Cubs claim lefty starter Wade Miley off waivers
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher Wade Miley off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
Miley, 35, finished 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA (61 ER/163.0 IP) in 28 starts for the Reds in 2021, including his first career no-hitter on May 7 in Cleveland. The left-handed pitcher was named the National League Pitcher of the Week following his no-hitter, his first career weekly award. Miley went on to allow only 37 earned runs over his first 20 starts of the season (2.75 ERA), becoming the third pitcher in Reds’ history to accomplish the feat. Over 16 starts from May 31-August 27, Miley went 7-0 with a 2.41 ERA (27 ER/101.0 IP), tying the longest winning streak of his career.
Miley, who is entering his 12th major league season in 2022, is 97-92 with a 4.15 ERA (729 ER/1,581.0 IP) over 283 games (277 starts) lifetime. Since 2012, Miley ranks among the fourth among all major league pitchers in starts (270) and 11th in innings (1,541.0). During his first full major league season in 2012, Miley finished second in the BBWAA’s N.L. Rookie of the Year voting, was named a National League All-Star and the N.L. Rookie of the Month in April.
The lefthander has been a part of the Arizona (2008-14), Boston (2015), Seattle (2016), Baltimore (2016-17), Milwaukee (2018), Houston (2019) and Cincinnati (2020-21) organizations during his career.
The six-foot, two-inch, 220-pound Miley was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round (43rd overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. The Hammond, La., native attended Loranger High School in Loranger, La., and pitched for three seasons at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Wade Miley owed $10 million (assuming the Cubs pick up the option for 2022). Helped Houston get to the postseason in 2019. Had a 3.37 ERA for the Reds last year. Should be a good clubhouse guy for younger pitchers.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 5, 2021
Reds save $1 million buyout by letting Cubs claim Miley off of waivers .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 5, 2021