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Aaron Miles Signs Two-Year Contract with Cubs

December 31, 2008, 9:22 AM

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Bruce Levine discusses the signing of Aaron Miles and what it means to potential other deals.

ESPN 1000 is first to report that infielder Aaron Miles has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. This could be another transaction by Jim Hendry to setup two or three more moves in attempt to solidify his team in 2009. Adding the left-handed Miles creates a logjam in the Cubs' middle infield. With middle infielders Mark DeRosa, Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot and Ronny Cedeno remaining from last year's club, it's apparent that the Cubs will trade one or more likely two, of those players.

Hendry has been receiving a lot of phone calls about DeRosa, who teams like Cleveland could put at third base or move around between second base, third base and the outfield. If the Cubs were to trade DeRosa, they would also have more money for their payroll this year if they get prospects back in return. Although DeRosa may be the most popular Cubs among fans, teammates and media alike, he will play at age 34 in the last year of a contract in 2009.

On other fronts, the Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino trade with Colorado is a done deal. The trade will be announced sometime over the weekend or early next week, when Marquis returns from a family vacation. Team physicals are the only elements missing before the deal becomes official. The Milton Bradley signing is also a done deal. The team is just waiting for the right time to announce it -- probably when the team officially clears room from the payroll, which is peaked out at about $140 million.

Finally, and most importantly for the Cubs, they are back in the Jake Peavy mix. The team officially took themselves out of those talks on December 11th in Las Vegas, but after the Padres failed to find a match to send Peavy elsewhere (the Angels were a team the Padres talked to at length, with no result), it appears the Cubs, with consent of future ownership, will give it another go in the first couple weeks of January.

Read more about the Cubs' potential deal with Colorado here.

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