Cincinnati Reds Land Aaron Miles from Oakland for Taveras
The Cincinnati Reds continue to make moves this winter, as they sent outfielder Willy Taveras and third baseman Adam Rosales to the Oakland A's for infielder Aaron Miles.
The Reds have already solidified their infield with the acquisition this past weekend of free-agent Orlando Cabrera.
Miles is a career .282 hitter and has played every position on the diamond outside of catcher and first base. He has even pitched on three occasions.
His best year so far was in '04 with the Colorado Rockies, when he batted .293 with 6 HR and 43 RBI in 134 games. He finished fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year, the award going to Pirate outfielder Jason Bay.
Taveras has been very disappointing in his tenure in the Queen City. He has been adequate on defense but his ability to get on base has been awful and he has been more than tentative on the paths.
His OBP was .275 last year and he only stole 25 bases after leading the National League in '08 with 68 while with the Rockies.
Rosales was a good clubhouse presence and he was liked by most fans in Cincinnati. He played in 87 games last season until Scott Rolen was traded for in July.
In two seasons with the Reds, Rosales only batted .212 with four HR.
In Miles, the Reds have a replacement who can fill in for virtually anyone on the field.
The A's are supposed to throw in a player to be named later.
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