While moving Mr. Versatility, Mark DeRosa, to the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles away from the intra-division rival St. Louis Cardinals. The contract is a 2-year deal, but financial terms have not been disclosed. With the departure of DeRosa, Miles will likely see most of his time at 2nd base, although he can also play shortstop, 3rd base and all 3 outfield positions. In 2008, Miles played in 134 for the Cards. He hit .317 with 4 home runs and 31 RBI’s. More importantly, Miles is a patient, veteran hitter – as his .355 on-base percentage attests. At the age of 32, Miles has 5 straight MLB seasons in which he has played at least 99 games. He is a career .289 hitter with a career on-base percentage of .329.
Miles will surely play a vital role on the Cubs bench, although the Cubs will experience a huge drop-off from DeRosa’s career-high 2008 numbers if they have to rely on Miles and Ronny Cedeno for “platoon” time at 2nd base. Does the combination DeRosa / Miles moves open up the door for the Orioles Brian Roberts rumors to start again? Guess we’ll have to wait and see?