The Cincinnati Reds reportedly bolstered their starting rotation Monday.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the National League Central team reached an agreement with left-handed pitcher Wade Miley on a two-year, $15 million deal pending a physical. Rosenthal pointed out Miley will reunite with Derek Johnson, who was his pitching coach on the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Reds are clearly looking to contend in 2020.
They already agreed to a deal with slugger Mike Moustakas and add a much-needed left-handed presence in their rotation with this move. Joel Sherman of the New York Post pointed out the team already had right-handers Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani anchoring the staff and now has a veteran to provide a different look.
That group has the potential to be one of the best in the league if Miley resembles the best version of himself.
He was an All-Star in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and posted a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. However, he finished with an ERA north of 4.30 four straight years from 2014 through 2017 while pitching for the Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners.
Miley was solid last year on the Houston Astros with a 3.98 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 140 strikeouts in 167.1 innings, helping them reach the World Series.
He will look to do the same for the Reds in 2020.