Baltimore continues its search for starting pitching and is interested in Mariners starter Wade Miley, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Since the end of June, the Orioles have been seeking starting pitching help and are known to be especially interested in a left-handed starting option. After falling to the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, the Orioles are half a game behind Toronto in the American League East standings.
It seems Seattle has made Miley available, most notably after General Manager Jerry Dipoto told Heyman the Mariners aren’t considering moving James Paxton or Taijuan Walker.
Seattle could position itself to take advantage of a starting pitching market that doesn’t feature many lefties. Jon Niese, Matt Moore and Hector Santiago appear to be the lefties drawing the most interest, although the Rays and Angels might be reluctant to move their left-handed starters.
Rich Hill was expected to be one of the top starting options available before he was placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Miley, 29, isn’t eligible for free agency until 2018 but is having the worst season of his professional career. Over 105.0 innings with the Mariners, he’s pitched to a 5.23 ERA and 5.00 FIP.
Miley has pitched to a career 4.09 ERA and 3.93 FIP and might be one of the more established non-rental options for the Orioles to consider.