The Cincinnati Reds have signed left hander Wade Miley to a $15 million contract over the next two years with a club option for 2022. If the Reds were to exercise that option the deal would be worth a total of $24 million.
Miley was lights out during most of the season with Houston last year. That being said he made a turn for the worse after the All Star to the point he eventually wasn’t included on the Astros post season roster. As a Reds fan I’ll be hoping we see more of that early success vs. what started to appear later in the year.
Miley also has connections to the Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson. Miley threw with the Brewers while Johnson led up the pitching staff there. I have to imagine this signing aligns to where Johnson probably had put in a good word and sees something from the 33 year old. If that’s the case then hopefully we’ll see more of that early success that Miley had with Houston.
It’s good to see the Reds making moves to support the push next year. Miley will do the job of filling in a spot on the back of the rotation to give some of our younger guys more time to develop in Louisville or possibly make a move to relief help if the Reds decide they can’t find any options from the market. Either way it’s another option the Reds can look to for support when it comes to finding someone to take the mound.
I’ve had a week or so to think about this since I started the draft of this post and I must say I’m really liking this deal. We already had a solid front of the rotation so there was no need to make a blockbuster deal for the likes of Gerrit Cole. The Reds just needed someone who they could give the ball to every 5 days in hopes they don’t screw it up. They got just that and a left handed thrower to boot.