The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox have agreed to a trade to swap young pitchers. Baltimore will send 25-year old relief pitcher Randor Bierd in exchange for 25-year old starting pitcher prospect David Pauley from Boston.
Pauley, who had a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts for Triple A Pawtucket in 2008, was designated for assignment after the Red Sox signed John Smoltz.
Bierd pitched 36.6 innings (with a 4.91 ERA) for Baltimore in '08, and spent a large portion of the season on the DL.
Bierd was acquired from the Tigers during the 2007 Rule 5 draft. All Rule V picks must be on the major league roster if healthy.
This trade makes a lot of sense for both teams.
Pauley could be a solid No. 4 or 5 pitcher as soon as 2009, which is something that the Orioles desperately need. Despite the additions of Koji Uehara and Mark Hendrickson, the Orioles still have a porous rotation and need to fill starting spots.
Pauley will likely fill the shoes of Garett Olson, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for OF Felix Pie.
The Red Sox, who hope to once again reach the play-offs, already have a solid rotation and wouldn't have much room for Pauley. Bierd provides them an additional bullpen pitcher and has outstanding control. He won't be a star, but he can be a very solid addition to their bullpen.