After the Orioles added left-hander Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox shortly before Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline, it brought predictably positive reactions from the home clubhouse at Camden Yards.
And for good reason.
Orioles hitters have routinely struggled against their new teammate, going a combined 9-for-54 against Miller with 15 strikeouts and five walks. First baseman Chris Davis has the worst career numbers against Miller, having gone 0-for-8 with seven strikeouts.
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The Orioles added Miller, a left-handed reliever, to the bullpen Thursday about an hour before the deadline. Miller, 29, was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor-league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
Miller had a 2.39 ERA in 42 1/3 innings for the Red Sox this season, and his 5.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 17th among major league relievers. The 2006 first-round pick is expected to be in uniform tonight and available for the Orioles’ series opener against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards.
Here's what a handful of Orioles players said about the trade for Miller:
Davis: “I think it obviously makes our bullpen a lot stronger. I know the guy we gave up, we had pretty high expectations for him … saw him throw a little bit in spring training … but you never know. Those guys are still a little ways away in development. If we can get a guy that can impact our club right now, I think it’s better for us. I thought our bullpen is scary, and it just got a little scarier.
“… I wonder if he’s going to shave his beard. That’s the question nobody is asking. Is he going to shave his beard? I hope he doesn’t.”
Shortstop J.J. Hardy: “He’s a guy no one likes to face … a very uncomfortable at-bat. He’s a guy who can get an out when you really need it. I think he’s going to be great.”
Hardy is 2-for-8 with one RBI against Miller in his career.
Right-hander Tommy Hunter: “We’ve got a pretty good bullpen, and he’s going to add to that. That’s the reason you make a trade, to get anther piece of the puzzle. We just got a little better.”
Right fielder Nick Markakis, on whether it’ll be nice to not have to face Miller in the remaining Boston series: “Of course, but the bigger thing is, he can help us. It just makes us better. He’s a guy who can get both lefties and righties out. He’s a good guy to have for the seventh inning. We’ll see where he fits in, and he’s going to help us tremendously.”
Markakis is 3-for-13 with one RBI against Miller in his career.
Right-hander Darren O’Day, on what Miller’s addition means for the club: “Right now, we control our own destiny. That’s what we’re focused on, just winning games. You didn’t mention the Yankees adding guys. And the Rays are the Rays; they’ll still be good. It’s still going to be a tough fight to get to the end, for sure. Nobody’s won this division yet.”
Other Orioles hitters against Miller:
Adam Jones: 2-for-11, 1 RBI
Delmon Young: 1-for-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Nick Hundley: 0-for-3, 1 RBI