Wade Miley has been the hot topic of the Winter Meetings today, taking center stage after Jon Lester announced his decision to sign with the Chicago Cubs. The Miami Marlins have interest in Miley dating back to the trade deadline last season and were apparently closing in on a deal, before the Arizona Diamondbacks decided last minute to “pull out. This according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:
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As is the case with many failed trades, we’ll never truly know who was involved in the talks between the two teams. Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney are two names that have been shopped around by the Marlins this off-season, in order to acquire an upgrade. Trading either of them for Miley would be something that I would not have been a fan of, even though I do like the idea of the Marlins acquiring Miley.
If the Marlins were to have acquired Miley, the team would have had a prominent left hander in their rotation for the first time since 2012, when Mark Buehrle played his lone season for the Marlins. The last Marlins left hander to span a longer period was Scott Olsen.
Miley has pitched 200+ innings each of the past two seasons, consistently posting a 3.98 FIP in both those seasons. His game would have been a better fit at Marlins Park than in Arizona, as he has struggled with home runs in the more hitter friendly park the past two seasons.
With the Marlins out of the running for Miley’s services, the chances he lands in Boston go up. But of course, the Diamondbacks could always look to hold onto the left hander, as he’s still under team control for the next two seasons.
According to Joe Frisaro, the Marlins next move could be for a bat, over a pitcher.