Does anyone know how Boston’s former lefty is doing in Seattle?
What was his name again? Oh yeah, Wade Miley.
On December 7, 2015 the Red Sox traded Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners for Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.
This trade was supposed to shed dead weight in a poor starting rotation and bolster the back end of the bullpen with a young talented arm.
Prior to departing for Beantown, Smith had an impressive 92 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA in only 70 career innings pitched.
This trade seemed to be a steal.
To sweeten the pot even more, Miley’s numbers in Boston were nothing to gloat about. In 32 starts he posted an 11-11 record with a 4.46 ERA, 1.386 WHIP, 147 strikeouts in 193.2 innings pitched.
Lets see how social media initially reacted to the trade:
AL scout here at WM says Red Sox made a "smart trade"in getting Carson Smith for bullpen: "Smith, Uehara, and Kimbrel is a strong back end."
— John Harper (@NYNJHarper) December 8, 2015
The @RedSox trade for Carson Smith may prove to be the best move of the offseason. Rebuilding the 'pen is key.
— Johnathan McGinty (@johnemcginty) December 8, 2015
Yes, at first everyone loved this trade. This was going to be the “steal of the offseason.” Well lets come back to present day.
This season, Smith, who only recorded eight outs in 2.2 innings, recently had Tommy John surgery. His season is over.
And as for that bearded fella in Seattle, he’s currently 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 41 strikeouts in nine starts.
With the way the Red Sox rotation currently is, having Miley wouldn’t be a bad thing. His numbers are better than Clay Buchholz’s, who for some reason the Sox always keep giving second and third chances too.
Miley is posting these numbers in a Seattle Mariners offense that isn’t close to the Sox, so could you imagine him back in the rotation with this current team?
Too put just a little more salt in the wound. Jonathan Aro, the second piece of the trade, is currently in Triple A Tacoma. In 14 appearances he’s pitched 22 innings with a 1.64 ERA and 14 strikeouts.
How’s Elias doing? Well in Triple A Pawtucket he’s appeared in six games posting a 1-3 record with a 4.96 ERA and 33 strikeouts. Let’s remind everyone that he is a starter for Pawtucket.
It seems as if attitudes have changed since this trade occurred:
I feel terrible for Carson Smith, but @mariners win that trade we all originally questioned
— Brett Patterson (@patterba) May 24, 2016
Never thought the Wade Miley trade would be won by the #Mariners but with Carson Smith needing TJ, chalk this one up as a win for JeDi
— Andy Greenberg (@AndyTheG) May 24, 2016
Time will tell if this deal truly is a loss for Red Sox Nation, but as of right now it certainly is. The Sox control the contract of Smith through the 2021 season so he could come back and be the bullpen piece we all expected.
My fingers are crossed.