Monday night saw Wade Miley dominate the Mariners, but as Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com tells it, Miley came very close to pitching for Seattle rather than against them. Miley, currently 8-3 with a 2.30 ERA, was apparently someone the Diamondbacks shopped around when looking for a closer in July of 2010. More on the trade that wasn't after the jump.
More on what might have happened:
The Diamondbacks were having discussions with, of all teams, the Seattle Mariners about a deal that would have sent closer David Aardsma to the Diamondbacks and Miley to Seattle.
The Diamondbacks had no answer at closer for 2011 and Aardsma might have solved that problem. In 2009 and 2010, he had finally found a way to harness his power repertoire and looked to be a reliever on the rise. Instead, he had elbow problems before last season and needed Tommy John. He hasn’t pitched since 2010.
The trade never happened, possibly thanks to the support of Double-A pitching coach Dan Carlson:
“I said, ‘This guy is ready to pitch in the big leagues,’” Carlson recalled Tuesday. “I said that if you give him 10 years in the big leagues, he’s going to win 100-150 games if he can stay healthy. I know that was a pretty bold statement, but I hope he lives up to it.”
Lucky for Diamondbacks fans that the team held on to the prospect, who now has the opportunity to live up to Carlson's expectations in Arizona.