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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 12: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 12, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 12: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 12, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 09: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on June 09, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 09: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on June 09, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

LHP Wade Miley

Veteran left-hander Wade Miley is quietly having a great season for the Houston Astros.

After signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal during the offseason, Miley has gone 13-4 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 156 innings in 29 starts. After tossing just 80.2 innings last season, he’s been much more of a workhorse this season.

Aside from his strong performance, the 32-year-old would also bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse if the Giants were to move forward with a young starting rotation. He also has plenty of postseason experience, and will likely gain more this October as the No. 4 starter in Houston’s playoff rotation.

While he’s undoubtedly boosted his stock this season, he should still come at a reasonable price, given his age and somewhat inconsistent track record. If he can be had on another short-term deal, he could give the rotation a boost early and then be flipped at the trade deadline to further bolster the farm system.

Regardless, Miley makes sense for the San Francisco Giants.

If he can be had on a one or two-year deal with a modest raise over what he’s making this season, he would be a great addition to a young rotation.

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