The Berks County Pa. native agreed to a one-year contract Thursday. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
The 30-year-old right-hander made just five starts last season after returning from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to finish 0-2 with a 4.57 ERA. One of those starts was a 4 2-3 inning no decision against the Phils, in which he struck out eight batters.
Miller is expected to join Carlos Zambrano and Rich Hill in the Cubs rotation. In 148 career appearances, including 144 starts with the Astros, Red Sox and Cubs, Miller is 62-45 with a 4.00 ERA.
Beerleaguer: Miller is a fellow Brandywine Bullet and attended Alvernia College in Reading, Pa. In my biased opinion, it’s a good little situation for the Cubs. He was an upper-tier pitcher until a frayed rotator cuff derailed his career in 2004. He throws an especially tight breaking pitch and can miss bats. Provided he stays healthy, Miller could be a nice, economic, back-of-the-rotation starter for Lou Pinella's Cubbies.
-- Word out of Chicago is the White Sox want Aaron Rowand back. This was picked up by several message board people and overheard on Chicago talk radio. Very speculative obviously, but this rumor has roots dating back to last season. The Sox would be an attractive trading partner. They are believed to be dangling starters Freddy Garcia and Javier Vasquez, although Vasquez has a no-trade clause. They also have redundancy at third with Joe Crede and Josh Fields.
-- The Phillies have contacted Rich Aurilia’s agent, according to a report on Comcast. The 35-year-old third baseman hit .300/.349/.518 with 23 homers for Cincinnati. His $2 million option was bought out by the Reds. San Francisco is believed to have significant interest in reacquiring him.