August 4, 2021

Wade Miley agrees to 2-year, $15M deal with Reds, source says (ESPN)


Left-hander Wade Miley has agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, confirming multiple reports.

The deal includes a club option for 2022 that, if exercised, can bring the total value to $24 million, the source said.

Miley, 33, went 14-6 with a 3.98 ERA and 140 strikeouts for the Houston Astros during the regular season, but he tailed off badly down the stretch and — after making just one appearance during the American League Division Series — was left off the rosters for both the AL Championship Series and the World Series.

Miley got off to a sizzling start in 2019, going 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA over 18 starts to earn All-Star consideration. However, after the break, his ERA ballooned to 5.07 over 15 outings, including a stretch in which he allowed 21 runs over 11⅓ innings in his final five regular-season appearances in September.

Also armed with a curveball, Miley has relied mostly on a cutter/changeup profile over the past two seasons, with hitters swinging and missing at nearly 18% of the changeups he threw. He has proven to be durable, not missing a start since July 12, 2018. And since the start of that season, he…

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