Former Reds pitcher appears set for reunion with NL Central Division rival

The Reds were a potential desitnation for Wade Miley this offseason.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wade Miley
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Wade Miley / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds were said to be interested in a reunion with former starting pitcher Wade Miley shortly after the offseason began.

However, the latest reporting from The Athletics' Ken Rosenthal (subscription required), makes it sound as though Miley is headed back to Milwaukee in 2024.

Miley spent two seasons in the Queen City before being waived after 2021. The Chicago Cubs picked up the left-hander for the 2022 campaign, and Miley returned to Milwaukee in 2023 after a four-year hiatus.

Wade Miley set for reunion with Reds' division rival

Wade Miley could've been a nice addition to a Cincinnati Reds rotation that is need of a veteran starter. Signing Nick Martinez to compete for a spot in the rotation next spring is nice start, but after seeing the barrage of injuries last season, inking Miley would've provided nice insurance.

That said, while Miley can be quite effective when he's on the bump, the lefty's availability is oftentimes his biggest weakness. Miley missed most of the 2020 season with the Reds but returned in 2021 and started 28 games.

After the Chicago Cubs plucked Miley off waivers following his successful 2021 season, the following year saw the left-hander spend more time on the IL than the mound. Miley started just eight games for the North Siders in 2022.

But last season, Miley posted a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew, if this signing goes through, will be looking for more of the same from Miley in 2024 after the club parted ways with Brandon Woodruff earlier this offseason.

Milwaukee may also lose Corbin Burnes if another organization offers up, what's likely to be, an enormous trade package. With the former NL Cy Young Award-winner entering free agency next offseason, speculation around the league suggests Burnes could be on the trade block.

While Wade Miley may be looking to return to the Milwaukee Brewers, that same report linking the southpaw to the Cincinnati Reds also mentioned another name - Michael Wacha. With the Winter Meetings now underway, the Reds may be interested in signing another veteran pitcher, and Wacha could be atop that list.