Source: Red Sox showing interest in Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley

December 10, 2014 - 8:16 am

According to an industry source, the Red Sox have engaged in discussions with the Diamondbacks about the possibility of acquiring left-hander Wade Miley. The Diamondbacks appear to be focused on acquiring pitching in return for the 28-year-old left-hander. In parts of four seasons, Miley -- a 2008 first-rounder -- is 38-35 with a 3.79 ERA. He's thrown at least 194 innings in each of the last three seasons, performing at a level described by one evaluator as a solid No. 4. He's struck out 7.0 per nine innings in his career, including a career-high 8.4 per nine innings in 2014, though after posting ERAs of 3.33 and 3.54 in 2012 and 2013, Miley had a 4.34 ERA last season. That said, his numbers were made worse by a putrid Diamondbacks defense, and he's also spent his career in one of the more difficult home pitching environments in the game. While he is not being viewed by the Sox as a potential top-of-the-rotation replacement for Jon Lester, his career track record suggests a potentially stabilizing rotation presence. Miley is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this offseason. He remains under team control for three years before he'll be eligible for free agency following the 2017 season.