Baltimore Orioles: For those wanting to buy, be careful what you wish for

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 30: Ariel Miranda
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 30: Ariel Miranda /
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Ariel Miranda
SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 20: Starter Ariel Miranda /

2016 – Ariel Miranda to Seattle Mariners for Wade Miley

I think the fact I remember where I was when this trade happens is due to my anger about it.

Miranda had appeared in one game for the Orioles in 2016, going two innings and allowing three runs in mop-up duty. However, he was doing very well in the minor leagues, and the Orioles would have been smart to keep him and develop him.

Instead, they again wanted veteran pitching for the stretch, knowing Dylan Bundy was going to be on an innings limit. Not like having Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t enough veteran starters, but Tillman was hurt, Gallardo was terrible, and Jimenez was in the bullpen.

Well, Miranda has gone 12-6 for the Mariners with an ERA right around 4. His WHIP is just above 1.1

Miley, meanwhile, has been underwhelming. He has the reverse record, going 6-12 with a 5.43 ERA and a WHIP of 1.68. Horrendous. Terrible. Need a few more adjectives?

The Baltimore Orioles have sent away starting pitching in each of the last four years, pitchers who are a combined 115-62 in the major leagues.


Let that sink in a little bit.

If you want the Orioles to be sellers, they have the opportunity to gain some of these top young pitchers.

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If you want them to be buyers, beware. The Baltimore Orioles have precious little young pitching as it is.

Trading any starting pitching would only make the team worse.