Milwaukee Brewers‘ left-handed veteran Wade Miley has declined his half of a $10M mutual option for 2024, according to a source, and will test the waters in the free agent market.
Brewers’ Pitcher Opts Free Agency
Wade Miley, will get a $1 million buyout plus the chance to shop around the market after going 9-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 120 innings across 23 starts with the Brewers in 2023.
Miley could be a good option to those looking to expand their starting rotation. With names like Shohei Ohtani and Clayton Kershaw, both of whom had surgery in the offseason, probably will be big question marks heading into this upcoming offseason.
The lefty went on the injured list in May and June with a left lat strain, then again in July just before the All-Star Break for elbow discomfort. But, when he was healthy, he was an amazing pitcher for the crew, allowing one earned run or fewer in more than half of his starts and fewer than four runs in all but three of his outings this season as a member of the Brewers.
Wade Miley has 13 major league seasons under his belt, and has had two stints with the Brewers. Just because he declined his mutual option, doesn’t mean that he won’t possibly be back in a Brewers uniform at sometime next season.
The Brewers did recently re-sign Colin Rea to a one-year deal and they have Freddy Peralta under control for a few more years as well. Adrian Houser is also an option as he has one year of arbitration left, as well as Brandon Woodruff, who’s expected to miss most of the 2024 season following shoulder surgery. They hopefully will have pitchers like Aaron Ashby back, who missed all of the ’23 season with a shoulder injury.
With Miley electing free agency, the Brewers still have options in Mark Canha who has an $11.5 million club option with a $2 million buyout. Milwaukee will have to start looking at options for their starting pitching as Eric Lauer elected free agency earlier in October, and Burnes could potentially be a player that’s traded in the offseason.
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