The Orioles trade for left-handed pitcher Wade Miley is about par for the course for the team. It's not a splashy deal, but it could pay off if everything goes right.
More importantly, they didn't trade a major prospect and Miley isn't a rental, as he's signed through the 2017 season with a team-option for 2018. And he gives the team a left-handed pitcher in the starting rotation, something that haven't had all season.
Miley is 56-54 with a 4.07 ERA in his six-year carrer. He spent 2015 with Boston posting an 11-11 record, so he has experience against the American League East, even though his stats aren't overly impressive compiling a 6-9 record with a 4.74 ERA in 22 starts.
Miley has been showing signs of improvement recently even though his record doesn't show that. But in four of his last five starts, he pitched six-plus innings. His most recent start was an impressive one Saturday against the Cubs (one hit, one run, one walk, nine strikeouts in seven innings). Maybe being part of a pennat race will help as Miley has never made the playoffs and is known as a fierce competitor.
But this is just the type of move the Orioles, especially under Dan Duquette make. The cost for an "ace" was too high for the Orioles and even for most teams.
The trade deadline isn't until 4 p.m. today, so there is time for the Orioles to still make other moves, but don't expect a real head turner.