Around the Majors: Astros sign Ensberg

1) The Astros re-signed 3B Morgan Ensberg to a 1 year, $3.8 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   20  .377  .530  .907  .635   7.24  .291  25   60    7  127  Astros       
2004   28  -12  .330  .411  .742  .404   4.28  .275  10   66    6  131  Astros       
2005   29   39  .388  .557  .945  .687   7.61  .283  36  101    6  150  Astros       
CAR         43  .365  .493  .858  .583   6.22  .279  74  246   21  461 
LG AVG       0  .340  .431  .771  .500   5.14  .269  47  191   23 
POS AVG     -8  .334  .429  .763  .483   4.96  .266  48  202   15 

2) The Rangers re-signed LF Kevin Mench to a 1 year, $2.8 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25    4  .381  .464  .845  .584   6.67  .320   2   11    1   38  Rangers      
2004   26   10  .335  .539  .874  .563   6.54  .279  26   71    0  125  Rangers      
2005   27    7  .328  .469  .797  .538   5.50  .264  25   73    4  150  Rangers      
CAR         18  .334  .484  .818  .534   5.83  .272  68  215    6  423 
LG AVG       0  .334  .428  .762  .500   4.99  .268  46  193   23 
POS AVG      5  .336  .435  .771  .510   5.13  .273  46  197   27 

3) The Cubs signed P Jason Simontacchi to a minor league contract.

Simontacchi missed the 2005 season, due to shoulder surgery.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 28   -2   4.02   24  24  143.1   72  4.52 12.18  11   5   0   8   8  Cardinals    
2003 29  -20   5.56   46  16  126.1   74  5.27 14.18   9   5   1   5   9  Cardinals    
2004 30   -2   5.28   13   0   15.1    3  1.76 14.67   0   0   0   0   0  Cardinals    
CAREER   -24   4.77   83  40  285    149  4.71 13.20  20  10   1  13  17 
LG AVG     0   4.20           285    213  6.71 12.74  16  16 

4) The Orioles re-signed CF Luis Matos to a 1 year, about $1.6 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   24   10  .353  .458  .811  .572   5.58  .303  13   45   15  109  Orioles      
2004   25  -24  .275  .333  .609  .254   2.98  .224   6   28   12   89  Orioles      
2005   26    0  .340  .373  .712  .500   4.59  .280   4   32   17  121  Orioles      
CAR        -33  .316  .379  .695  .423   4.15  .260  28  135   65  439 
LG AVG       0  .336  .431  .767  .500   5.08  .270  49  205   25 
POS AVG     -4  .333  .421  .755  .489   4.97  .272  41  188   47 

5) Today’s birthdays–

EDDIE AINSMITH, 1892-1981
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1913   21  -14  .262  .293  .555  .262   2.59  .214   2   20   17   84  Senators     
1920   28  -14  .285  .306  .591  .245   2.89  .231   1   19    4   69  Tigers       
1923   31  -15  .274  .330  .603  .308   2.99  .212   3   36    4   84  Cardinals/Dodgers
CAR       -108  .296  .324  .620  .370   3.38  .232  22  317   86 1073 
LG AVG       0  .341  .367  .709  .500   4.62  .275  22  357  101 
POS AVG    -78  .319  .325  .644  .412   3.81  .250  16  333   49 

WILLIAM BERGOLLA, AGE: 23
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2005   22   -7  .132  .132  .263  .000   0.00  .132   0    1    0   17  Reds         
CAR         -7  .132  .132  .263  .000   0.00  .132   0    1    0   17 
LG AVG       0  .339  .428  .767  .500   5.07  .268   1    6    1 
POS AVG      0  .339  .408  .747  .480   4.90  .272   1    5    1 

DAN PLESAC, AGE: 44
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1986 24   13   2.97   51   0   91     75  7.42 10.88  10   7  14  11   6  Brewers      
1987 25   17   2.61   57   0   79.1   89 10.10 10.10   5   6  23   8   3  Brewers      
1988 26   10   2.41   50   0   52.1   52  8.94  9.97   1   2  30   2   1  Brewers      
CAREER    70   3.64 1064  14 1072   1041  8.74 11.72  65  71 158  79  57 
LG AVG     0   4.23          1072    725  6.08 12.75  60  60 

GERMANY SCHAEFER, 1877-1919
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1902   25  -19  .250  .223  .473  .238   2.12  .196   0   14   12   81  Cubs         
1906   29  -16  .290  .296  .586  .383   3.55  .238   2   42   31  124  Tigers       
1909   32  -11  .284  .301  .586  .395   3.11  .248   1   26   14  124  Tigers/Senators
CAR        -14  .319  .322  .640  .492   4.07  .259   9  300  198 1084 
LG AVG       0  .317  .329  .646  .500   4.15  .257  13  356  147 
POS AVG     11  .318  .337  .655  .519   4.25  .260  14  382  149 

STEVE SCHMOLL, AGE: 26
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 25   -5   5.01   48   0   46.2   29  5.59 13.89   2   2   3   2   2  Dodgers      
CAREER    -5   5.01   48   0   46.2   29  5.59 13.89   2   2   3   2   2 
LG AVG     0   4.23            46.2   34  6.57 12.76   3   3 

POSSUM WHITTED, 1890-1962
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1913   23  -20  .282  .270  .552  .311   2.71  .220   0   38    9  123  Cardinals    
1920   30  -10  .314  .338  .652  .419   3.45  .261   1   74   11  134  Pirates      
CAR        -36  .313  .362  .675  .466   3.87  .270  23  451  116 1025 
LG AVG       0  .325  .357  .682  .500   4.14  .267  26  378  118 
POS AVG     12  .328  .365  .692  .514   4.25  .270  27  382  141 

The 2006 edition of the sabermetric baseball encyclopedia is available and is now shipping. Also, for the first time, there will be a subscription package available to get the encyclopedia updated every day during the 2006 season. The encyclopedia can be ordered at http://www.baseball-encyclopedia.com

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