Brewers Lose Out on Wade Miley to Houston
There will not be a return to Milwaukee for Wade Miley. One of the best pitchers for the Brewers last season signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros yesterday worth 4.5 million dollar. Due to baseball’s wage discrepancy and the future lockout, Miley did not get the 50 million that some thought he may get at the start of free agency. Miley goes to the Astros where he’ll be a starter for them. Houston needs a little help in their rotation after Lance McCullers Jr. will be out for the year with Tommy John. I’m perfectly okay with the Brewers missing out on Miley.
Part of me thinks that they had a deal or talked about a deal with Miley if the Dallas Keuchel deal did not work out for the Brewers. Another part of me wonders if the Brewers front office thought the left-hander could be a regression candidate and going to a new pitching coach could lead to some issues. With the swath of young talent returning to the Brewers pitching staff plus Jimmy Nelson, it’s hard to find room for the Louisiana native. Milwaukee made the right move, and I don’t think the Crew will regret this one.
Miley is an all-time David Stearns pick-up though. Let’s not forget, he was complete and utter trash in 2017. Brewers give him a chance with a minor league deal. He pitches great in Spring then makes his way on the roster. He did battle a few injuries but became one of the Brewers’ best starters down the stretch. Miley will be remembered for his playoff appearance as well.
Thank you, Wade!