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2009 Recap: Aaron Miles

Aaron Miles
Aaron Miles was terrible in 2009. I'm not even going to go look at his K-rate, BABIP,  UZR or anything. They're all effing horrid, I already know.

Instead, let's talk about what Aaron Miles' short tenure with the Cubs represents as part of the larger picture.

Miles' contract was a two-year deal worth $5 million or so. Therefore fact that it was widely regarded as a signifcant waste of cash says something.

The Aaron Miles signing was just another example -- perhaps the best example -- of Jim Hendry's amazing propensity to make needless concessions to mediocre players.

The second year for Bob Howry. The more than $7 million guaranteed for John Grabow.

Soriano's eighth year. Bradley's third year. Every no-trade clause Hendry's ever given away.

I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of stuff, but the trend should be obvious: Jim Hendry gives up too much to sign mediocre players.

I don't mind a massive payroll; heck, I demand it, given the team's revenue position. But if you're gonna waste millions on middling veteran crapshoots like Aaron Miles, then I'm gonna whine about it.

So there.

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