Trades In Haiku: Here's The Good News


Good bye, Aaron ... you won't be missed (Tribune photo)

Aaron Miles is gone
Traded to the Oakland A's
That is the good news

The not so good news?
Jake Fox is part of the deal
I'm gonna miss him

From the Tribune:

The Cubs finally shed that albatross contract, trading a frequently booed and less-than-productive player to the A's on Thursday. Sorry, but Milton Bradley is still a Cub. The player exiled was Aaron Miles, who was paid more than $400,000 for every run he drove in during an injury-plagued season. Miles and the remaining $2.7 million he is owed joined Wrigley Field fan favorite Jake Fox in a trade for reliever Jeff Gray and two minor-leaguers.

The word from Hendry
Gray "can come in and compete"
For a bullpen job

But the immediate punch should be provided by Gray, whom Hendry called "a power arm who gets it up to 95-97 (mph) on a regular basis. He can come in and compete in the bullpen" for a job in spring training, most likely in the sixth and seventh innings.  However, Gray's job is not guaranteed, and even Hendry admitted the club would "pursue some bullpen possibilities" in Indianapolis as well as seek bench and outfield help while shopping Bradley.

The minor leaguers?
The "athletic" Matt Spencer,
And Ronny Morla

Seems like a win-win
Jake Fox could be a DH
Spencer bats lefty

A former third-round pick of the Phillies, the 23-year-old Spencer would seem to be a more athletic version of Fox, able to play the outfield corner spots as well as first and third base. He also bats left-handed. Hendry called him, a "very important guy for us."  Spencer hit .289 with 34 doubles, 19 homers and 91 RBIs combined at Class A and Double-A last summer.  The Cubs also received right-hander Ronny Morla, who was 1-7 with a 4.86 ERA at Class A Vancouver

So while I'll miss Jake
Matt Spencer sounds promising
And Fox could play more

As for the popular Fox, who hit 11 homers and drove in 44 runs in 82 games, Hendry said the trade would "give him an opportunity to play more on a regular basis in the American League" as a designated hitter.

There is a downside:
When things are going bad, we'll
Need a new scapegoat


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