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Portrait of Aaron Miles

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 3064 .281 .320 .352 78 1.1
Birth Date12-15-1976
Height5' 8"
Weight180 lbs
Age42 years, 7 months, 2 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2003 CHA 26 8 12 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .583 78 -0.3 -1.0 0.1 -0.1
2004 COL 27 134 566 153 15 3 6 29 53 2 12 7 .293 .329 .368 79 -14.0 6.1 -0.1 0.8
2005 COL 28 99 347 91 12 3 2 8 38 4 4 2 .281 .306 .355 66 -14.2 2.6 -1.7 -0.4
2006 SLN 29 135 471 112 20 5 2 38 42 2 2 1 .263 .324 .347 73 -14.5 1.7 3.0 0.6
2007 SLN 30 133 449 120 16 1 2 25 40 1 2 1 .290 .328 .348 79 -10.2 3.6 -13.8 -0.5
2008 SLN 31 134 408 120 15 2 4 23 37 0 3 3 .317 .355 .398 91 -3.7 4.2 -2.2 1.1
2009 CHN 32 74 170 29 7 1 0 8 21 0 3 0 .185 .224 .242 53 -9.4 1.1 -2.5 -0.6
2010 SLN 33 79 151 39 5 0 0 6 14 1 0 1 .281 .311 .317 78 -3.6 0.8 2.3 0.4
2011 LAN 34 136 490 125 17 3 3 25 49 3 4 3 .275 .314 .346 86 -7.4 -1.1 -7.2 -0.2
Career93230647931101819162294133018.281.320.35278-77.218.1-22.21.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1997 QUD A MDW 0 402 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 QUD A MDW 0 395 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIC A MDW 0 500 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 KIS A+ FSL 0 323 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BIR AA SOU 84 377 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BIR AA SOU 138 589 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHA MLB AL 8 12 .281 .343 .432 .333 105 0.4 0.3 -0.1 78 9 0.1 -1.0 -0.3 -0.1
2003 CHR AAA INT 133 595 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB NL 134 566 .263 .329 .428 .313 117 -19 16.8 -0.8 79 9 -0.1 6.1 -14.0 0.8
2004 CSP AAA PCL 12 58 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB NL 99 347 .264 .328 .418 .312 113 -14.5 10.0 -0.4 66 11 -1.7 2.6 -14.2 -0.4
2005 CSP AAA PCL 8 34 .284 .350 .460 .233 110 -1.4 0.6 0 54 0 -0.9 1.1 -1.8 -0.1
2006 SLN MLB NL 135 471 .263 .329 .426 .286 94 -12 14.2 1.7 73 9 3.0 1.7 -14.5 0.6
2007 SLN MLB NL 133 449 .270 .334 .435 .313 102 -12.4 13.3 1.7 79 7 -13.8 3.6 -10.2 -0.5
2008 SLN MLB NL 134 408 .262 .333 .418 .342 97 0.7 11.8 1 91 9 -2.2 4.2 -3.7 1.1
2009 CHN MLB NL 74 170 .259 .328 .408 .213 98 -17.8 4.9 0.1 53 9 -2.5 1.1 -9.4 -0.6
2009 IOW AAA PCL 21 91 .266 .332 .399 .297 89 -3.6 2.7 0.3 62 0 0.1 0.4 -3.7 0.0
2010 SLN MLB NL 79 151 .257 .325 .400 .307 90 -2.4 4.1 0.1 78 11 2.3 0.8 -3.6 0.4
2010 SFD AA TXS 16 71 .263 .343 .399 .309 108 0.1 2.0 0.1 112 0 -0.9 0.3 1.0 0.3
2011 LAN MLB NL 136 490 .251 .314 .392 .300 93 -5.2 13.2 0.5 86 9 -7.2 -1.1 -7.4 -0.2
2012 ABQ AAA PCL 18 75 .274 .334 .430 .254 123 -4.8 2.2 0.2 68 0 -0.7 0.8 -2.5 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1997 QUD A MDW 402 370 55 97 13 2 1 117 35 30 45 18 11 .262 .321 .316 .054 0 0
1998 QUD A MDW 395 369 42 90 22 6 2 130 37 25 52 28 13 .244 .294 .352 .108 0 0
1999 MIC A MDW 500 470 72 149 28 8 10 223 71 28 33 17 12 .317 .358 .474 .157 0 0
2000 KIS A+ FSL 323 295 40 86 20 1 2 114 36 28 29 11 6 .292 .353 .386 .095 0 0
2001 BIR AA SOU 377 343 53 89 16 3 8 135 42 26 35 3 5 .259 .313 .394 .134 3 3
2002 BIR AA SOU 589 531 67 171 39 1 9 239 68 40 45 25 16 .322 .365 .450 .128 11 11
2003 CHA MLB AL 12 12 3 4 3 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .583 .250 0 0
2003 CHR AAA INT 595 546 80 166 34 5 11 243 50 40 52 8 9 .304 .350 .445 .141 5 5
2004 COL MLB NL 566 522 75 153 15 3 6 192 47 29 53 12 7 .293 .329 .368 .075 6 7
2004 CSP AAA PCL 58 54 8 18 3 0 0 21 8 2 4 2 2 .333 .357 .389 .056 0 0
2005 COL MLB NL 347 324 37 91 12 3 2 115 28 8 38 4 2 .281 .306 .355 .074 1 10
2005 CSP AAA PCL 34 32 6 7 0 1 0 9 1 0 3 1 0 .219 .235 .281 .063 1 1
2006 SLN MLB NL 471 426 48 112 20 5 2 148 30 38 42 2 1 .263 .324 .347 .085 3 2
2007 SLN MLB NL 449 414 55 120 16 1 2 144 32 25 40 2 1 .290 .328 .348 .058 5 4
2008 SLN MLB NL 408 379 49 120 15 2 4 151 31 23 37 3 3 .317 .355 .398 .082 1 5
2009 IOW AAA PCL 91 87 8 22 4 0 0 26 8 2 14 1 2 .253 .267 .299 .046 1 1
2009 CHN MLB NL 170 157 17 29 7 1 0 38 5 8 21 3 0 .185 .224 .242 .057 0 5
2010 SFD AA TXS 71 61 11 17 4 0 0 21 13 7 8 0 1 .279 .352 .344 .066 2 2
2010 SLN MLB NL 151 139 14 39 5 0 0 44 9 6 14 0 1 .281 .311 .317 .036 2 3
2011 LAN MLB NL 490 454 49 125 17 3 3 157 45 25 49 4 3 .275 .314 .346 .070 5 3
2012 ABQ AAA PCL 75 68 7 16 2 1 1 23 7 6 8 0 0 .235 .297 .338 .103 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1285 0.5105 0.4809 0.9013 0.6265 0.3291 0.9805 0.7440 0.0987 0.0044
2009 577 0.5113 0.4263 0.8862 0.5661 0.2801 0.9162 0.8228 0.1138 -0.0017
2010 499 0.5050 0.5050 0.8968 0.6667 0.3401 0.9583 0.7738 0.1032 -0.0022
2011 1620 0.5031 0.4895 0.8613 0.6454 0.3317 0.9240 0.7378 0.1387 -0.0006
Career39810.50690.47950.88230.63050.32440.94540.75660.11770.0007

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-06 2011-07-07 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-05-19 2011-05-23 DTD 4 4 Right Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2010-12-01 2010-12-01 Off 0 0 - Surgery LASIK Surgical Date Is Estimated 2010-12-01 -
2010-03-04 2010-03-12 Camp 8 0 Right Fingers Fracture Distal Middle Finger -
2009-12-04 2009-12-04 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Cyst 2009-12-04
2009-06-21 2009-08-05 15-DL 45 41 Right Elbow Hyperextension -
2009-05-26 2009-06-10 15-DL 15 12 Right Shoulder Strain -
2009-03-12 2009-03-17 Camp 5 0 Right Shoulder Contusion -
2007-03-09 2007-03-11 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2006-03-08 2006-03-17 Camp 9 0 Left Wrist Contusion Jammed -
2005-05-26 2005-06-28 15-DL 33 30 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2005-05-19 2005-05-21 DTD 2 2 Right Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2005-03-05 2005-03-12 Camp 7 0 Left Knee Sprain -
2004-10-05 2004-10-05 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Cyst In PCL Bothered for Several Months 2004-10-05

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 LAN $500,000
2010 CIN $2,700,000
2009 CHN $2,200,000
2008 SLN $1,400,000
2007 SLN $1,000,000
2006 SLN $350,000
2005 COL $326,000
2004 COL $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$8,776,000
8 yrTotal$8,776,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 161 dOctagon1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 5/11/12 (minor-league contract). Retired 6/13/12.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2011). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/7/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 3/30/11.
  • 2 years/$4.9M (2009-10). Signed as a free agent 12/31/08. 09:$2.2M, 10:$2.7M. Acquired in trade from Chicago Cubs 12/3/09 (Cubs to pay $1M of 2010 salary). Acquired in trade from Oakland 2/1/10. DFA 4/5/10. Released 4/14/10. Signed as a free agent 4/26/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 6/1/10.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2008). Re-signed as a free agent 1/4/08. Non-tendered 12/12/08.
  • 1 year/$1M (2007). Re-signed 12/06 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses. Award bonuses. Non-tendered 12/12/07.
  • 1 year/$0.35M (2006). Signed 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.326M (2005). Acquired in trade from Colorado 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004).
  • 1 year (2003). Contract purchased 9/03. Acquired in trade from Chicago White Sox 12/03.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Spots in the lineup don't get much more dead than when they're occupied by Miles, with whom Mattingly developed an unhealthy obsession amid the slew of injuries to the Dodgers infield. It was bad enough that Miles received more plate appearances than in any season since 2004, worse that more than 40 percent of them were in the lineup's top third, where he hit a crippling .262/.274/.318. Thanks to his below-average glovework, he rated as the eighth-least valuable player to receive at least 450 PA last year, outdone by some sudden collapses (Adam Dunn, Ichiro Suzuki, Casey McGehee, Kelly Johnson), ongoing boondoggles (Alex Rios, Alfonso Soriano), and old friend Ryan Theriot, with whom he essentially swapped places.
2011 A fine example of knowing a man by the company he keeps, Miles was traded twice last winter in deals involving Jake Fox, Matt Spencer, Ronny Morla, Jeff Gray, Adam Rosales, and (wait for it) Willy Taveras, before earning his release from the Reds two weeks into the 2010 season. Since other teams were paying the freight, the Cardinals latched onto Miles as free organizational depth and wound up having to use him more than they would have wished. He can play a number of positions, but not very well, and can hit an empty .270. Now that Miles will cost them actual cash, most GMs should be aware that signing him is approximately 1.6 kilometers from a good idea.
2010 One of the most ill-advised signings of the previous offseason, Miles is an aging middle infielder with no power or speed, a low walk rate, and the ability to play several positions at a slightly below-average level, all at the bargain price of two years and $4.9 million. While itís certainly possible that Miles may again hit an empty .317, itís hard to picture him as anything other than an non-roster invitee once he stops living off Jim Hendryís largesse. Traded to Oakland with Jake Fox; after the Bobby Crosby experience, the A's are already used to the sounds of silence from a utilityman's bat.
2009 Miles had a career season, hitting almost identically well from both sides of the plate, with a .317 BA/752 OPS vs. RHPs and .315/755 vs. LHPs. The Cardinals nevertheless decided to non-tender him rather than risk paying a significantly larger sum than last year's $1.6 million in arbitration. That decision turned out well for Miles, who received a two-year, $4.9 million deal from the Cubs; he'll likely occupy the short side of a second-base platoon with Mike Fontenot.
2008 One of the Cards' problems last year was having way too many guys like Miles who have just one skill. Miles's skill is hitting for average, but it's an empty average as he doesn't hit for any power and isn't especially patient at the plate. He also can't play shortstop and doesn't have good speed. Miles has to bat .320 to help you; otherwise he's pushing you away from contention.
2007 Miles actually had a better offensive season in 2006 than he did in his two years playing in Colorado. It still wasn`t good enough to keep the Cardinals from looking elsewhere for a second baseman to carry them down the stretch run; enter Ronnie Belliard. Already moving toward professional marginalization, if Miles had a better fielding reputation he could delay that particular fate for several years. However, with no bat and a glove inadequate for short, he`s unlikely to stick as a reserve infielder.
2006 Acquired two years ago in expectation that he`d be the second baseman of the present, Miles was reduced to splitting time with Luis Gonzalez. He managed only a .292/.317/.365 line against righties, and his glove isn`t good enough to keep him in the lineup. He`s 30, and wasn`t likely to survive the next Rockies Biannual Youth Movement. Dan O`Dowd got a head start on that by packaging him with Bigbie to get Ray King.
2005 This is not a player who helps a good club. He's a slap hitter who hasn't held onto his gains as he's advanced, and a full-time player in Coors who hits an empty .293 had better be +20 runs with the glove, which Miles isn't. He could hang onto his job due to inertia and the dissonance created by that .293 number, no matter how little else is actually there. If his hand injury's healed, and he gets any sleep after the birth of his child, his offense might perk up, but it's not a good bet.
2004 Miles is a tiny little dude and a slap hitter, which leads to all the inevitable comparisons with David Eckstein. Eckstein reached the majors at 26 after his original organization waived him, and gave his new team a couple of good years. Miles was traded to the Rockies over the winter, and with little competition in camp, he could be their Opening Day second baseman. Achieving Eckstein's cult-like following, of course, will also require Miles to replicate some of Eckstein's success?so far as we're aware, Craig Grebeck never had a fan club. And that could be, if you'll pardon the pun, a tall order. Miles does not possess Eckstein's above-average batting eye, and while he has a hair more power, PECOTA intuits that his short stature cuts against the potential for a power breakout.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, Can you tell us anything positive out of the A's camp? Things seem redundant. This is their fourth year in a row with a Sheet-load of health questions going into the season.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Adam Rosales, who they got from the Reds for Aaron Miles, has been outstanding. There's some good news, though Ben Sheets pitching well would be better news. (John Perrotto)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please help me understand: the A's finally got out from under the Bobby Crosby contract, only to take on Aaron Miles?? Any chance Miles can be a useful bench player?
(Drew W from NoVA)
No. Wow, I feel like Calvin Coolidge or something, except that I just that I feel like Calvin Coolidge or something. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two quick ones: 1) Have you ever seen an outfielder make two throws in a game as good as Rick Ankiel the other night in Colorado? 2) A team that carries Izturis, Brendan Ryan and Aaron Miles can't really stay in 1st all year, can it? Aren't Miles and Ryan redund
(akrieger from ATX)
1) Yes, but then on some level I'm always going to be in awe of Cory Snyder, and that's no slight of Ankiel. 2) Why not? The NL Central has a couple of very talented teams, but the Cubs and the Brewers have yet to put together the sort of hope-killing talent that could crush the rest of the field. (Christina Kahrl)


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