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Damian Miller: I'll Be Back!

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It's just been announced that Damian Miller exercised his player option for $2.25 million and will be back next year.  I can't say I object to that one bit: he was great for the first half of the year, and $2.25 for a solid defensive catcher is going to be a pretty solid deal in this year's free-agent market.

What's more, Damian shouldn't be exhausted by the second half in 2007.  He played a ton for the first few months of the season, and no matter what he said about "good catching weather" and being in great shape, a guy in his late 30s shouldn't be catching 6 days a week.  

When Chad Moeller is your backup, I understand sending Damian out there every possible day.  But now, with Mike Rivera presumably returning as well, Damian can scale back to 4-5 days per week, with Yost playing the hot hand whenever he wants.    Managed more carefully, Damian shouldn't slump so badly in the second half, and (I hope) won't have such an array of nagging injuries come September.

This isn't quite the slam-dunk winner that picking up Francisco Cordero's option was, but I still like it.