Andrew Miller is the latest Red Sox pitcher headed out of town.
The Red Sox traded Miller to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline.
“He’s just another good piece,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He goes with some other good pieces down there. He gives us more depth down there, keep passing the load around.
“I think he’s a little more than just a lefthanded arm. You look at lefthanded relievers, the ideal ones are the guys that you’ve got left-right-left and you can leave them in there for the right.”
The Red Sox will receive minor-league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who is assigned to the Double A Bowie Baysox. Rodriguez, a 21-year-old lefthander, is 3-7 in 16 starts this season and has a 4.79 ERA. He is a native of Venezuela.
‘‘I’m not excited about losing Eduardo, but you’ve got to give up quality to get quality,’’ Showalter said. ‘‘It’s a tribute to our farm system that we could sign and develop someone that brought Andrew.’’
Miller, who was injured during the Red Sox’ postseason success last season, joins a club that leads the AL East division over the Blue Jays.
Miller is a quality lefthanded reliever who is 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 42⅓ innings this season.
He had been with the Red Sox since 2011. Boston turned him into a full-time reliever in 2012, and he had made 140 relief appearances over the past three seasons.
The Red Sox built a good rapport with Miller, who will be a free agent after the season, and could re-sign him in the offseason.An Associated Press report was included in this report.