Cardinals Sign Miles, Royals Land Nomo

Friday, January 4, 2008

Just a month after being non-tendered, the Cardinals re signed Aaron Miles to a one year deal. Miles is very versatile having played five different positions for the Cardinals last season. Not only that, but he hit .290 with 2 HR and 32 RBI in 133 games. I think the main reason they brought him back was because of the lack of depth they had in the infield. Now they have two solid back ups with Brendan Ryan and Miles. Across the way, the Royals signed veteran arm Hideo Nomo to a minor league deal. Nomo is the second Japanese player the Royals have signed this off season, probably because new manager Trey Hillman, who managed over in Japan. Nomo is 123-109 in his career with a 4.21 ERA in 12 professional seasons. He was very good his rookie year going 13-6 with a 2.54 ERA, but his best year came in 2002 when he went 16-6 with a 3.39 ERA. I don't think he will be anything special for the Royals if he does make the squad, but he should be a good mentor for Yasuhiko Yabuta, who the Royals signed a couple months back.


Anonymous 4:23 PM CST  

Izturis, Ryan, Kennedy, Hoffpaiur, jiminez, these are all middle infield depth. if you were to say they needed quality infield help, I'd buy that, but depth, you're obviously out of touch with the cardinals situation.

Anonymous 5:58 PM CST  

way to check their 40-man roster....sorry to say, hoff and jim probably wont be on the roster.

Anonymous 6:45 PM CST  

Hoff is on the forty man roster, and jim has a spring training invite. either one has a good chance to out produce more than miles. once again, out of touch with the cardinals situation

Anonymous 11:03 PM CST  

can either of them play five positions and hit .290?

Anonymous 11:47 PM CST  

he had a .676 ops last year, his five positions last year included throwing two innings as a pitcher and a handful of spot duties at third and left field. he is not adequate at second, let alone short, and not versatile in any sense of the word. maybe you should watch a baseball game from time to time

patrick 10:04 AM CST  

I wouldn't say Miles CAN play five positions, he just did last year. I laughed so hard when he was pitching. It was also great when Spezio pitched an inning as well. Miles is a solid bench player, not much more than that. I would prefer to see him in there instead of Kennedy.