With the St. Louis Cardinals becoming a powerhouse in the last two seasons and the Chicago Cubs taking giant steps towards contention, the Milwaukee Brewers have been left a bit behind.
After missing the postseason in 2022 by losing a late push with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Brewers didn’t do much to improve their roster during the offseason.
They did, however, make a move on Wednesday afternoon.
They secured the services of left-handed starter Wade Miley on a one-year deal.
The contract has some incentives to sweeten the pot for Miley.
Here is a breakdown of the pact, courtesy of Bob Nightengale.
“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,” Nightengale tweeted.
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
Miley, who spent last campaign with the Cubs, had to deal with elbow and shoulder problems that limited him to eight starts and 37 innings.
He finished with a 2-2 record and a 3.16 ERA, with 28 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP in 37 frames.
That’s why there are so many workload-related incentives in the deal, as he needs to prove he is back to full health.
He doesn’t possess a lot of strikeout upside, but should get results in a cool environment for pitchers.
It’s a calculated gamble by the Brewers, and they will be happy to pay the incentives on his contract as long as he is healthy.