Earlier this week, the Brewers brought back left-handed pitcher Alex Claudio on a minor league contract. Today, it was announced that lefty Wade Miley will be returning to the Brew Crew on a major league contract. The deal includes pay incentives.
According to Ken Rosenthal and Bob Nightengale, Miley will make a minimum of $4.5MM with the Brewers. He can earn up to $6.0MM in incentives and also has a $10MM club option for 2024.
Free-agent left-hander Wade Miley in agreement with Brewers on one-year, $4.5 million contract, source tells @TheAthletic. Chance to make $6M with incentives.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2023
Wade Miley’s $4.5 million detailed contract with the Milwaukee #Brewers:
2023: $3.5 million.
2024: $10 million mutual option or $1 million buyout.
75 innings: $150,000
100 innings: $350,000
125 innings: $500,000
150 innings: $500,000
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 4, 2023
When did Wade Miley last pitch for the Brewers? How has he performed since leaving?
Miley played a key role down the stretch for the Brewers during their magical 2018 season. He spent most of the first half of the season on the IL with an oblique strain, but returned in mid-July. Overall, he made 16 starts for the Brewers in 2018, covered 60.2 innings, and had a 2.57 ERA. He started relying heavily on his cutter in 2018. This pitch has been a focal point of his success since leaving Milwaukee.
After the 2018 season, Miley signed a one year contract with the Astros. He made 33 starts in 2019 and had a 3.98 ERA. The Cincinnati Reds then signed him to a two year $15MM contract. With the Reds he had a various amount of smaller injuries, but ended up making 28 starts in 2021 and had a 3.58 ERA. At the end of the 2021 season, the Reds declined his 2022 option and he was claimed off of waivers by the Cubs.
His 2022 season was extremely limited by injuries to his throwing shoulder and elbow. Miley ended up starting just eight games for the Cubs. At seasons end, the 36 year old elected free agency and will now re-join the Brewers for the 2023 season.