The Cardinals let Julio Lugo go because they thought he wouldn't be content with a backup role. But if they aren't content with their depth on the middle of the infield and they're looking for a guy who is used to being a backup, Aaron Miles is now available.
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The former Cardinals infielder has cleared waivers and was released by the Reds, his latest stop after accepting a ridiculously huge contract from the Cubs two years ago.
Miles, who left the Cardinals despite their last minute offer to retain him, opted instead for the security of a two-year deal with Chicago that will pay him a total of $4.9 million for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Miles was a good fit in St. Louis, but he was pretty bitter when he left.
"I want to play the game the right way and show St. Louis they let somebody go that maybe they shouldn't have," Miles told the Associated Press at the time of the deal. "I was a little surprised given the situation and how well I did last year. I felt I was part of the team. Financially I understand why they did it. It was still kind of shocking. I felt I had a place over there."
After a terrible 2009 with the Cubs that saw him hit
.185 in 74 games --about half of his batting average
the year before with the Cardinals -- Miles was
off to Oakland. Before he ever got to lace
on white cleats, he was flipped to Cincinnati
where former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty
seemed poised to give him a new home. But Miles
didn't make the club out of spring training.
I don't know if Miles still holds a grudge against
the Birds. But he could be had for the major
league minimum of $400,000... The same
amount of money the team would have had to
pay Lugo. All things being equal, Lugo is the
better player and I still wish the Cardinals would
have kept him. How unhappy can you be when
you're pulling down $9 million a season (with
$8.6 million coming from the Red Sox) and you
have a chance to play baseball deep into