Around the Majors: A’s sign Thomas

1) The A’s signed free agent DH Frank Thomas to a 1 year, $500,000 contract.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   35   48  .390  .562  .952  .710   8.07  .267  42  105    0  153  White Sox    
2004   36   26  .434  .563  .997  .728   9.45  .271  18   49    0   74  White Sox    
2005   37    4  .315  .590  .905  .596   6.21  .219  12   26    0   34  White Sox    
CAR        800  .427  .568  .995  .751   9.18  .307 448 1465   32 1959 
LG AVG       0  .339  .424  .763  .500   5.04  .269 202  892  124 
POS AVG    192  .361  .469  .830  .578   6.05  .276 296 1100   53 

Thomas ranks 8th in AL history for career RCAA–

RCAA                           RCAA    
1    Babe Ruth                  1795   
2    Ted Williams               1475   
3    Ty Cobb                    1369   
4    Lou Gehrig                 1247   
5    Mickey Mantle              1099   
6    Tris Speaker               1053   
7    Jimmie Foxx                 996   
8    Frank Thomas                800   
9    Eddie Collins               747   
10   Joe DiMaggio                708   

He ranks 10th on the all time list for OPS vs. the league average (since 1900)–

OPS                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                  .403    1.164     .760   
2    Ted Williams               .370    1.116     .746   
3    Barry Bonds                .304    1.053     .749   
4    Lou Gehrig                 .299    1.080     .780   
5    Rogers Hornsby             .276    1.010     .735   
6    Jimmie Foxx                .263    1.038     .775   
7    Mickey Mantle              .252     .977     .725   
8    Ty Cobb                    .242     .945     .704   
9    Stan Musial                .236     .976     .739   
10   Frank Thomas               .232     .995     .763  

2) The Indians re-signed 1B Ben Broussard to a 1 year, $2.5 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26    1  .312  .443  .755  .506   4.71  .249  16   55    5  116  Indians      
2004   27   18  .370  .488  .858  .619   6.60  .275  17   82    4  139  Indians      
2005   28    6  .307  .464  .770  .540   5.01  .255  19   68    2  142  Indians      
CAR         21  .327  .459  .786  .546   5.28  .258  56  214   11  436 
LG AVG       0  .334  .429  .763  .500   5.01  .268  44  184   22 
POS AVG     18  .347  .448  .796  .539   5.46  .266  55  211    9 

3) Denny Neagle pled guilty for patronizing a prostitute and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1995 26   24   3.43   31  31  209.2  150  6.44 11.55  13   8   0  13   8  Pirates      
1996 27   21   3.50   33  33  221.1  149  6.06 11.26  16   9   0  15  10  Pirates/Braves
1997 28   31   2.97   34  34  233.1  172  6.63  9.99  20   5   0  16   9  Braves       
CAREER    56   4.24  392 286 1890.1 1415  6.74 12.06 124  92   3 115 101 
LG AVG     0   4.26          1890.1 1395  6.64 12.78 106 106 

4) The Mets sold minor league OF Angel Pagan to the Cubs.

5) The Rockies signed P Miguel Asencio to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, and invited INFs Ian Stewart and Troy Tulowitzki, Cs Dan Conway and Chris Iannetta and Ps Justin Hampson, Zack Parker, Jim Miller, Sandy Nin and Jud Songster to spring training.

ASENCIO
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 21    2   5.11   31  21  123.1   58  4.23 14.81   4   7   0   6   5  Royals       
2003 22    0   5.21    8   8   48.1   27  5.03 14.52   2   1   0   1   2  Royals       
CAREER     2   5.14   39  29  171.2   85  4.46 14.73   6   8   0   7   7 
LG AVG     0   4.48           171.2  119  6.22 12.84  10  10 

6) On Tuesday, Carlos Martinez died at the age of 40.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1990   25  -18  .252  .327  .579  .228   2.29  .224   4   24    0   92  White Sox    
CAR        -44  .293  .359  .652  .377   3.37  .258  25  161   10  465 
LG AVG       0  .330  .393  .723  .500   4.48  .262  36  183   30 
POS AVG     15  .341  .408  .748  .528   4.83  .264  44  195   15 

7) Today’s birthdays–

GEORGE BLAEHOLDER, 1904-47
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1930 26   11   4.62   37  23  191     70  3.30 13.34  11  13   4  13  11  Browns       
1933 29   11   4.71   38  36  256     63  2.21 12.38  15  19   0  18  16  Browns       
1934 30   13   4.23   39  33  234     66  2.54 13.23  14  18   3  18  14  Browns       
CAREER    30   4.54  338 251 1913    572  2.69 13.02 104 125  12 118 111 
LG AVG     0   4.42          1913    690  3.25 13.57 107 107 

KENNY KELLY, AGE: 28
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2000   21    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0    2  Devil Rays   
2005   26    0  .357  .385  .742  .479   4.91  .308   0    2    1   24  Reds/Nationals
CAR          0  .333  .357  .690  .437   4.50  .286   0    2    1   26 
LG AVG       0  .340  .429  .769  .500   5.11  .269   0    2    0 
POS AVG      0  .343  .439  .782  .514   5.32  .271   1    2    0 

BRANDON MEDDERS, AGE: 26
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 25    9   1.78   27   0   30.1   31  9.20  9.79   4   1   0   4   1  Diamondbacks 
CAREER     9   1.78   27   0   30.1   31  9.20  9.79   4   1   0   4   1 
LG AVG     0   4.23            30.1   22  6.57 12.76   2   2 

BOB NIEMAN, 1927-85
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1956   29   38  .436  .495  .931  .717   7.97  .320  14   68    1  128  White Sox/Orioles
1958   31   28  .395  .522  .917  .715   6.97  .325  16   60    2  105  Orioles      
1959   32   21  .367  .528  .895  .667   6.50  .292  21   60    1  118  Orioles      
CAR        149  .373  .474  .847  .625   6.15  .295 125  544   10 1113 
LG AVG       0  .340  .396  .736  .500   4.73  .264  82  416   32 
POS AVG     96  .360  .444  .804  .582   5.73  .275 121  506   35 

ANTONIO PEREZ, AGE: 26
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23   -1  .345  .360  .705  .466   4.64  .248   2   12    4   48  Devil Rays   
2004   24   -1  .286  .308  .593  .245   2.70  .231   0    0    1   13  Dodgers      
2005   25    4  .360  .398  .758  .546   5.34  .297   3   23   11   98  Dodgers      
CAR          2  .353  .383  .736  .512   5.02  .280   5   35   16  159 
LG AVG       0  .337  .428  .766  .500   5.06  .268  12   51    6 
POS AVG     -3  .333  .414  .747  .476   4.80  .267  10   48    6 

ANDRES TORRES, AGE: 28
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25  -14  .263  .298  .560  .195   2.19  .220   1    9    5   59  Tigers       
2004   26    0                                        0    0    1    3  Tigers       
2005   27   -2  .190  .211  .401  .108   1.59  .158   0    1    1    8  Rangers      
CAR        -22  .258  .276  .534  .175   2.02  .210   1   13    9   89 
LG AVG       0  .333  .427  .760  .500   4.98  .267   9   39    5 
POS AVG     -1  .330  .416  .746  .492   4.87  .270   7   36   10 

KAISER WILHELM, 1874-1936
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1904 30  -32   3.69   39  36  288     73  2.28 12.41  14  20   0  12  22  Braves       
1905 31  -42   4.54   34  28  242     76  2.83 13.65   3  23   0   8  18  Braves       
1910 36  -14   4.76   15   5   68     17  2.25 14.16   3   7   0   3   7  Dodgers      
CAREER   -85   3.32  168 131 1187.1  331  2.51 12.07  44  88   0  55  77 
LG AVG     0   2.72          1187.1  463  3.51 11.29  66  66 

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