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USA Today: Official Cubs aquire Aaron Miles

USA Today

Here you go fans..this reveals an infield shakeup.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and infielder Aaron Miles have agreed to a two-year contract.

The switch-hitting Miles batted .317 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 134 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.

"We expect Aaron to provide significant versatility and flexibility to our roster," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Wednesday.

Last season Miles played mostly at second base with 85 appearances. He also played short, third and all three outfield positions.

In 643 major league games, the 32-year-old Miles has a career average of .289. He has also played with the White Sox and Rockies.

Bigger bat and someone from the left side.

This free's up DeRosa or Theriot or Fontenot or Cedeno or a combination of two players.

On paper it would be fiscally better to free up DeRosa ($5.5M) and Cedeno who is arb eligible as a utility player probably expected to garnish $1M. The expectation is that Miles who made $1.4M last year probably was acquired for $2M for 2 years as stated in the report. So moving DeRosa as rumored

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.

Levine suggests a DeRosa match with Cleveland but does not say a deal is close.  Levine considers the Cubs' Milton Bradley signing "a done deal" and says they've back in the mix for Jake Peavy.

My thoughts:

Moving DeRosa's $5.5M for Miles expected $2M is a $3.5M saving plus the Marquis saving of $6 or $7M places the expected signing of Bradley probably at $9-10M with some kind of option and game appearance clause. Acquiring the young pitchers to reclaim the Peavy deal is something really interesting.

And BTW Miles can lead off.

 

 

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