Around the Majors: Astros re-sign Clemens

1) The Astros re-signed P Roger Clemens to a 1 year, $18 million contract.

After 4.35 ERA/0 RSAA and 3.91 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Clemens had a 2.98 ERA/32 RSAA in 33 starts. He has a 3.18 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.38, and 645 RSAA in 640 games.

Clemens has a chance to set the modern day record for career RSAA (he’s 4th including the 19th century)–

RSAA   
1    Lefty Grove                 668   
2    Roger Clemens               645   
3    Walter Johnson              643   
4    Greg Maddux                 553   
5    Grover C Alexander          524   
6    Randy Johnson               511   
7    Pedro Martinez              477   
8    Christy Mathewson           405   
9    Tom Seaver                  404   
10   Carl Hubbell                355   

2) The Rangers have reportedly made a 4 year, $48 million offer to free agent 1B Carlos Delgado, with the team wanting an answer by the end of the weekend.

3) The Angels signed free agent INF Lou Merloni to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

After -3 RCAA/.724 OPS and -2 RCAA/.704 OPS seasons, Merloni hit .426 SLG, .343 OBA, .769 OPS, -4 RCAA in 71 games with the Indians. He has a .722 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -31 RCAA in 409 games.

4) The Orioles signed free agent P Steve Reed to a 1 year, $1.05 million contract, with an option for 2006, added INF Chris Gomez to the 40 man roster and designated Ps Dave Borkowski and Brian Forystek for assignment.

After 2.01 ERA/13 RSAA and 3.27 ERA/11 RSAA seasons, Reed had a 3.68 ERA/11 RSAA in 65 games with the Rockies. He has a 3.51 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.31, and 128 RSAA in 803 games.

After -9 RCAA/.715 OPS and -13 RCAA/.633 OPS seasons, Gomez had a 346 SLG, .337 OBA, .683 OPS, -11 RCAA in 109 games with the BlueJays. He has a .680 career OPS, compared to his league average of .769, and -137 RCAA in 1189 games.

Borkowski has a 6.33 ERA/-28 RSAA in 51 career games, including a 5.14 ERA/-2 RSAA in 17 games (8 starts) in 2004.

5) The Pirates signed P Albie Lopez to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

Lopez, who was out of the majors in 2004, has a 4.94 ERA/-26 RSAA in 297 career games.

6) The Indians re-signed 3B Casey Blake to a 2 year, $5.4 million contract, with an option for 2007.

After a -8 RCAA/.723 OPS season, Blake hit .486 SLG, .354 OBA, .839 OPS, 9 RCAA in 152 games. He has a .770 career OPS, compared to his league average of .769, and -4 RCAA in 353 games.

7) The Padres signed P Steve Sparks to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

After 5.52 ERA/-29 RSAA and 4.88 ERA/-7 RSAA seasons, Sparks had a 6.04 ERA/-21 RSAA in 18 starts (29 games) with the Diamondbacks.

8) The Phillies claimed P Edwin Moreno off waivers from the Rangers.

9) The Mets sold P Pedro Feliciano to the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

Feliciano has a 4.21 ERA/1 RSAA in 51 games, including a 5.40 ERA/-2 RSAA in 22 games in 2004.


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