Around the Majors: Blue Jays sign Hillenbrand

Today in Hardball Times–

Daily Graphing: Brian Roberts
by David Appelman
David takes a look at Brian Robert’s 2005 offensive explosion!
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/daily-graphing-brian-roberts/

Where Are They Now?
by John Brattain
A nostalgic look back at the 1994 Montreal Expos (Part 1)
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/where-are-they-now/

1) The Blue Jays re-signed DH Shea Hillenbrand ($5.8 million) and P Pete Walker ($650,000) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

HILLENBRAND
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27  -14  .314  .468  .782  .417   4.63  .280  20   97    1  134  Red Sox/Diamondbacks
2004   28    3  .348  .464  .812  .518   5.64  .310  15   80    2  148  Diamondbacks 
2005   29    4  .343  .449  .792  .520   5.21  .291  18   82    5  152  Blue Jays    
CAR        -22  .327  .448  .775  .474   4.89  .288  83  391   15  729 
LG AVG       0  .335  .429  .764  .500   5.03  .267  87  360   45 
POS AVG     17  .339  .446  .785  .518   5.27  .265 107  403   23 

WALKER
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 33    1   4.36   38  20  140.1   80  5.13 12.76  10   5   1   8   7  Mets/Blue Jays
2003 34   -1   4.88   23   7   55.1   29  4.72 13.83   2   2   0   2   2  Blue Jays    
2005 36    8   3.54   41   4   84     43  4.61 12.43   6   6   2   7   5  Blue Jays    
CAREER     2   4.39  121  31  309.1  164  4.77 13.15  19  13   3  17  15 
LG AVG     0   4.43           309.1  215  6.25 12.78  17  17 

2) The Rockies signed free agent P Josh Fogg to a 1 year, $450,000 contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26  -16   5.26   26  26  142     71  4.50 13.63  10   9   0   8  11  Pirates      
2004 27  -10   4.64   32  32  178.1   82  4.14 13.47  11  10   0   9  12  Pirates      
2005 28  -14   5.05   34  28  169.1   85  4.52 13.55   6  11   0   7  10  Pirates      
CAREER   -36   4.74  136 119  697.1  368  4.75 13.25  39  42   0  36  45 
LG AVG     0   4.24           697.1  518  6.68 12.77  39  39 

3) The Rockies re-signed P Chris Speier to a minor league contract and signed 2B Bo Hart and OFs Peter Zoccolillo and Barry Wesson to minor league contracts.

They had just released Speier the day before. He is expected to miss the entire 2006 season, due to a shoulder surgery.

HART
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   -4  .317  .395  .713  .450   4.44  .277   4   28    3   77  Cardinals    
2004   27   -2  .214  .154  .368  .000   0.00  .154   0    2    0   11  Cardinals    
CAR         -6  .313  .385  .698  .428   4.23  .272   4   30    3   88 
LG AVG       0  .341  .431  .772  .500   5.16  .269  10   41    5 
POS AVG     -4  .337  .400  .737  .459   4.73  .272   6   31    5 

ZOCCOLILLO
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   -6  .154  .135  .289  .030   0.79  .108   0    3    0   20  Brewers      
CAR         -6  .154  .135  .289  .030   0.79  .108   0    3    0   20 
LG AVG       0  .341  .431  .771  .500   5.15  .269   1    6    1 
POS AVG      1  .354  .465  .819  .554   5.82  .277   2    7    1 

WESSON
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   25   -2  .238  .300  .538  .092   1.50  .200   0    1    0   15  Astros       
2003   26   -1  .182  .455  .636  .311   3.00  .182   1    3    1   10  Angels       
CAR         -3  .219  .355  .574  .156   2.00  .194   1    4    1   25 
LG AVG       0  .338  .425  .763  .500   5.02  .266   1    5    1 
POS AVG      0  .340  .440  .780  .528   5.33  .273   1    4    1 

4) The Reds signed free agent OF Timo Perez to a minor league contract.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   28  -15  .301  .364  .665  .354   3.66  .269   4   42    5  127  Mets         
2004   29  -22  .285  .338  .623  .248   3.01  .246   5   40    3  103  White Sox    
2005   30  -14  .266  .296  .562  .221   2.52  .218   2   15    2   76  White Sox    
CAR        -62  .302  .374  .676  .362   3.71  .263  25  169   22  551 
LG AVG       0  .339  .431  .770  .500   5.12  .268  52  214   27 
POS AVG     24  .348  .455  .803  .543   5.65  .274  61  229   34 

5) The Nationals signed Ps Mike Bacsik and Jim Crowell to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training, and signed 3B Brandon Larson and SS Anthony Medrando and Rayne Bautista to minor league contracts.

BACSIK
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 24   -3   4.37   11   9   55.2   30  4.85 13.90   3   2   0   2   3  Mets         
2003 25  -12  10.19    5   3   17.2   12  6.11 18.34   1   2   0   1   2  Mets         
2004 26    1   4.60    3   3   15.2    6  3.45 10.91   1   1   0   1   1  Rangers      
CAREER   -18   5.88   22  15   98     52  4.78 14.51   5   5   0   4   6 
LG AVG     0   4.26            98     73  6.66 12.79   6   5 

CROWELL
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1997 23   -4   9.95    2   1    6.1    3  4.26 24.16   0   1   0   0   1  Reds         
2004 30    0   3.00    4   0    3      1  3.00 18.00   0   0   0   0   0  Phillies     
2005 31   -7  21.60    4   0    3.1    2  5.40 32.40   0   0   0   0   0  Marlins      
CAREER   -11  11.37   10   1   12.2    6  4.26 24.87   0   1   0   0   1 
LG AVG     0   4.24            12.2   10  6.77 12.79   1   1 

LARSON
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   26    2  .362  .549  .911  .621   7.11  .275   4   13    1   23  Reds         
2003   27  -13  .212  .146  .358  .043   0.94  .101   1    9    2   32  Reds         
2004   28   -4  .304  .339  .643  .371   3.66  .212   3   14    1   40  Reds         
CAR        -20  .271  .299  .570  .265   2.92  .179   8   37    4  109 
LG AVG       0  .341  .433  .774  .500   5.19  .269  11   43    5 
POS AVG      0  .338  .441  .780  .501   5.21  .268  12   47    4 

6) Today’s birthdays–

JIM BARR, AGE: 58
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1974 26   33   2.74   44  27  239.2   84  3.15 10.21  13   9   2  15   7  Giants       
1975 27   17   3.06   35  33  244     77  2.84 11.25  13  14   0  16  11  Giants       
1976 28   21   2.89   37  37  252.1   75  2.68 11.48  15  12   0  16  11  Giants       
CAREER    41   3.56  454 252 2065.1  741  3.23 11.63 101 112  12 114  99 
LG AVG     0   3.70          2065.1 1185  5.16 12.26 115 115 

LANCE BERKMAN, AGE: 30
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   25   72  .430  .620 1.051  .753  10.30  .331  34  126    7  156  Astros       
2002   26   55  .405  .578  .982  .719   8.75  .292  42  128    8  158  Astros       
2003   27   40  .412  .515  .927  .678   8.03  .288  25   93    5  153  Astros       
2004   28   69  .450  .566 1.016  .762   9.98  .316  30  106    9  160  Astros       
2005   29   35  .411  .524  .934  .690   7.67  .293  24   82    4  132  Astros       
CAR        289  .416  .557  .973  .708   8.74  .302 180  617   44  907 
LG AVG       0  .342  .434  .775  .500   5.22  .269  99  400   51 
POS AVG     73  .358  .472  .830  .567   6.09  .276 126  454   57 

ALBERTO CASTILLO, AGE: 36
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   33   -1  .200  .467  .667  .181   2.25  .200   1    4    0   11  Giants       
2004   34   -1  .365  .371  .736  .471   4.63  .270   1   11    0   29  Royals       
2005   35   -6  .289  .307  .596  .282   2.89  .208   1   14    1   35  Royals/A's
CAR        -75  .295  .296  .591  .247   2.91  .222  11   98    3  407 
LG AVG       0  .342  .434  .777  .500   5.26  .272  35  149   21 
POS AVG    -24  .325  .408  .733  .422   4.49  .260  32  139    6 

LENNY DYKSTRA, AGE: 43
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1986   23   29  .377  .445  .822  .693   6.67  .295   8   45   31  147  Mets         
1990   27   51  .418  .441  .859  .726   7.91  .325   9   60   33  149  Phillies     
1993   30   57  .420  .482  .902  .714   8.19  .305  19   66   37  161  Phillies     
CAR        223  .375  .419  .793  .639   6.28  .285  81  404  285 1278 
LG AVG       0  .331  .399  .730  .500   4.63  .264 108  528  115 
POS AVG     18  .335  .394  .729  .507   4.77  .268  89  446  236 

CESAR IZTURIS, AGE: 26
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23  -31  .282  .315  .597  .288   2.94  .251   1   40   10  158  Dodgers      
2004   24   -8  .330  .381  .710  .462   4.63  .288   4   62   25  159  Dodgers      
2005   25  -23  .302  .322  .624  .301   3.05  .257   2   31    8  106  Dodgers      
CAR       -100  .295  .338  .633  .336   3.36  .261  10  173   58  604 
LG AVG       0  .340  .430  .770  .500   5.13  .268  73  301   38 
POS AVG    -59  .318  .387  .705  .413   4.25  .264  40  232   54 

LARRY MCWILLIAMS, AGE: 52
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1980 26  -23   4.95   30  30  163.2   77  4.23 12.87   9  14   0   8  15  Braves       
1985 31  -13   4.70   30  19  126.1   52  3.70 14.82   7   9   0   6  10  Pirates      
1986 32  -19   5.15   49  15  122.1   80  5.89 13.61   3  11   0   5   9  Pirates      
CAREER   -43   3.99  370 224 1558.1  940  5.43 12.37  78  90   3  80  88 
LG AVG     0   3.61          1558.1  951  5.49 11.99  87  87 

BILLY O'DELL, AGE: 74
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1959 27   17   2.94   38  24  199     88  3.98 10.45  10  12   1  13   9  Orioles      
1962 30   13   3.52   43  39  281    195  6.25 11.37  19  14   0  18  15  Giants       
1965 33   18   2.19   62   1  111     78  6.32  9.65  10   6  18  12   4  Braves       
CAREER    51   3.30  479 199 1815.2 1133  5.62 11.38 105 100  48 110  95 
LG AVG     0   3.71          1815.2 1095  5.43 12.05 101 101 

HERB PENNOCK, 1894-1948
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1924 30   40   2.83   40  34  286    101  3.18 11.55  21   9   3  20  10  Yankees      
1925 31   37   2.96   47  31  277     88  2.86 11.05  16  17   2  22  11  Yankees      
1928 34   25   2.56   28  24  211     53  2.26 10.88  17   6   3  15   8  Yankees      
CAREER    74   3.61  617 421 3557.2 1227  3.10 12.27 240 162  32 212 190 
LG AVG     0   3.97          3557.2 1220  3.09 13.16 198 198 

ALLIE REYNOLDS, 1915-94
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1950 35   18   3.73   35  29  241    160  5.98 13.48  16  12   2  16  12  Yankees      
1951 36   14   3.05   40  26  221    126  5.13 11.24  17   8   7  14  11  Yankees      
1952 37   39   2.07   35  29  244    160  5.90 10.99  20   8   6  20   8  Yankees      
CAREER    86   3.30  434 309 2492   1423  5.14 12.68 182 107  49 154 135 
LG AVG     0   3.84          2492   1043  3.77 12.91 138 138 

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