Reds make trade for Oakland's Miles; sign Cabrera

Aaron Miles (Source: Cincinnati Reds)
Aaron Miles (Source: Cincinnati Reds)
Orlando Cabrera (Source: Cincinnati Reds)
Orlando Cabrera (Source: Cincinnati Reds)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds are having a three o'clock press conference to announce they have acquired infielder Aaron Miles from the Oakland Athletics.

Reds traded infielder Adam Rosales and outfielder Willy Taveras.

"I'm happy to be reunited with Aaron, who played a key role in our World Series championship in St. Louis," said  GM Walt Jocketty.  "He's a quality infielder, a quality person and will be an asset to our club."

Here are the stats for the players involved:

Miles, 33, was hampered last season by injuries to his throwing shoulder and elbow and made just 74 apps for the Chicago Cubs. On December 3 he was traded to Oakland, along with IF/OF Jake Fox and cash, in exchange for IF/OF Matthew Spencer, RHP Jeff Gray and RHP Ronny Morla.

Miles is a career .282 hitter in 717 games for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Cubs. In 2008, he hit a career-high .317 in 134 games. Miles was a member of the Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship club and has played every defensive position, including 3 appearances as a pitcher, except first base and catcher.

Taveras, 28, last season for the Reds hit .240 with 1 HR, 15 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 102 appearances for the Reds. Rosales, 26, in 2009 hit .213 in 87 games for the Reds and .349 in 30 appearances at Class AAA Louisville.

Also on Monday, the Reds announced the signing of shortstop Orlando Cabrera to a 1-year contract with a mutual option for 2011.

"Orlando is avery good player with experience in the post season," said Jocketty. "He makes us a better team both offensively and defensively and will be a veteran presence on a roster full of young players."

In 1,732 career games for the Expos, Angels, White Sox, A's and Twins, the two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner has a .275 career batting average. Last season, Cabrera produced at least 186 hits for the third straight year and for the fourth time in his career. Five times in his career he played at least 160 games in a season.