Around the Majors: Astros deny Bagwell rumor

1) The Astros deny a wire service report that they would like Jeff Bagwell to retire, so insurance could pay almost all of his 2006 salary.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   35   21  .373  .524  .897  .593   6.56  .278  39  100   11  160  Astros       
2004   36   17  .377  .465  .842  .582   6.33  .266  27   89    6  156  Astros       
2005   37    0  .358  .380  .738  .504   5.00  .250   3   19    0   39  Astros       
CAR        680  .408  .540  .948  .704   8.11  .297 449 1529  202 2150 
LG AVG       0  .339  .423  .763  .500   5.07  .269 228  991  161 
POS AVG    168  .356  .461  .817  .559   5.84  .277 306 1230   81 

Bagwell holds the modern day NL record for RCAA by a 1B and is 3rd on the major league list–

RCAA      
1    Lou Gehrig                 1247   
2    Jimmie Foxx                 951   
3    Jeff Bagwell                680   
T4   Johnny Mize                 667   
T4   Mark McGwire                667   
6    Willie McCovey              536   
7    Frank Thomas                505   (800 counting his time as a DH)
8    Eddie Murray                494   
9    Will Clark                  473   
T10  Jason Giambi                470   
T10  Fred McGriff                470   

2) The Red Sox signed free agent P Julian Tavarez to a 2 year, $6.7 million contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 30    5   3.66   64   0   83.2   39  4.20 11.51   3   3  11   3   3  Pirates      
2004 31   13   2.38   77   0   64.1   48  6.72 11.47   7   4   4   8   3  Cardinals    
2005 32    6   3.43   74   0   65.2   47  6.44 13.02   2   3   4   3   2  Cardinals    
CAREER    13   4.33  642  79 1081.1  626  5.21 13.84  72  55  21  66  61 
LG AVG     0   4.40          1081.1  800  6.65 12.99  61  61 

3) The Red Sox re-signed INF Tony Graffanino to a 1 year, $2.05 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   31    4  .331  .428  .759  .552   5.54  .260   7   23    8   90  White Sox    
2004   32   -7  .332  .335  .667  .415   4.09  .263   3   26   10   75  Royals       
2005   33    5  .366  .425  .791  .544   5.38  .309   7   38    7  110  Royals/Red Sox
CAR        -25  .336  .394  .731  .461   4.70  .268  42  213   48  759 
LG AVG       0  .338  .429  .767  .500   5.09  .269  67  285   38 
POS AVG    -17  .333  .413  .745  .471   4.83  .267  56  256   46 

4) The A’s re-signed CF Milton Bradley ($3 million) and P Kiko Calero ($850,000) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

BRADLEY
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25   34  .421  .501  .923  .728   7.96  .321  10   56   17  101  Indians      
2004   26    3  .362  .424  .786  .521   5.27  .267  19   67   15  141  Dodgers      
2005   27   10  .350  .484  .835  .604   6.08  .290  13   38    6   75  Dodgers      
CAR          6  .350  .426  .776  .511   5.16  .269  54  233   54  534 
LG AVG       0  .338  .433  .772  .500   5.15  .268  63  256   32 
POS AVG     -8  .333  .424  .757  .485   5.00  .267  58  234   63 

CALERO
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 28    6   2.82   26   1   38.1   51 11.97 11.74   1   1   1   1   1  Cardinals    
2004 29    7   2.78   41   0   45.1   47  9.33  7.54   3   1   2   3   1  Cardinals    
2005 30    8   3.23   58   0   55.2   52  8.41 10.35   4   1   1   3   2  A's          
CAREER    21   2.97  125   1  139.1  150  9.69  9.82   8   3   4   7   4 
LG AVG     0   4.33           139.1  100  6.48 12.75   8   8 

5) The Tigers re-signed 3B Brandon Inge (1 year, $3 million) and P Mike Maroth (2 years, $5.25 million), to avoid salary arbitration.

INGE
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26  -22  .265  .339  .605  .260   2.68  .203   8   30    4  104  Tigers       
2004   27    6  .340  .453  .793  .548   5.52  .287  13   64    5  131  Tigers       
2005   28   -3  .330  .419  .749  .482   4.60  .261  16   72    7  160  Tigers       
CAR        -58  .299  .379  .678  .389   3.76  .238  44  205   18  569 
LG AVG       0  .333  .428  .762  .500   4.99  .268  62  261   32 
POS AVG    -29  .321  .409  .731  .450   4.47  .260  57  246   22 

MAROTH
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25  -31   5.73   33  33  193.1   87  4.05 13.45   9  21   0  11  19  Tigers       
2004 26    3   4.31   33  33  217    108  4.48 12.86  11  13   0  12  12  Tigers       
2005 27  -11   4.74   34  34  209    115  4.95 12.70  14  14   0  13  15  Tigers       
CAREER   -44   4.82  121 121  748    368  4.43 12.85  40  58   0  43  55 
LG AVG     0   4.50           748    519  6.25 12.87  42  42 

6) The Nationals re-signed CF Marlon Byrd to a 1 year, $800,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25   13  .366  .418  .784  .581   5.83  .303   7   45   11  135  Phillies     
2004   26  -25  .287  .321  .608  .248   2.87  .228   5   33    2  106  Phillies     
2005   27   -3  .323  .376  .698  .451   4.28  .266   2   26    5   79  Phillies/Nationals
CAR        -17  .329  .377  .707  .447   4.42  .270  15  105   18  330 
LG AVG       0  .340  .432  .772  .500   5.17  .269  36  146   17 
POS AVG      5  .340  .437  .776  .513   5.31  .270  37  139   36 

7) According to the Washington Times, the Nationals confirmed they are interested in free agent RF Sammy Sosa.

8) The Rangers re-signed P Joaquin Benoit to 1 year, $750,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 23   -6   5.49   25  17  105     87  7.46 13.11   8   5   0   6   7  Rangers      
2004 24   -7   5.68   28  15  103     95  8.30 13.28   3   5   0   4   4  Rangers      
2005 25    8   3.72   32   9   87     78  8.07 11.28   4   4   0   5   3  Rangers      
CAREER   -12   5.17  103  55  384.2  323  7.56 13.55  19  19   1  19  19 
LG AVG     0   4.51           384.2  267  6.25 12.88  22  22 

9) The Yankees are reportedly interested in free agent P Jeff Nelson.

10) The Astros signed P Joe Valentine to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 23   -3  18.00    2   0    2      1  4.50 27.00   0   0   0   0   0  Reds         
2004 24   -4   5.22   24   1   29.1   29  8.90 15.34   2   3   4   2   3  Reds         
2005 25   -6   8.16   16   0   14.1    9  5.65 19.47   0   1   0   0   1  Reds         
CAREER   -13   6.70   42   1   45.2   39  7.69 17.15   2   4   4   2   4 
LG AVG     0   4.29            45.2   34  6.68 12.81   3   3 

11) The Blue Jays signed P Ben Weber to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 33   13   2.69   62   0   80.1   46  5.15 11.88   5   1   0   4   2  Angels       
2004 34   -9   8.06   18   0   22.1   11  4.43 20.96   0   2   0   1   1  Angels       
2005 35   -5   8.03   10   0   12.1    8  5.84 21.89   0   0   0   0   0  Reds         
CAREER    20   3.77  228   0  284    162  5.13 13.28  19   8   7  18   9 
LG AVG     0   4.52           284    199  6.30 12.95  16  16 

12) The Phillies nonroster invitees to spring training–INFs Bobby Scales and Joe Thurston, 3B Chris Coste, OFs Peter Bergeron Shawn Garrett, Cs Tim Gradoville, Jason Jaramillo and Dusty Wathan, Ps Cole Hamels, Gio Gonzalez, Aquilino Lopez, Ryan Cameron, Clay Condrey, Jeremy Cummings, Travis Minix, Aaron Myette, Brian Sanches and Matt White.

13) The Tigers nonroster invitees to spring training–INFs Mike Hessman, Kevin Hooper and Josh Phelps, OFs Alexis Gomez and Reggie Taylor, Cs Brian Peterson, Mike Rabelo, Chris Robinson, Danilo Sanchez and Max St. Pierre, Ps Tim Crabtree, Chad Durbin, Lee Gardner, Kevin Hodge, Colby Lewis, Bobby Seay.

14) Today’s birthdays–

LUIS AYALA, AGE: 28
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   17   2.92   65   0   71     46  5.83 10.52  10   3   5  10   3  Expos        
2004 26   14   2.69   81   0   90.1   63  6.28 11.16   6  12   2  12   6  Expos        
2005 27   10   2.66   68   0   71     40  5.07 12.04   8   7   1  10   5  Nationals    
CAREER    41   2.75  214   0  232.1  149  5.77 11.23  24  22   8  32  14 
LG AVG     0   4.28           232.1  172  6.66 12.80  13  13 

GEORGE BROWNE, 1876-1920
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1908   32  -21  .276  .274  .550  .344   2.77  .228   1   34   17  138  Braves       
CAR        -15  .318  .339  .657  .495   4.34  .273  18  303  190 1102 
LG AVG       0  .321  .332  .653  .500   4.38  .259  16  413  172 
POS AVG     25  .326  .343  .669  .529   4.60  .265  20  397  179 

BOBBY CROSBY, AGE: 26
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23   -2  .143  .000  .143  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0   11  A's          
2004   24  -15  .319  .426  .744  .411   4.27  .239  22   64    7  151  A's          
2005   25    4  .346  .456  .802  .535   5.44  .276   9   38    0   84  A's          
CAR        -13  .326  .431  .758  .452   4.61  .249  31  102    7  246 
LG AVG       0  .336  .431  .767  .500   5.06  .270  30  125   15 
POS AVG     -8  .329  .415  .744  .472   4.78  .274  22  109   18 

RANDY JONES, AGE: 56
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1974 24  -23   4.45   40  34  208.1  124  5.36 12.96   8  22   2  12  18  Padres       
1977 27  -18   4.58   27  25  147.1   44  2.69 12.77   6  12   0   7  11  Padres       
1982 32  -12   4.60   28  20  107.2   44  3.68 15.46   7  10   0   7  10  Mets         
CAREER    -1   3.42  305 285 1933    735  3.42 11.34 100 123   2 113 110 
LG AVG     0   3.64          1933   1101  5.12 12.20 107 107 

HENRY LARKIN, 1860-1942
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1885   25   64  .372  .525  .897  .763  11.80  .329   8    0    0  108  Athletics    
1886   26   55  .390  .450  .839  .719   9.52  .319   2    0   32  139  Athletics    
1889   29   42  .428  .426  .854  .670   9.53  .318   3   74   11  133  Athletics    
1890   30   46  .420  .484  .904  .690  10.31  .332   5  112    5  125  Infants      
CAR        318  .380  .440  .820  .652   8.78  .303  53  549  129 1184 
LG AVG       0  .328  .352  .680  .500   6.19  .261  29  370  251 
POS AVG    138  .349  .394  .742  .575   7.33  .283  39  477  221 

MIKE MARSHALL, AGE: 46
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1983   23   13  .347  .434  .782  .589   5.42  .284  17   65    7  140  Dodgers      
1985   25   27  .342  .515  .857  .664   5.88  .293  28   95    3  135  Dodgers      
CAR         51  .321  .446  .768  .544   4.79  .270 148  530   26 1035 
LG AVG       0  .328  .389  .717  .500   4.45  .261  80  411   97 
POS AVG     39  .334  .419  .753  .531   4.84  .267 105  471   97 

SCOTT OLSEN, AGE: 22
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 21    0   3.98    5   4   20.1   21  9.30 13.72   1   1   0   1   1  Marlins      
CAREER     0   3.98    5   4   20.1   21  9.30 13.72   1   1   0   1   1 
LG AVG     0   4.23            20.1   15  6.57 12.76   1   1 

CHRIS RAY, AGE: 24
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 23    6   2.66   41   0   40.2   43  9.52 11.73   1   3   0   3   1  Orioles      
CAREER     6   2.66   41   0   40.2   43  9.52 11.73   1   3   0   3   1 
LG AVG     0   4.36            40.2   28  6.16 12.63   2   2 

ED SWARTWOOD, 1859-1924
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1882   23   52  .370  .489  .859  .800  11.21  .329   4    0    0   76  Alleghenys   
1883   24   65  .391  .475  .866  .788  11.92  .356   3    0    0   94  Alleghenys   
1890   31   57  .444  .444  .887  .730  11.37  .327   3    0   53  126  Maumees      
CAR        245  .379  .399  .778  .683   9.05  .299  14    4  120  724 
LG AVG       0  .307  .340  .647  .500   5.96  .255  13    7   95 
POS AVG     51  .321  .360  .681  .543   6.63  .267  17    6  127 

REGGIE TAYLOR, AGE: 29
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   25  -16  .291  .429  .719  .327   3.66  .254   9   38   11  135  Reds         
2003   26  -11  .266  .350  .616  .287   3.12  .217   5   19    7  100  Reds         
2005   28   -1  .250  .273  .523  .295   3.00  .182   0    1    2   11  Devil Rays   
CAR        -31  .274  .381  .654  .295   3.29  .231  14   58   21  260 
LG AVG       0  .340  .427  .767  .500   5.08  .267  17   70    9 
POS AVG      2  .338  .431  .769  .510   5.19  .270  17   64   18 

DONTRELLE WILLIS, AGE: 24
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 21   12   3.30   27  27  160.2  142  7.95 11.71  14   6   0  12   8  Marlins      
2004 22    2   4.02   32  32  197    139  6.35 12.75  10  11   0  11  10  Marlins      
2005 23   36   2.63   34  34  236.1  170  6.47 10.51  22  10   0  22  10  Marlins      
CAREER    50   3.27   93  93  594    451  6.83 11.58  46  27   0  45  28 
LG AVG     0   4.27           594    439  6.65 12.80  33  33 

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