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Cubs Thu Dec 03 2009

Cubs Trade Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to Oakland

The Cubs have traded utility infielder Aaron Miles, first baseman Jake Fox and cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics for relief pitchers Jeff Gray and Ronny Morla and infielder Matt Spencer.

Miles was acquired via free agency last winter to replace Mark DeRosa who had been traded to the Cleveland Indians. Miles had an absolutely god-awful season batting just .185. He was coming off his second best season in 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals where he batted .317. He was in the second year of his two year contract. To his credit though Miles spent more time on the disabled list than the field.

Jake Fox was a man without a country so to speak, while he proved he could hit at the big league level he didn't play a position that wasn't already occupied by a veteran player. In 82 games with the Cubs he batted .259 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs. For all intents and purposes he was a DH in the National League and should be able to find a spot in Okland's starting lineup next season.

He filled in admirably at third base for the injured Aramis Ramirez. In the 23 games he started at the hot corner he only made 2 errors.

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