By Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons
Acquired RHP Carson Smith and LHP Roenis Elias from theSeattle Mariners in exchange for LHP Wade Miley and RHPJonathan Aro. [12/7]
The joke, as you may have heard, is that Dave Dombrowski came to Boston and inherited a team with a lot of solid pieces and loads of potential. The only part of the team that was a complete disaster was the bullpen-the one thing that the golden god of the big-ticket trade was never able to fix in Detroit. With the acquisition of Carson Smith to complement Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara, it looks like Dombo might have cracked the bullpen code.
All you need to do is give up one or two top-50 minor leaguers and a solid cost-controlled left-handed starter, and you too can build a very scary late-inning composite!
Smith, toiling in near-obscurity among the many small disappointments of the 2015 Seattle Mariners season, emerged as one of the AL’s best relievers. He came off his DRA-breaking 2014 cup of coffee to emerge as a late-inning force, mixing nearly a dozen strikeouts per nine innings with a ground-ball rate (66 percent) that would make even Dallas Keuchel
envious. His slider is a true out-pitch, and makes opposing batters swing and miss (21.8 percent whiff rate) or drill the ball into the dirt. He was fifth among qualified MLB relievers in FIP
(2.09), 11th in cFIP
(67), and 17th in DRA
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