Cubs Sign Aaron Miles

Rob G: Sorry guys, the article Joe put up was just a cut and paste from the press release, apparently he didn't read the TCR Manual. :)

I kid because I care.

But as mentioned, the Cubs do sign switch-hitting infielder Aaron Miles for two years, the Trib says the deal is for $4.9M total and if it's an even split, that's $2.45M for this year. Miles hit 317/355/398 last season for the Cardinals after hitting 290/328/348 in 2007. He primarily plays second base with a 100+ games at short in his career. He's even dabbled in the outfield, but less than 10 games for his career including four in left field last season.

I think it's safe to assume an infielder is on his way out the door soon, most likely Mark DeRosa if yesterday's rumors are true, but possible that it's Ronny Cedeno or Mike Fontentot.

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Brian Roberts he is not, but let us never speak the words 'Ronny Cedeno' and 'Cubs' together again.

There's your 2009 backup to Aramis (Miles), answering a question in the previous thread about what happens if DeRosa is traded to get more talent in a deal for he that shall not yet be named (Jake Voldemort?).

I guess this is how they get more left handed. Certainly another lefty (and righty) off the bench which is nice.

Of course McFail/Stockstill probably still have wet dreams about Ronny Cedeno and Felix Pie...too bad they took the desperation route of signing ol' crotch grabber to play SS (Izturis)...otherwise we'd be hearing Brian Roberts name crop up again. Oh, I guess we just did.

And if they do sign Bradley that will give them 3 switch hitters (Z).

I like this pickup. Miles was one of my favorite Rockies when he was here a couple of years ago. I can't say I ever saw him playing anything but short or second, but if he is that versatile, great...

Here's a link to the Sun-Times.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/13567...

2 years at $4.9M is what I saw.

I don't get it. Even if we trade DeRosa he's going to be taking bats away from Theriot and The Fontenaught, but not out-hitting them. My memory of his defense at short is that he belonged at second, but I haven't watched him play all that much. I guess we can start two LH middle infielders now, but based on his career numbers he's not going to outhit Theriot from that side of the plate.

Was thinking the same thing, actually. Not the utility infielder I'd hoped for, but it'll work I guess.

If (sounding more like when) you do dump DeRosa, the team is going to need 3B insurance. You can also run Miles out there at 2B against lefties and sit Michael Eugene Fontenot. He'll probably outhit Cedeno, and Cedeno might be gone anyway. Don't really have to worry about matching up in RF anymore since Bradley's a switch hitter. If/when he goes down, we could go Soriano-Johnson-Miles against left if you don't want to run Hoffpauir out there. Not the shining beacon of production, but it does give us another switch hitter.

I dunno, I guess. He is very versatile. Can pretty much play everywhere but center. Probably shouldn't much more than a 350 AB's type guy, though.

You don't mention Cedeno, whose roster spot Miles will fill. Cedeno's .269 BA was deceptive last year, since he hit .240 after April. And I remember a few conspicuous defensive misplays in September when he got to play a little more.

Isn't Miles more likely to take DeRosa'a spot on the roster?

Only if he becomes a starter. I'm thinking Fonte will get the starting job, but I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Cedeno is baseball retarded.

Anyone thinking he will be missed is sadly mistaken.

Will Pie, Cedeno and Indian prospects land Peavy?

How about keeping the prospects and signing Lowe?

The cubs scrappiness level just increased significantly

Miles is definitely a lot more valuable bench guy than Ronny Cedeño will ever aspire to be.

How will we distinguish Aaron Miles (.289/.329/.364)from Ryan Theriot(.290/.362/.369)?

umm instead of those numbers how about we try the ones on their backs?

Dierkes says that Levine says that the Cubs and Tribe are close on a DeRosa deal.

"According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Radio, the Indians are getting close to a deal for Mark DeRosa that would send two or three young pitchers to the Cubs. At least, that statement was attributed to him in the station's recent SportsCenter update.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/12/indians-clos...

The only position player that anyone wants from the Cubs played at SS A last year and we're looking for pitching prospects?

I just can't believe Hendry is saying "Man, look at all these backloaded contracts I have biting me in the ass, let me trade the best contract I have so I can get another back loaded contract." Someone on this board said that Hendry backloaded contracts because he never figured he'd be around long enough to have to deal with it... I am starting to come around to that line of thought.

That was me, and the more the merrier on this bandwagon.

For the record, I think Hendry's done a pretty decent job, and most of his contracts that look ridiculous at the beginning ultimately look pretty decent by the end. However, with the economy and the uncertainty of future ownership, Hendry's painted himself into a bit of a corner.

As it stands now, the 2009 Cubs are a downgrade from the 2008 Cubs. Fortunately, there are 3 months left until opening day.

Levine says that two of the middle infielders could be traded. DeRosa and Cedeno are the most likely to go, though I wouldn't rule out Fontenot. If the Cubs do trade two of them, who becomes the second reserve middle infielder? Spears isn't ready, Blanco is Cedeno-lite, and Scales, well, is Scales. Do they go after another FA middle infielder?

changed the article btw as Joe just cut and paste the press release...

last year I remember him batting leadoff on occaision but it turns out that was rare (23 AB's), but he did bat 9th some (61 AB's) in LaRussa's goofy pitcher bats 8th lineup.

...but batting in the 2nd spot, Miles was:

163 AB/ .390 .444 .834

and that was his most frequent spot in the batting order. He batted 7th as the second most frequent spot (83 AB's)

...so he's a nice top of the order fill-in too.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/bsplit.cgi?n1...

Let's get Pujols too!

Let's get Pujols too!

Didn't read all the comments, so if this is overly obvious or 3/44, lo siento. This signing to me is the first step in trading DeRosa to ____ for a couple (maybe 3) pitching prospects. Step 2 is trading Marquis. Step 3 is acquiring Peavey with the spoils of war plus whatever it takes. (I've never wanted to be SO right before--even tho my girlfriend would miss blowing me during DeRosa's at bats!)

Stay tuned.

Dero has been traded to Indians

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DeRosa traded to Indians for Stevens, Archer, Gobb? - Levine

Jinx.

Damn, I'm going to miss him. But, for once, Hendry traded someone at his peak value. Probably a good idea, but it still sucks.

Agreed.

Dero frees up $ 11 million according to Levine.

This seems more for Bradley signing.

Let's see.

DeRosa - Miles >< $11 million.

True. I'm curious if anyone knows how good these pitchers are.

Christopher Archer was with the single A, Lake County Captains (Eastlake, OH).

a 20 yr old righty. 6'2", 180 lbs.
4-8, 4.29 ERA, 115 IP

...I believe he was Captain of the Enterprise Nx before that assignment

I do believe my "The Leader" joke has been out-dorked.

Christopher Pike + Jonathan Archer?

new post up on the DeRosa trade with links to their BR pages at least.

I'll investigate further...

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  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 50 min 43 sec ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 58 min 22 sec ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 3 hours 10 min ago view