Resisting a bad Aaron Miles pun
Hola, all… I’m back and planning to be more blogtastic in the coming weeks. If nothing else, the Mrs. and I have our year-in-music coming soon.
But for now, let’s talk some ball. And more specifically, Aaron Miles. I saw the rest of the StL ballwriters corps today, and one of my friends teased me, “What, no texts or calls from you when Miles left?” Honestly, it’s no secret that I hold a minority opinion as to the value of Aaron Miles the ballplayer.
(Not Aaron Miles the person, I want to re-emphasize for the 1000th time. Very good guy, excellent teammate, good quote, etc etc. I liked covering him a lot.)
And honestly, I’m just tired of the argument. My feelings about Miles the balllplayer — limited defensive 2B, shouldn’t play SS, again a good teammate, valuable on offense if and only if he hits over .300 — are exhaustively documented in emails, mailbags, radio interviews, this blog and I’m sure elsewhere. So let’s not have that argument again. If you think he’s a more valuable ballplayer than I do, let’s just agree to disagree. That’s fine.
But there’s another aspect to this I want to discuss, and that’s the actual contractual situation.
Even if one grants that he had a pretty nice year in 2008, it’s only one year. It was a career year at age 31. There’s a basic truth here, and I hope you all remember it.
When a utility player or marginal player has a career year, then parlays it into a big contract, it’s the team that SIGNS that player that nearly always regrets it. Not the team that let him go. Anybody remember Abraham Nunez? You would have thought the world was ending when the Phillies “outbid” the Cardinals for him. But Nunez had a career year, the Cardinals recognized it, and they let him be someone else’s mistake.
Teeth were gnashed when John Mabry left. Eduardo Perez parlayed a big 2003 into a two-year deal with the Rays.
And the Cardinals didn’t regret a single one of those departures. Sometimes the right thing is to let a guy go get the big deal.
Just something to think about.