3 wily veterans who could be short-term solutions at the backend of the Reds rotation

Rather than a frontline starter, will the Reds look to add depth to the backend of the rotation?

Boston Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber
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3. The Reds could sign veteran LHP Wade Miley

Wade Miley's name has already emerged in recent rumors, so one could be led to believe that a reunion with the southpaw could be in the works this offseason. Miley was unceremoniously waived after the 2021 season and picked up by the Chicago Cubs.

Last season, Miley pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. After appearing in just nine games for the Cubbies the year prior, Miley pitched in 23 contests for the Brew Crew in 2023. As most Reds fans know, Miley relies heavily on weak contact.

The left-hander was among the best in the league in that department last season according to Baseball Savant. Miley's hard-hit rate was in the 93rd-percentile and his average exit velocity was in the 83rd percentile. When hitters got the bat on the ball it left at an average of just over 87 mph.

Miley is a ground ball pitcher, which works very, very well in Great American Ball Park. Last season, Miley kept the ball on the ground nearly 50-percent of the time. If Miley can stay healthy, which is always a question mark, he can be an effective pitcher at the back of any rotation.

Wade Miley offers more upside than the other two pitchers listed and had the most success of the trio last season. Miley is no spring chicken at 37 years old, but the left-hander is one of the most reliable starting pitchers in the game. If healthy, with Miley, you know what you're going to get.