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Roenis Elias experiment with Red Sox ends, traded to Seattle

Rob Bradford
April 23, 2018 - 2:08 pm

He always represented an intriguing option for the Red Sox. But ultimately Roenis Elias wasn't intriguing enough.

The lefty reliever was traded to Seattle Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The 29-year-old Elias had come to the Red Sox prior to the 2016 season along with Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. While he arrived in Boston with 51 major league appearanes with Seattle (49 starts), Elias was never able to find any sustained time with the Sox, going 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA in just four games (one start).

The Red Sox attempted to make Elias a reliever early on in spring training this season, having the lefty drop his arm angle exclusively to left-handed hitters. But command issues ultimately led him to start the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he allowed one run in 7 1/2 innings over four relief outings.

The Sox would have still seemed to win the trade, with Carson Smith finally finding himself as a late-inning option in the big league club's bullpen. Miley went 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 111 innings in his only season with the Mariners, while Aro appeared in just one game for Seattle. Miley signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers prior to this season, having started the year in the minors while recovering from a groin injury. Aro pitches for San Diego's Triple-A club.

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