Twice a former Cardinals infielder (and relief pitcher), Aaron Miles has apparently narrowly missed the chance to be a two-time member of the Rockies.
Colorado signed Alfreda Amezaga on Wednesday. According to the Denver Post, Miles was the second choice.
Amezaga missed most of the last two seasons with knee troubles. His contract will reportedly pay $700,000 with another $300,000 or so available in incentives. The Denver Post story mentioned that the Rockies haven't completely closed the door on Miles. But he mentioned that several other teams have expressed interest in the diminutive infielder lately.
Whatever Miles gets will likely be a far cry from the $4.9-million, two-year contract he got from the Cubs for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Originally drafted by the Astros, Miles was plucked out of the Houston system in the Rule 5 draft in 2000. The White Sox traded him to the Rockies for Juan Uribe in late 2003. Miles played for Colorado in 2004-05, putting together a .288 batting average. He was traded to St. Louis in December 2005 and was a .289 hitter for the Cardinals in 2006-09. He flopped with the Cubs after signing that big contract, hitting .184 in 75 games for the Wee Bears before being flipped to Oakland and then Cincinnati. He couldn't crack the major league roster of either of those teams. But he returned to the Redbirds as a free agent in April 2010 and hit .281 in his second go-round in St. Louis.