Wade Miley was a savvy pickup by the Cubs and a trade candidate
Wade Miley has yet to pitch for the Cubs this year but his destiny with them probably won’t last far beyond 2022. Coming off of an unexpectedly productive season with the Reds in 2021 where he was 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA, the Cubs snagged him off of waivers in early November.
Miley has been everything from a workhorse All-Star to a guy struggling to keep his ERA under 5.00. The 2022 season will be his age 35 campaign. What does the lefty have in store?
Diving into the minds of the Cubs’ front office, it makes sense why they would pick him up from the rival Reds. The $10 million contract is affordable enough for a lefty starter. What do they have to lose other than money?
Miley should, hopefully, be back with the Cubs sooner than later where he can pitch for his eighth big league team in his 12th season. A prototypical veteran lefty on an expiring contract, he’s someone the Cubs added to help themselves maybe pull off some magic or at least become a trade deadline asset to deal. Considering they haven’t gotten out of the gate looking like one of the best teams in the league—outside of some beatings against the Pittsburgh Pirates—Miley probably ends up as a trade piece and not someone celebrating a championship with them in October.