02/24/10 5:59 PM EST
Miles happy to have fresh start
Infielder sees Central return with Reds as perfect fit
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
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Sights & Sounds
Spring Training Info
Over his seven big league seasons with the White Sox, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs, Miles is a .282 career hitter with a .322 on-base percentage. He was part of the 2006 Cardinals World Series winner under then-St. Louis general manager Walt Jocketty.Manager Dusty Baker has managed against Miles' teams often and knows him well. Baker doesn't yet know exactly how he will make use of Miles off the bench. Miles can play second base, third base, shortstop and even some outfield if needed. "He's a scrappy little player that gives you what he has. He's a tough out," Baker said. On Feb. 1, the Reds acquired Miles and a player to be named from the A's for Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales. Miles had been traded from the Cubs to Oakland only in December. "Initially, I was excited to get traded to Oakland because I'm from the area," Miles said. "I could play and keep my kids there. But right away they told me they were planning on trading me. After finding out it was Cincinnati to play for Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker, I was very excited and knew it was a better fit for me. It's a team in the NL Central that has seen what I can do."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.