Around the Majors: Astros sign Wilson

1) The Astros signed free agent CF Preston Wilson to either a 1 year, $4.5 million or 4 year, $28 million contract. Wilson will get $4 million in 2006 and at the end of the season, the team has an option for 3 years, $24 million or a $500,000 buyout.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   28    3  .343  .537  .880  .513   5.94  .282  36  141   14  155  Rockies      
2004   29  -16  .315  .391  .706  .270   3.67  .248   6   29    2   58  Rockies      
2005   30   -7  .325  .467  .793  .454   4.77  .260  25   90    6  139  Rockies/Nationals
CAR        -17  .333  .478  .811  .483   5.18  .264 171  591  110  948 
LG AVG       0  .343  .435  .779  .500   5.28  .270 116  474   63 
POS AVG     -6  .339  .431  .770  .492   5.22  .269 113  431  117 

2) The Rangers signed free agent P Brian Anderson to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

Anderson is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   14   3.78   32  31  197.2   87  3.96 11.79  14  11   0  15  10  Indians/Royals
2004 32  -22   5.64   35  26  166     70  3.80 14.69   6  12   0   7  11  Royals       
2005 33   -8   6.75    6   6   30.2   17  4.99 12.62   1   2   0   1   2  Royals       
CAREER   -33   4.74  291 245 1547    723  4.21 12.23  82  83   1  80  85 
LG AVG     0   4.51          1547   1122  6.53 13.08  86  87 

Anderson holds the all time record for worst HR vs. the league average among LHPs–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Brian Anderson              -74      264      190      -33   
2    Tom Browning                -73      236      163      -19   
3    Eric Milton                 -61      232      171      -43   
4    Frank Tanana                -59      448      389      100   
5    Floyd Bannister             -54      291      237       29   
6    Pete Falcone                -46      152      106      -67   
7    Preacher Roe                -45      199      154      133   
8    Jim Deshaies                -43      179      136      -64   
9    Darrell May                 -42      123       81      -28   
10   Dick Stigman                -39      133       94      -26   

He’s 7th on the all time list–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Ferguson Jenkins           -111      484      373      271   
T2   Pedro Ramos                 -83      315      232      -57   
T2   Catfish Hunter              -83      374      291       56   
4    Scott Sanderson             -77      297      220       23   
T5   Jose Lima                   -75      264      189     -126   
T5   Denny McLain                -75      242      167        9   
7    Brian Anderson              -74      264      190      -33   
8    Tom Browning                -73      236      163      -19   
9    George Blaeholder           -62      173      111       30   
10   Eric Milton                 -61      232      171      -43   

3) The Blue Jays signed free agent C Jason Phillips to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26    3  .373  .442  .815  .525   5.38  .298  11   58    0  119  Mets         
2004   27  -23  .298  .326  .624  .283   3.13  .218   7   34    0  128  Mets         
2005   28  -21  .287  .363  .650  .312   3.14  .238  10   55    0  121  Dodgers      
CAR        -40  .321  .381  .702  .385   3.90  .254  29  150    0  385 
LG AVG       0  .340  .432  .772  .500   5.16  .269  40  162   20 
POS AVG    -22  .329  .411  .740  .440   4.53  .258  38  166    5 

4) The Cubs signed INF Augie Ojeda and OF Michael Restovich to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

OJEDA
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   27   -8  .247  .243  .490  .124   1.69  .186   0    4    1   30  Cubs         
2003   28   -4  .185  .120  .305  .000   0.00  .120   0    0    0   12  Cubs         
2004   29    5  .429  .458  .886  .690   8.16  .339   2    7    1   30  Twins        
CAR        -22  .294  .304  .598  .295   3.17  .219   5   31    3  178 
LG AVG       0  .342  .436  .778  .500   5.26  .269  14   55    7 
POS AVG     -7  .330  .410  .740  .442   4.67  .266  11   49    7 

RESTOVICH
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   24    1  .406  .415  .821  .567   5.93  .283   0    4    0   24  Twins        
2004   25    0  .314  .447  .761  .511   5.40  .255   2    6    0   29  Twins        
2005   26   -6  .302  .374  .676  .315   3.48  .235   3    8    0   66  Rockies/Pirates
CAR         -5  .333  .408  .741  .431   4.50  .254   6   19    1  127 
LG AVG       0  .337  .429  .766  .500   5.07  .268   7   31    4 
POS AVG      3  .345  .452  .796  .534   5.50  .271   9   33    4 

5) According to the NY Daily News, the Mets, Rangers and Padres are interested in free agent 2B Bret Boone.

6) According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox and Devil Rays are within striking distance for a Julio Lugo for Andy Marte trade, if the Red Sox don’t trade for Miguel Tejada.

7) According to NY Newsday, the Mets and Dodgers are very close to a Jae Seo for Duaner Sanchez trade.

8) The Padres re-signed P Dewon Brazelton to a 1 year contract and signed free agent C Todd Greene to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

BRAZELTON
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 23  -13   6.89   10  10   48.1   24  4.47 15.46   1   6   0   2   5  Devil Rays   
2004 24   -5   4.77   22  21  120.2   64  4.77 13.80   6   8   0   7   7  Devil Rays   
2005 25  -26   7.61   20   8   71     43  5.45 19.14   1   8   0   2   7  Devil Rays   
CAREER   -45   5.98   54  41  253    136  4.84 15.62   8  23   0  11  20 
LG AVG     0   4.53           253    177  6.29 12.93  14  14 

GREENE
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32  -12  .243  .434  .677  .303   3.52  .229  10   20    0   62  Rangers      
2004   33   -7  .325  .508  .833  .398   5.04  .282  10   35    0   75  Rockies      
2005   34   -6  .299  .452  .751  .345   4.09  .254   7   23    0   38  Rockies      
CAR        -66  .281  .446  .726  .347   3.97  .248  69  200    5  475 
LG AVG       0  .341  .434  .775  .500   5.21  .271  47  197   25 
POS AVG    -17  .333  .421  .754  .457   4.80  .263  47  199   10 

9) Today’s birthdays–

DARYL BOSTON, AGE: 43
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1985   22  -12  .271  .332  .603  .295   2.84  .228   3   15    8   95  White Sox    
1987   24  -11  .307  .421  .728  .396   4.33  .258  10   29   12  103  White Sox    
1993   30  -11  .325  .464  .789  .390   4.88  .261  14   40    1  124  Rockies      
CAR        -31  .312  .410  .722  .455   4.34  .249  83  278   98 1058 
LG AVG       0  .329  .401  .730  .500   4.60  .263  69  327   61 
POS AVG     21  .332  .414  .746  .521   4.89  .266  76  332  110 

AL BRIDWELL, 1884-1969
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1905   21  -16  .309  .272  .581  .293   3.04  .252   0   17    8   82  Reds         
1906   22  -24  .297  .251  .548  .300   2.76  .227   0   22    6  120  Braves       
1907   23  -15  .309  .242  .551  .387   3.12  .218   0   26   17  140  Braves       
CAR        -33  .347  .297  .644  .478   4.08  .259   1  306  121 1070 
LG AVG       0  .327  .340  .667  .500   4.32  .259  19  367  148 
POS AVG    -41  .314  .324  .638  .467   3.97  .251  14  359  144 

TOMMY CORCORAN, 1869-1960
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1895   26  -35  .299  .346  .645  .327   4.31  .265   2   69   17  127  Dodgers      
1904   35  -38  .257  .301  .558  .274   2.95  .230   2   74   19  150  Reds         
1906   37  -39  .242  .249  .491  .178   2.15  .207   1   33    8  117  Reds         
CAR       -442  .289  .335  .625  .352   4.13  .256  34 1135  387 2200 
LG AVG       0  .345  .369  .714  .500   5.82  .278  58 1173  441 
POS AVG   -140  .330  .353  .683  .461   5.29  .267  52 1151  455 

TITO FUENTES, AGE: 62
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1967   23  -19  .266  .294  .560  .265   2.39  .209   5   29    4  133  Giants       
1974   30  -25  .293  .297  .591  .260   2.78  .249   0   22    7  108  Giants       
1975   31  -18  .309  .349  .658  .376   3.48  .280   4   43    8  146  Padres       
CAR       -136  .307  .347  .653  .400   3.61  .268  45  438   80 1499 
LG AVG       0  .329  .388  .717  .500   4.43  .262 129  649   95 
POS AVG    -99  .319  .345  .664  .428   3.83  .259  61  487  128 

PAUL GIBSON, AGE: 46
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1989 29  -11   4.64   45  13  132     77  5.25 13.09   4   8   0   5   7  Tigers       
1992 32  -13   5.23   43   1   62     49  7.11 13.79   0   1   0   0   1  Mets         
CAREER    -9   4.07  319  15  556.2  345  5.58 13.24  22  24  11  24  22 
LG AVG     0   3.99           556.2  350  5.66 12.49  31  31 

TED LILLY, AGE: 30
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27   -2   4.34   32  31  178.1  147  7.42 12.21  12  10   0  11  11  A's          
2004 28   19   4.06   32  32  197.1  168  7.66 12.13  12  10   0  13   9  Blue Jays    
2005 29  -16   5.56   25  25  126.1   96  6.84 13.96  10  11   0   8  13  Blue Jays    
CAREER   -10   4.67  153 128  754.1  639  7.62 12.65  44  45   0  45  44 
LG AVG     0   4.52           754.1  528  6.30 12.93  42  42 

DON MCMAHON, 1930-87
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1962 32   17   1.69   53   0   79.2   72  8.13 10.17   5   6   8   8   3  Braves/Astros
1964 34   15   2.41   70   0  101     92  8.20 10.78   6   4  16   7   3  Indians      
1967 37   13   1.98   63   0  109.1   84  6.91  9.38   6   2   5   6   2  Red Sox/White Sox
CAREER    78   2.96  874   2 1312   1003  6.88 11.44  90  68 153  91  67 
LG AVG     0   3.62          1312    831  5.70 11.91  73  73 

GEORGE SELKIRK, 1908-87
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1936   28   36  .420  .511  .931  .667   8.35  .308  18  107   13  137  Yankees      
1937   29   29  .411  .629 1.040  .730  10.25  .328  18   68    8   78  Yankees      
1939   31   57  .452  .517  .969  .786   9.97  .306  21  101   12  128  Yankees      
CAR        165  .400  .483  .883  .649   7.54  .290 108  576   49  846 
LG AVG       0  .362  .423  .786  .500   5.79  .287  53  396   37 
POS AVG     28  .367  .449  .816  .528   6.22  .295  63  433   35 

OSSIE VITT, 1890-1963
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1916   26  -18  .314  .295  .608  .386   3.32  .226   0   42   18  153  Tigers       
1919   29  -20  .309  .277  .587  .343   3.04  .243   0   40    9  133  Red Sox      
1921   31  -21  .321  .246  .567  .230   2.82  .190   0   12    1   78  Red Sox      
CAR       -120  .322  .295  .617  .386   3.34  .238   4  294  114 1062 
LG AVG       0  .338  .353  .691  .500   4.36  .267  21  431  139 
POS AVG    -57  .327  .331  .658  .451   3.91  .258  15  385  136 

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