The day we have been waiting for, the return of Geovany Soto is upon us. All will be right with the world, right? Well, only if you don't have any special affinity for Sam Fuld, Micah Hoffpauir, or Jake Fox. Ace at Bleacher Nation details how the choice of who goes away to make room for Soto will almost have to be one of those three.
I simply don't understand how Aaron Miles can possibly be considered one of the best 25 players in the Cubs' system. I have called him useless in the past, but that is an insult to useless people everywhere.
The man has a .489 OPS. That is his on-base percentage and his slugging percentage ADDED TOGETHER! Average players have an OPS around .700 and he can't even break .500.
Rich Harden has an OPS of .572. Miles' OPS makes the other Cubs second basemen seem simply gargantuan by comparison: Fontenot (.691), Baker (.663), Blanco (.620).
It would be one thing if we could just say that Miles is having a bad year, but since his career OPS is .682, we really can't expect much out of him even if he returned to his normal rate of production.
He brings nothing to this roster at all. He can't hit. He can't play defense. He is not fast. I'm not sure what else there is besides pitching and he has a 6.00 ERA in 3 innings over his career so there isn't even a facetious argument to me made that he can do that.
The money the Cubs owe him is lost. It is gone forever. He can't possibly be traded since I'm having a hard time thinking of other major league teams that have a retarded chimpanzee as a General Manager that would think Miles could provide anything to any team that a crappy minor league prospect could provide at league minimum salary.
I'm not ready to build statues to the Cubs AAA caravan that has been used much more heavily this season than we are comfortable, but there is not a single player that has been on the major league roster this year that I would dump in favor of Aaron Miles.
I hate that Jeff Samardzija is on this roster, but if there was a ever a choice between the two of them, I would throw a ticket tape parade if the Cubs chose to keep Samardzija.
I really don't have the time or the energy to fully explain the depths of my hatred of Aaron Miles. I'm sure he is a fine person, and its not his fault that Hendry stuck a piece of paper in front of him guaranteeing him $5 million over two years, but I have never wished a player would blow out a knee more.
I don't even care if that sounds callous or just plain evil. I hate Aaron Miles.