Before the Cincinnati Reds Hot Stove League show tonight on 700 WLW, Cincinnati Reds General Manager Nick Krall and newly signed left-handed starting pitcher Wade Miley took questions from the local press. You can watch/listen below.
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As with nearly every move made in sports, there are going to be varying opinions on said move. Today the Cincinnati Reds made it official, announcing the signing of left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to a 2-year deal worth $15M (which includes the $1M buyout for his option year in 2022 if the team declines). We’ll have some opinions from the Redleg Nation staff on the move later this week, but for today we are going to look at what some of the media around the country is saying about the move. Be sure to go read each piece in full, as they all have far more information than what is shared here and the move and how Miley could help the team.
Beyond The Box Score
Kenny Kelly wrote earlier today that Wade Miley gives the Cincinnati Reds the best rotation in the National League Central.
With the Astros, Miley threw 167 1?3 acceptable innings. Though every ERA estimator suggested he was worse than his 3.98 ERA, they still have him pegged as a roughly league average pitcher. He’s a fitting addition for an already strong Reds rotation that features Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo at the top with Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani in the middle.
Wade Miley is not the sort of signing that puts a team over the top, but it’s a reminder that the Reds are closer to a division title than their 75-87 record would indicate. Baseball Prospectus’s third-order winning percentage, which is based on the team’s underlying performance and adjusts for the quality of their opponents, had the Reds in a virtual tie with the Brewers at 86 wins and two games behind the Cubs and a surmountable five games behind the Cardinals.
Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic
Also published earlier this afternoon, Ken Rosenthal takes a look at Wade Miley and what exactly happened to him last season with the Houston Astros. On August 30th he had a 3.06 ERA in 156.0 innings with 54 walks and 134 strikeouts. Hitters had a .677 OPS against him. And then September happened. In three of his five starts he didn’t record more than three outs. In two of them he didn’t record more than ONE out. Hitters posted a 1.205 OPS against him in those five starts and his ERA was 16.68 as he allowed 21 runs over 11.1 innings with seven walks and just six strikeouts.
Check your glove.
Miley, 33, thought he had checked everything. He maintained to reporters several times in September he was not tipping pitches. But it turned out that was exactly his problem.
Jake Mailhot, who I assume is from the Hotmail dot com family tree, wrote about the re-unification of Wade Miley and Derek Johnson in Cincinnati.
Adding Miley wasn’t a huge boost to their projected WAR but he does provide some needed consistency. He effectively bumps Tyler Mahle — a league average starter in his own right — from the rotation, but Miley has a long track record of durability. He’s surpassed 150 innings pitched in seven of his eight full seasons in the majors with the only exception being his year in Milwaukee where he dealt with a couple of non-throwing arm injuries. Reuniting with Johnson gives Miley the best chance of maximizing his ceiling while he continues to hone his repertoire in the later stages of his career.
C. Trent Rosecrans at The Athletic
As would be expected, Trent was quickly on top of things over at The Athletic. Several days ago he chimed in on what the move means, or at least could mean for the Cincinnati Reds.
It wasn’t that long ago — just about three years — that Scott Feldman was the Reds’ Opening Day starter. A year later, Homer Bailey started the first game and Tyler Mahle, a rookie with four big-league starts under his belt, started the team’s fourth game of the season.
With the addition of lefty Wade Miley, Mahle appears on the outside of the 2020 rotation, a sign of just how far the team has come in building its rotation over the past two seasons.
The Overall Reaction
No one seems to believe that this is a true game changing type of move. But for the price paid, that shouldn’t be expected. What it does seem though is that everyone seems to believe this move makes the Cincinnati Reds better. Between being an upgrade to the rotation, it also gives the team depth to work with, too.