No. 4 – Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox
Don’t act like you didn’t see this one coming. Orioles fans have seen plenty of Eduardo Rodriguez, and it’s been a constant reminder that we could’ve had him in our rotation.
Rodriguez is currently out for quite some time with a knee injury, but during his time in Boston, he’s proven himself to be a very capable starter, posting a 3.54 ERA and a 9.59 K/9 so far this year, with promising potential.
E-Rod signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 as an international free agent and was dealt to the Red Sox in 2014 for relief pitcher Andrew Miller, who only spent the remainder of that season with the Orioles.
Now, I have a personal caveat here: I think that, without Miller, the Orioles might not have been able to reach the ALCS where they lost to the Kansas City Royals. Now, yes, that ALCS was severely disappointing, but it was the furthest the Orioles had gone in the playoffs in a long time, and was one of the most exciting seasons in recent history for the team.
Andrew Miller is partially to thank for that, but considering how short of a time he was with the Orioles and the amount of potential Rodriguez is showing, it’s fair to wonder if it was really worth it.