The Dodgers announced after last night’s game that they have signed infielder Aaron Miles to a minor league contract.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the 35-year-old has already reported to the club’s complex in Arizona for extended spring training.
Miles failed to latch on with a team during the offseason, despite batting .275 over 136 games with the Dodgers last season. Of course, he also had a lowly .660 OPS and only 23 of his 125 hits went for extra bases, so he wasn’t nearly as productive as his batting average indicated. But look at all that grit.
The Dodgers just placed utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr. on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and Juan Uribe has been anything but durable recently, so Miles will function as insurance for the infield.
The top 10 at second base is led by the one player at the position I have projected to hit .300 this year:
.882 – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 638 AB – .882 in 2011
.859 – Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 560 AB – .832 in 2011
.855 – Chase Utley (Phillies) – 532 AB – .769 in 2011
.836 – Rickie Weeks (Brewers) – 516 AB – .818 in 2011
.821 – Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) – 598 AB – .861 in 2011
.810 – Dan Uggla (Braves) – 562 AB – .764 in 2011
.796 – Dustin Ackley (Mariners) – 581 AB – .766 in 2011
.795 – Daniel Murphy (Mets) – 438 AB – .809 in 2011
.792 – Howie Kendrick (Angels) – 559 AB – .802 in 2011
.786 – Jason Kipnis (Indians) – 534 AB – .841 in 2011
– Nope, no Ben Zobrist, though he is next on the list at .783. Of course, I’ve never had an accurate Zobrist projection, so this one could be just as far off as usual. I just don’t see him hitting for quite so much power this season.
– It wasn’t intentional that Cano got the same OPS here that he finished with last year, but that’s about what I think his talent is. I projected him for an .884 OPS last year, so I’m basically just duplicating that.
– The worst of the bunch: new Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis has the low projection for anyone with 400 at-bats (.670). For 200 at-bats, the lows are free agent Aaron Miles (.639) and his replacement on the Dodgers, Adam Kennedy (.647).
The Cardinals’ version of the offseason festival/fan interest thing is called the Winter Warm-up. It went down over the weekend and Christine Coleman of the Aaron Miles’ Fastball blog was there. She overheard Jaime Garcia dropping BSOML bombs:
“There’s always room to get better. But I am excited to get two full years under my belt. Physically this is the best I’ve ever felt.”
Spring is coming kids. Every BSOML we hear gets us that much closer.