Friday, January 20, 2006

Miller Signs With Cubs

Free agent Wade Miller, non-tendered by the Boston Red Sox after his truncated '05 season and resulting labrum surgery in September, lopped $500,000 off his requested signing price to ink a deal with the Chicago Cubsfor an even $1 million. He was also asking for $3 million in performance bonuses, but settled for another $1 million. Miller this month began throwing on flat ground as part of a rehabilitation program that doctors predict will restore him to 100% within 90 days, meaning he'll miss the first month of the season. Cubs starter Kerry Wood also likely will miss a month or more. Miller is only 29. His best year was in 2001 when he went 16-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings. If you have an inactive roster, Miller might be worth stashing away with a late round draft pick or a $1 bid in an auction league. Those bidding for the oft-injured Wood probably will overpay.