Roster Moves: Cubs exercise 2022 option on Wade Miley


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Cubs excercised the $10 million option on Miley (David Kohl - USA Today Sports)
Cubs excercised the $10 million option on Miley (David Kohl - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today exercised their 2022 club contract option on left-handed pitcher Wade Miley, acquired off waivers from Cincinnati on Friday.

Miley, who turns 35 on November 13, 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 allowed 37 earned runs in his first 20 starts of the season (2.75 ERA), becoming the third pitcher in Reds’ history, age 34 or older, to allow as few as 37 earned runs in his first 20 starts to a campaign. In 16 outings 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) in 283 games (277 starts) lifetime. Since 2012, Miley ranks among the fourth among 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 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.

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