Wade Miley headed to Mariners, Red Sox get pair of pitchers in return

Baseball For the second consecutive year, Wade Miley has a new employer for the holidays.According to multiple reports, the left-hander is headed to the Mariners just shy of the one-year anniversary of the trade that brought him to Boston from Arizona last December. Minor-league reliever Jonathan Aro also is going to Seattle in the deal, with pitchers Roenis Elias

and Carson Smith bound for Boston.Miley, 29, has been a rotation mainstay since 2012, first for the Diamondbacks and then for the Red Sox, though his ERA has risen each year. He was an All-Star in 2012 and placed a close second to Bryce Harper in NL Rookie of the Year voting after going 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA, but the latter number has gone from 3.55 to 4.34 to 4.46 the last three seasons. His career ERA+ of 101 marks him as the definition of an average starter.He is under contract through 2017 and is set to make $6.2 million next season.Smith is the key part of the Red Sox's return. The 6-6 right-hander posted a 2.31 ERA in 70 relief appearances for Seattle in 2015, striking out 92 in 70 innings. Elias, a lefty, spent much of the year in Seattle's rotation, going 5-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 22 appearances, all but two of them starts.

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