By: Joey Segur
Jerry Dipoto continues to make his first year in Seattle a interesting one sending Roenis Elias and Carson Smith to The Red Soxs for lefty starter Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro.
After the Mariners were unsuccessful in the resigning of Iwakuma, they knew they had to go after a starter and get one quick. Wade Miley seems to be that quick fix, but the cost of sending Elias and Smith just doesn’t seem right. Carson Smith had a stellar rookie season posting a 2.31 ERA with 13 saves over 70 innings pitched in 70 games. Smith was mostly known as a solid set up pitcher but ended up taking over the closing job for a bit after Rodney continued to blow saves.
With the injury bug hitting the Mariners rotation hard last year, it seems Dipoto didn’t want a young rotation to feel the pressure and stress of pitching quality games all season long. They needed a solid anchor and it seems Miley will be that anchor. Yes Iwakuma would have been nice in the rotation, but Miley is 5 years younger than Iwakuma and is costing the Mariners pretty much half of what Iwakuma was looking for. Miley has a career record of 49-46 with a ERA of 3.95 in 138 games. The past few season Miley has been a solid 190 innings pitched starter and has stayed healthy in that process. Playing in a pitchers ball park that is Safeco Field, we should expect Miley to be a solid cheap starter.
It looks like the starting Rotation for the 2016 Mariners would be King Felix, Taijuan Walker, Nathan Karns, James Paxton and Wade Miley. Now that Dipoto has the rotation set, he has to focus on revamping the bullpen and adding some more depth in the infield, preferably at 1st base. With the Winter Meetings starting yesterday I am sure Dipoto has a lot more work that will get done.