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Monday, December 5, 2022

Andrew Miller Traded to the Orioles

The Pirates had been linked to Andrew Miller, along with several other left-handed relievers, leading up to the deadline. Miller was just dealt to the Orioles, according to Jerry Crasnick.

The return was pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was the number three prospect in Baltimore’s system, according to Baseball America. His pre-season grade was a 55 upside, and medium risk. That’s the same grade that Nick Kingham got in the Pirates’ system. However, it seems Rodriguez’s value has slipped some. Ben Badler had the following update on the right-hander.

JJ Cooper says he has a chance to bounce back and be a middle of the rotation starter if his stuff returns.

Because of this change, and because Kingham has possibly increased his stock, I’d say a similar return for the Pirates would be Adrian Sampson. That’s a pitcher who has back of the rotation stuff, with a chance to improve and be a middle of the rotation guy. Miller is only under control for two months, so that would be a pretty big return.

It will be interesting to see if the lefty reliever market opens up in the next 45 minutes now that Miller, the top option, is off the board.

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st1300b

The return makes no sense yet. Nick Franklin to TB for Price??? Not enough at all… more must be coming.

st1300b

Drew to Yanks and Tigers look to have gotten Price

deacs

Um………..I probably wouldn’t do this even though the Pirates are growing RHP on trees. I get the appeal of Miller though.

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