Mets should consider free agent Wade Miley as an option for the rotation
The New York Mets are in the market for a starting pitcher and there are plenty to choose from. One pitcher that they should consider going after is southpaw Wade Miley.
The New York Mets are in need of a starting pitcher since Zack Wheeler has officially signed with the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies and they do not have any real options in-house. The Mets are also on a relatively tight budget since they do not want to go over the luxury tax and Steve Cohen’s money will not be available in time for this offseason.
With the tight budget and a need in the rotation, Brodie Van Wagenen should look at veteran lefty Wade Miley.
Miley’s name has not been mentioned much this offseason with a crowded pitching market and some of the best in the game available. He can definitely fly under the radar and be scooped up for a good deal. Miley has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the game for years as he has started over 30 games every year since 2012, besides 2018 when he started in the minors and missed time with an oblique injury once being called up.
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Miley has a career 4.23 ERA, which includes a 4.83 in the American League and 3.65 in the National League. With that being said most of his time in the NL was at the beginning of his career when he was younger and more effective, but he did pitch in the NL in 2018 when he started 16 games and posted an impressive 2.57 ERA in 80.2 innings.
Miley could definitely benefit from a return to the National League this upcoming year, hopefully with the Mets.
This past season he pitched for the Houston Astros and had a pretty decent year. He had a respectable 3.98 ERA in 33 games started, with 167.1 innings while allowing 1.2 HR/9, 7.5 SO/9, and a 14-6 record.
Arguably the most important part for New York is his salary, he was only paid 4.5 million this year which now looks like a great deal on the Astros part for the production he gave. For a guy who could slide into the back end of the rotation, make 30+ starts, and eat innings while posting an ERA around 4.00, the Mets could get a really good deal in Miley.
At 33 years old he more than likely is not going to be receiving 4-5 year offers, the Mets should be able to grab him from anywhere between 1-3 years and around 10 million a year which is more than fair for both sides.
In a crowded pitching market and some huge deals already signed and more expected, the Mets should be all over Miley who can fill what they need well, a cheap starting pitcher that can eat innings and be a respectable pitcher.
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