Allen Webster was traded to the Diamondbacks for Wade Miley this week. (Getty Images)

Allen Webster was traded to the Diamondbacks for Wade Miley this week. (Getty Images)

It’s been a busy week for the Red Sox, as with a free agent signing and two trades the team has added three starting pitchers.

Maybe just as important for the organization, they didn’t have to dive too deep into their pool of young talented pitchers to do so, as they gave up Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a minor leaguer to acquire Wade Miley, and Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer to get Rick Porcello.

General manager Ben Cherington is satisfied with the rotation as it stands now, as well as the young arms up and coming behind them.

“If you look past the five guys you pencil in the rotation right now, we still feel like we have a good six or seven young pitchers beyond that who are all capable of being very good major league pitchers, and many of them major league starters in the not so distant future,” Cherington said on a conference call Friday night. “Of course we don’t know what date that will happen on. It is certainly possible one or two of them would get a look in a bullpen role if the opportunity is there. We’ve been able to acquire the three starters that we had this week while still maintaining really what we consider the top end of our young pitching and still have what we think his really good young pitching depth besides the five guys that will likely open the season in the rotation.”

De La Rosa and Webster were both acquired from the Dodgers in the 2012 blockbuster deal with the Dodgers. The two pitchers showed flashes of being able to have success in the majors, but were too inconsistent.

Over his two seasons of major league service with Boston, De La Rosa went 4-10 with a 4.54 ERA, while allowing 37 walks and striking out 80. He had eight quality starts in 2014 and allowed one run or less in six of his starts, which was the second-highest total on the staff behind Jon Lester (eight). Webster pitched to a 5-3 record with a 5.03 ERA, 28 walks, and 36 strikeouts in 11 games with the Red Sox last season. He spent the majority of his season with Triple-A Pawtucket where he appeared in 21 games, making 20 starts and posted a 2.90 ERA.

“Rubby [De La Rosa] and Webby [Webster] are obviously young, talented guys who still are expected to turn into good big league pitchers,” said Cherington. “They developed during the time in Boston and are probably closer to being big league pitchers than they were a couple years ago. That said, we’re in a position where we need to add good major league starting pitching ‘€¦ establish major league starting pitching and obviously Wade certainly is that guy, and to get a good left-handed major league starter like Wade whose got three years of control, three years of arbitration left, you have to give up something. Teams just aren’t going to give guys like Wade away.”

When speaking Friday night, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said the organization has the pair “penciled” in as No. 3 and 4 starters — something they wouldn’t be in Boston.

“Fortunately, we had young pitching depth to consider giving up a couple of young arms like Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster,” Cherington said. “Certainly we wish them well and we expect them to flourish, but we’re happy to get Wade on board and see him pitch in a Red Sox uniform.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After a few days of it first being reported, the Red Sox‘ trade with the Diamondbacks became official on Friday.

The Red Sox acquired left-hander Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Red Sox acquired left-hander Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

After a few days of it first being reported, the Red Sox’ trade with the Diamondbacks became official on Friday.

The Red Sox acquired All-Star left-handed pitcher Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores.

Miley, 28, was the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day starter last season, and in 2012 was a NL All-Star, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting to Bryce Harper. The left-hander wasn’t completely surprised by the trade and is looking forward to coming to Boston.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Miley said on a conference call Friday night. “I kind of had some thoughts earlier, I talked to my agent a couple of times and he said there might be something in the works. Really didn’t know what it was, but everything kind of went down. It was a little hectic, but it’s a great opportunity and I am looking forward to this next chapter.”

General manager Ben Cherington said Miley was one of the team’s targets since the season ended, and they had been in discussions with the Diamondbacks even before the GM meetings last month.

“Given Arizona’s situation we thought it would be possible they would listen, not certain at all, so we checked in,” Cherington said on Friday’s conference call. “A series of conversations going back to even before the GM meetings, then during the GM meetings and then since then a lot of back and forth, a lot of hot and cold. There were times when we talked it might be possible and then there were times when it seemed to go away. Fortunately it came back to us this week.”

It wasn’t the best of season’s for Miley last year, as he went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA, in the Diamondbacks’ 64-98 season. Even with the struggles he remained durable. His 33 starts overall tied for the lead among National League left-handers, one shy of the major league lead. In his three full years as a starter, he has thrown over 194 innings in all three, including 200+ innings the last two seasons.

“I felt like a could have done a lot of things differently and better,” said Miley. “It was one of those things, you take it and learn from some of the things. I felt like I learned a lot about it and I am going to move forward into next season.”

“I really enjoy taking the mound,” he added. “I would like to think of myself as a pretty fierce competitor and every time I get the opportunity to have the ball I try and go as deep as I can and give my team every chance to win that I possibly can. Definitely take pride in making every start and if you make every start there is a good chance you are going to rack up some innings.”

Miley, a supplemental first-round selection by Arizona in the 2008 June Draft (48th overall), has pitched strictly in the National League, so he will be pitching in the American League for the first time in his career. In 12 career games against the American League, the left-hander is 5-3 with a 4.44 ERA. He is looking forward to the opportunity to put on the Red Sox uniform and compete in the AL East.

“Everyone knows about the AL East, it’s premier baseball,” said Miley. “I’m excited to get this opportunity to join this club. I know they do a lot of great things in Boston and it’s just going to be an awesome time getting to know everyone and know this league.”

Miley joins a Red Sox rotation, who at the current moment has (in no order): Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Miley, Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson and possibly Anthony Ranaudo.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After agreeing to a trade with the Diamondbacks, reportedly on Wednesday night for left-handed starter Wade Miley, the two teams were not done the

Zeke Spruill was acquired by the Red Sox from the Diamondbacks on Friday. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

Zeke Spruill was acquired by the Red Sox from the Diamondbacks on Friday. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

After agreeing to a trade with the Diamondbacks, reportedly on Wednesday night for left-handed starter Wade Miley, the two teams were not done there.

Friday it was announced the Red Sox acquired Arizona right-handed reliever Zeke Spruill in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Myles Smith.

Smith spent last season with Single-A Greenville, going 5-10 with one save, a 5.82 ERA, 73 strikeouts, and 62 walks allowed in 26 outings, including 12 starts. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Spruill, 25, spent the majority of 2014 with the Diamondbacks’€™ Triple-A Reno affiliate, going 3-7 with a 6.04 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 79.0 innings over 28 outings (11 starts). He was called up to the big leagues late in the season and moved to the bullpen. He went 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA with 14 strikeouts and four walks in six outings. The Red Sox liked what they saw from him out of the bullpen, and was a major reason why they were drawn to him.

“It came together sort of quickly over the last day or so — he was designated earlier in the week,” general manager Ben Cherington said on a conference call Friday night. “He’s a guy we’ve also known through the draft out of Georgia and followed him. He was involved in a trade with the Braves. We got to see him late this year after he moved to the bullpen. Felt like he kind of looked like a different guy out of the bullpen.

“We liked how he looked out of the bullpen, how his stuff played out of the ‘pen. Guy who keeps the ball on the ground. Has good stuff, good life on his fastball and breaking ball. Just looked like a different guy out of the ‘pen and we wanted to take a shot at it because in the series of trades we made this week, obviously moving Alex Wilson and a couple of guys in this trade for Wade, it just helps us replenish some of the young pitching depth we gave up this week.”

Spruill will likely compete for a spot in the bullpen during spring training, and looks essentially like a replacement for Alex Wilson, who was sent to Detroit as a part of the Rick Porcello-Yoenis Cespedes deal.

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