Injured But Looking To Rebound
The Cubs acquired Wade Miley last offseason to bolster their rotation, but it didn’t work out as planned. While he had a quality 3.16 ERA, 3.95 FIP, and 1.22 WHIP, he only racked up 37 frames. In 2021 when Miley was fully healthy with the Cincinnati Reds, Miley had a 3.37 ERA, 3.97 FIP, and 1.33 WHIP in 163 innings of work.
Despite pitching in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark, he had a solid .94 HR/9. Miley has always been a low-strikeout/low-walk pitcher and had an 18.1% strikeout rate but a 7.2% walk rate with the Reds. It also marked the third season in four years that he had an ERA+ of at least 115 (15% better than average).
The second and final pitcher we’ll look at today is Danny Duffy. The long-time Kansas City Royals southpaw last pitched in 2021. He was on pace for a career year as he had a 2.51 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 1.21 WHIP through his first 61 innings of the year. His 0.88 HR/9 was the best he had since 2014 and was striking out batters at a career high 25.8% rate. Plus he had a decent 9.4% walk rate.
However, injuries plagued Duffy’s career season and he was limited to just 61 innings. The Dodgers, who had traded for the lefty at the 2021 deadline, re-signed Duffy to a one-year deal, but he never pitched a major league inning for the Dodgers. Duffy isn’t too old as 2023 will be his age-33 campaign. For a low-cost deal, there is some risk, but could end up paying dividends if he is healthy.