Pittsburgh Pirates: Previewing the Left-Handed Starting Pitching Market

The Pirates have signed one LHP SP every off-season in Ben Cherington's reign, so what does this year's market look like?

Aug 4, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) pitches
Aug 4, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) pitches / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Wade Miley

The last two LHP SPs we’ll look at have mutual options, though these rarely get accepted. The first is Wade Miley, who has a 3.33 ERA, 4.92 FIP, and 1.14 WHIP in 100 innings with the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Though, there are some red flags here. His 15.8% strikeout rate is low, even for him. His 1.34 HR/9 is also the worst rate he’s put up since 2017. Granted, there are some things that are working in his favor, such as his above-average 87.3 opponent exit velocity, as well as his 7.4% walk rate. 2024 will be his age-37 campaign, so keep that in mind.