The All-Star catcher was acquired last month in a trade with the
Arizona Diamondbacks. Eligible for arbitration, he could have
gotten a raise from the $2.7 million he made last year.
Instead, Miller gets $2.7 million next season and $3 million in
2004. He could earn another $150,000 per year in performance
''We're happy to have him tied up. We think it's a fair deal for
everyone,'' Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. ''He gets some
security and we think it's a deal for us before we get to the
''I'm happy to be going to Nashville with him under contract.''
The winter meetings begin Friday in Nashville, Tenn.
Despite Miller's new deal, the Cubs could still make a run at
Ivan Rodriguez. They've expressed interest in him, but are waiting
to see what kind of money he'll want.
Rodriguez was the AL's highest-paid catcher last season, making
$9.6 million. The Texas Rangers declined to offer him arbitration,
which could have gotten him more than $12 million next year.
And if the Cubs don't get Rodriguez, they're comfortable with
Miller. Chicago also acquired Paul Bako in a trade with Milwaukee
Miller, 33, batted .249 with 22 doubles, 11 homers and 42 RBI in
101 games last season for the Diamondbacks, who won the NL West.
He had a .997 fielding percentage behind the plate, committing
two errors in 767 total chances, and threw out 36 percent of
baserunners who tried to steal.
He hit his first career inside-the-park homer in August against
the Cubs and had a pair of doubles and an RBI in the All-Star game