Rockies @ Dodgers May 12, 2012: We Will Never Be Free of Aaron Miles

Apparently, the Dodgers like Adam Kennedy so much, they’ve signed him twice: Aaron Miles is back in the fold, having signed a minor-league contract to return to the organization. Like Kennedy, Miles is a former Cardinal who can hit from the left side of the plate – in the sense that he can stand there with a bat in his hands – can kind of play second base, and is atrocious at third.

As you probably remember, I found Miles to be incredibly overrated last year, as his decent batting average certainly didn’t overcome a total lack of on-bases skills, power, or mediocre defense. (Since they’re basically the same player, it also goes once again to show that giving Kennedy a guaranteed contract in November was foolish, since players like this are obviously freely available in May.)

However, I don’t really mind this as much as you’d think. Sure, Miles is generally useless, but the Dodger infield depth is incredibly thin at this point. Remember, it’s not just that Jerry Hairston is on the disabled list, it’s also the near-certainty that Juan Uribe & Mark Ellis will get banged up as well, and though we’re all excited to see Alex Castellanos at some point, he’s been on the ABQ disabled list for weeks with hamstring injuries of his own. I like Justin Sellers because of his defense, but he’s shown no ability to hit big-league pitching (not that Dee Gordon has either), and everyone still clamoring for Josh Fields needs to go look at what he’s done away from Albuquerque. The Dodgers just don’t have a ton of depth, and so I get trying to add another warm body for zero cost.

I don’t think we’ll see Miles any time soon, just because he wasn’t in camp with anyone this spring and will likely need some time to catch up. If he’s simply to replace the disappointing Kennedy on the roster, then that’s a lateral, if pointless, move. But if we’re ever in a situation where we see both Kennedy & Miles on the roster at the same time, well, you’ll know things have gone all pear-shaped at that point. Frankly, I’d rather see Ivan De Jesus than Miles.

As for tonight’s game, Scott Van Slyke is once again not in the lineup against Colorado righty Juan Nicasio.

Rockies
Dodgers
2B
Scutaro
SS
Gordon
3B
Herrera
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Gonzalez
CF
Kemp
SS
Tulowitzki
RF
Ethier
1B
Helton
LF
Abreu
RF
Cuddyer
3B
Uribe
CF
Colvin
1B
Loney
C
Rosario
C
A.Ellis
P
Nicasio
P
Harang

 

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