Former Cardinals infielders Aaron Miles and David Eckstein are competing for the same job with the Nationals, according to talk out of Washington D.C.
According to mlb.com. the Nationals decided to largely clean off their bench because they had too many guys on the roster in 2010 who complained about playing time or a lack thereof.
Eckstein, whose career highlight was winning the 2006 World Series MVP Award with the Cardinals, hit .267 with a homer and 29 RBIs last season with San Diego. He had 442 at bats, playing mostly second base. A .280 hitter over 10 seasons, Eckstein will be 36 in January.
The Cardinals have apparently shown no interest in bringing back Miles who hit .281 in 79 games with the Redbirds in 2010. After spending the 2009 season in the wilderness with the Cubs where he hit .185, Miles hopped around to the Athletics and Reds organizations, never playing a regular season game with either organization, before he came back to St. Louis and helped out an injury-depleted club.
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Miles turned 34 yesterday.