A day after appearing to agree on a deal that would send Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies, Jim Hendry ended the year in surprising fashion.
The Cubs signed former Cardinal Aaron Miles to a two year deal worth $4.9 million. Miles will earn $2.2 million in 2009 and $2.7 million in 2010. Shortly after signing Miles on Wednesday, the Cubs traded Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for three minor league pitching prospects….including right-hander Jeff Stevens who was the closer for Team USA and Chris Archer and John Gaub, both Class-A pitchers.
The trades of Marquis and DeRosa freed up around $8.3 million dollars.
Speculation is rampant that the Cubs are going to renew the talks with San Diego for Jake Peavy while XM Radio is speculating the Cubs could make a run at Brian Roberts.
Jeff Stevens was added to the Cubs 40-man roster and will be given a chance to make the 25-man roster in the spring.
The next two weeks leading up to the Cubs Convention should be very interesting….stay tuned.