Jul 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley (36) pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline is only four days away, and the rumors surrounding the Diamondbacks have virtually stayed the same over the past few weeks.
If the Dbacks make a trade, it will likely come from the pen with Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler the likely candidates. Aaron Hill and Martin Prado could get traded, but it’s unlikely especially given that both players are hot, and I’m sure the team wants to keep the same core in place for contention in 2015. Gerardo Parra has also been discussed in rumors, especially with the emergence of David Peralta.
One name that we haven’t talked about a lot but certainly is drawing attention is Wade Miley. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted out on July 11 that Wade Miley is unavailable to other teams. He is under control till 2017 and it wouldn’t make sense for him to be traded especially given his recent hot streak. Aside from a bad start against the Phillies, he has looked like the Wade Miley that we saw in 2011 when he competed for a CY Young.
One team that is reported in Miley is the Miami Marlins. The Marlins are still in the wild card race, and N.L East division race, and have played well of late. They could use another starter. Clark Spencer, who is the Marlins beat writer for the Miami Herald reported this today:
“Among the pitchers that fit the profile and the Marlins are thought to be considering:
• Oakland left-hander Tommy Milone, who reportedly asked the A’s to trade him after being demoted to the minors. Milone is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA this season; 32-22 with a 3.84 ERA in 78 career starts.
• Arizona lefty Wade Miley, who is also three seasons away from free agency. Miley, a fly-ball pitcher who would fit well at Marlins Park, has gone 36-30 with a 3.73 ERA in 91 career starts with the Diamondbacks.
• San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is 8-9 with a 3.66 in 22 starts for the Padres. Kennedy brings more experience (61-49 with a 3.96 ERA in 163 career starts) but is closer to free agency and, with only one arbitration year left, would be a costlier option for the Marlins.
The Diamondbacks want to keep the core together, and as I said it would be foolish to trade Miley. Rosenthal says he is untouchable no matter the deal, and it’s not surprising.
Given the Snakes current starting pitching situation, it isn’t wise to trade one of the team’s only consistent starters, and a valuable part of 2015, when the Dbacks expect to contend. Despite this rumors, there is probably a 99.9% chance Miley doesnt get traded. Miami is more likely to get Kennedy or Milone.