After the Chicago Cubs took him against him on Friday for waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs exercised the 2022 contract option on the starting pitcher Wade Miley, the team announced on Sunday.
Miley finished the 2021 season with a 12-7 record and a 3.37 ERA in 28 starts for the Reds. He also threw a no-hitter in a May 7 game against Cleveland.
The Reds’ decision to waive Miley surprised many fans and experts, but the Cubs quickly rushed to acquire his services and agreed to pay him $ 10 million for the final season of his contract in 2022.
Miley has a career record of 97-92 and a 4.15 ERA in stints with Arizona, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Houston and Cincinnati.
Miley joins a Cubs rotation that will have many question marks in the 2022 season. Outside of Kyle Hendricks, the team will have to make numerous decisions elsewhere, with Adbert Alzolay, Justin Steeler, Cory Abbott and Alec Mills potentially battling for places.
Zach Davies, acquired by the Cubs in the Yu Darvish deal in 2021, is now an unrestricted free agent after a dismal 2021 season with the team.
Several high-profile pitchers hit the market this off-season, including Noah Syndregaard, Max Scherzer, Carlos Ródon, and Marcus Stroman, but it’s unclear whether the Cubs will prioritize spending for their rotation or whether they will be looking for a high-profile beg with Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and numerous other attractive options.