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Mets Black Friday Shopping: Four potential bargain starting pitchers

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 07: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros reacts after the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Wade Miley

When you think about the Houston Astros pitching staff in 2019, the name Wade Miley probably doesn’t come to mind. The American League Champions had other, far better pitchers in their rotation. Miley was still a key part of their regular season success.

Miley made 33 starts for Houston and delivered a 14-6 record with a 3.98 ERA. After a successful season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 with a 5-2 record and 2.57 ERA in 16 starts, there’s reason to believe this veteran southpaw has something left to give.

The numbers he posted over the last two seasons don’t make Miley look like an obvious Black Friday buy. It’s the fact that the Astros left him off their World Series roster that should have him settling for a little less than he may be worth.

Last season’s success may have been in part a result of playing for a really good team. A 3.98 ERA is nothing spectacular. As a fifth starter for the 2020 Mets, I will be more than glad to take it.

Miley will pitch next season at 33-years-old. He’s nearing the end, but there’s little reason to believe it’s going to come up on him quickly. He hasn’t been overworked in his career. Something to like about him is the fact that he has consistently made 29+ starts in his career. Since first doing so in 2012, the 2018 campaign was the first time he failed to reach the total.

Whatever deal Miley signs this winter could help his new team spend in other areas. He’s far from perfect. At the right price, he’s a guy who could help the Mets put together a solid rotation. Let’s see how much his agent actually believes he’s worth.

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