The Cardinals traded reliever Ray King to the Rockies in return for second baseman Aaron Miles and outfielder Larry Bigbie. King, who was dissatisfied with his lack of innings in the post-season, had asked for a trade. In two seasons in St. Louis he appeared in 163 games, but didn’t pitch in the 2005 playoffs.
Miles has played two full seasons with the Rockies, after breaking in with the White sox in 2003. Last season he played 99 games and hit .281 with two homers, 28 RBI’s and 37 runs scored. In 2004 he played in 134 games and hit .293.
Bigbie spent the first five-and-a-half years of his big league career with the Orioles, before being traded to Colorado last season. He hit .239 with five homers and 23 RBI’s last season. His best season came in 2004, when he played 139 games for the Orioles and hit .280 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI’s.
The Royals sent relief pitcher Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named later for starting pitcher Mark Redman. This will mark Redman’s sixth team in his eighth season in the big leagues. He was 5-15 in 2005 with a 4.90 ERA—it was the worst season of his career. Redman won 14 games for the Marlins in their 2003 World Series Championship.