The Reds have traded Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Aaron Miles and a PTBNL or cash.
Of Miles, Mark Sheldon says:
Miles, acquired by the A’s along with Jake Fox from the Cubs on Dec. 3, was also a disappointment in 2009 after he signed a two-year contract with Chicago, batting .185 in 74 games. The 33-year-old is due to make $2.7 million this season.
Over his seven big league seasons with the White Sox, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs, Miles is a .282 career hitter with a .322 on-base percentage.
The Cincinnati Enquirer paints a brighter picture:
However, in his two previous seasons in St. Louis, he hit .317 (2008) and .290 (2007).
Olney reports the Reds will save $1.3 million on the deal, which will help offset some of the money they just committed in signing shortstop Orlando Cabrera.
“I’m happy to be reunited with Aaron, who played a key role in our World Series championship in St. Louis,” said Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who will be available to the media today at 3:00 p.m. “He’s a quality infielder, a quality person and will be an asset to our club.”
Jocketty’s quote explains a lot. Not that I’m super thrilled about Miles, but I *am* thinking about how nice it’ll be not to have Taveras to be so frustrated about all the time.
For their part, the A’s couldn’t DFA Taveras fast enough, according to ESPN.com:
In separate moves, the A’s agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract with outfielder Gabe Gross and claimed infielder Steve Tolleson off waivers from Minnesota. They designated Taveras for assignment, along with left-hander Dana Eveland, to create space on their 40-man roster.