CHICAGO -- The Cubs hope to have filled one vacancy in the 2007 rotation by signing right-handed pitcher Wade Miller to a one-year contract.
Miller, 30, made five starts from Sept. 9-Oct. 1, and was 0-2 with a 4.57 ERA. He was coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, which he had in late September 2005.
Miller did not pitch past the fifth inning in any of his starts and was on a strict pitch count. He walked 18 and struck out 20 over 21 2/3 innings, and on Sept. 19 against Philadelphia, he struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings.
The right-hander has a career record of 62-45 over eight seasons with Houston (1999-2004), Boston (2005) and the Cubs (2006), including a 16-8 season in 2001 with the Astros.
Miller could join Carlos Zambrano and Rich Hill in new manager Lou Piniella's rotation. Who else will start? The Cubs were believed to be one of the teams to submit a bid to the Seibu Lions for highly touted Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry were meeting in Arizona this week with the team's scouting staff and player development people to go over their offseason game plan. One issue still to be resolved is what to do with Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs have exclusive negotiating rights with Ramirez until Saturday, and then all teams will be able to bid for the third baseman, who exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and filed for free agency.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.