With less than 24 hours until the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, it is likely that the Red Sox team that takes the field on Friday against the Yankees will be quite different than the one we’ve seen though the first four months of the season.
Two players that may be on their way out – Andrew Miller and Koji Uehara – both saw time in Wednesday’s game, and may have appeared before the Fenway Faithful as members of the Sox for the final time.
Miller came in with the Red Sox down 6-1 in the top of the seventh and promptly struck out the side of Nolan Reimold, Colby Rasmus, and Danny Valencia on 14 total pitches to end the inning.
Uehara being called upon in the ninth inning isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but with the team trailing by five runs, it may have been a chance for the fans to say “Farewell” in case Uehara was in a different uniform come 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Like Miller, Uehara shut down the Jays in order, getting Dioner Navarro to fly out, Dan Johnson to ground out, and Rasmus to strike out. He threw just nine pitches in the frame – all strikes.
Over all of the disappointment the 2014 Red Sox have been through, their bullpen has been a bright light, especially Miller and Uehara. Miller has struck out 69 batters and walked 13 in 42 1/3 innings this year, while Uehara has thrown 48 2/3 innings, striking out 64 and walking just six to go along with his 21 saves.
Both pitchers would prove to be a valuable asset to any contender looking to bolster their bullpen for a run at a World Series title.