The Red Sox acquired left-hander Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Wade Miley: 'I'm excited to get this opportunity to join [the Red Sox]'

Ryan Hannable
December 12, 2014 - 4:59 pm

After a few days of it first being reported, the Red Sox' trade with the Diamondbacks became official on Friday. The Red Sox acquired All-Star left-handed pitcher Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and minor league infielder Raymel Flores. Miley, 28, was the Diamondbacks' Opening Day starter last season, and in 2012 was a NL All-Star, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting to Bryce Harper. The left-hander wasn't completely surprised by the trade and is looking forward to coming to Boston. "I'm excited about the opportunity," Miley said on a conference call Friday night. "I kind of had some thoughts earlier, I talked to my agent a couple of times and he said there might be something in the works. Really didn't know what it was, but everything kind of went down. It was a little hectic, but it's a great opportunity and I am looking forward to this next chapter." General manager Ben Cherington said Miley was one of the team's targets since the season ended, and they had been in discussions with the Diamondbacks even before the GM meetings last month. "Given Arizona's situation we thought it would be possible they would listen, not certain at all, so we checked in," Cherington said on Friday's conference call. "A series of conversations going back to even before the GM meetings, then during the GM meetings and then since then a lot of back and forth, a lot of hot and cold. There were times when we talked it might be possible and then there were times when it seemed to go away. Fortunately it came back to us this week." It wasn't the best of season's for Miley last year, as he went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA, in the Diamondbacks' 64-98 season. Even with the struggles he remained durable. His 33 starts overall tied for the lead among National League left-handers, one shy of the major league lead. In his three full years as a starter, he has thrown over 194 innings in all three, including 200+ innings the last two seasons. "I felt like a could have done a lot of things differently and better," said Miley. "It was one of those things, you take it and learn from some of the things. I felt like I learned a lot about it and I am going to move forward into next season." "I really enjoy taking the mound," he added. "I would like to think of myself as a pretty fierce competitor and every time I get the opportunity to have the ball I try and go as deep as I can and give my team every chance to win that I possibly can. Definitely take pride in making every start and if you make every start there is a good chance you are going to rack up some innings." Miley, a supplemental first-round selection by Arizona in the 2008 June Draft (48th overall), has pitched strictly in the National League, so he will be pitching in the American League for the first time in his career. In 12 career games against the American League, the left-hander is 5-3 with a 4.44 ERA. He is looking forward to the opportunity to put on the Red Sox uniform and compete in the AL East. "Everyone knows about the AL East, it's premier baseball," said Miley. "I'm excited to get this opportunity to join this club. I know they do a lot of great things in Boston and it's just going to be an awesome time getting to know everyone and know this league." Miley joins a Red Sox rotation, who at the current moment has (in no order): Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Miley, Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson and possibly Anthony Ranaudo. "We'll leave the order up to John [Farrell] and Juan [Nieves] to figure out during the spring," Cherington said. "We feel like the five guys that we have right now you put in the rotation, Wade included, any of those five guys can help us win a game on any given day. I think once Opening Day is gone the whole No. 1 starter thing is overrated. Whoever takes the ball that night is their responsibility to help us win and pitch every five days so the order doesn't really matter as much once you get past Opening Day."