Around the Majors: Cardinals sign Looper

1) The Cardinals signed free agent P Braden Looper to a 3 year, $13.5 million contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 28    3   3.68   74   0   80.2   56  6.25 12.50   6   4  28   5   5  Marlins      
2004 29   15   2.70   71   0   83.1   60  6.48 11.34   2   5  29   5   2  Mets         
2005 30    1   3.94   60   0   59.1   27  4.10 13.96   4   7  28   6   5  Mets         
CAREER    37   3.57  503   0  534    333  5.61 12.67  25  29 103  29  25 
LG AVG     0   4.35           534    400  6.74 12.92  30  30 

2) The Nationals re-signed manager Frank Robinson to a 1 year contract.

3) The Twins signed 3B Tony Batista to a 1 year, $1.25 million contract.

Batista took his outstanding outmaking talent to Japan in 2005.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   28   -3  .309  .457  .766  .484   4.65  .244  31   87    5  161  Orioles      
2003   29  -29  .270  .393  .663  .328   3.22  .235  26   99    4  161  Orioles      
2004   30  -20  .272  .455  .728  .388   3.88  .241  32  110   14  157  Expos        
CAR        -81  .298  .458  .756  .434   4.48  .251 214  681   47 1179 
LG AVG       0  .340  .434  .774  .500   5.20  .270 143  600   78 
POS AVG    -43  .331  .424  .755  .465   4.87  .266 136  588   62 

4) The Pirates designated minor league P Matt Peterson for assignment.

5) Phillies OF Jason Michaels was placed in a first time offender program for his assault charges from an incident outside a nightclub in July. Assuming that he completes the program, the record will be expunged.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   11  .416  .569  .985  .749   8.88  .330   5   17    0   76  Phillies     
2004   28    3  .364  .415  .779  .531   5.64  .274  10   40    2  115  Phillies     
2005   29    8  .399  .415  .814  .576   6.46  .304   4   31    3  105  Phillies     
CAR         25  .380  .442  .822  .590   6.35  .291  21  100    6  383 
LG AVG       0  .340  .431  .771  .500   5.15  .269  25  101   13 
POS AVG      2  .340  .434  .775  .507   5.24  .268  26   96   22 

6) Today’s birthdays–

MIKE FLANAGAN, AGE: 54
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1978 26  -20   4.03   40  40  281.1  167  5.34 11.55  19  15   0  14  20  Orioles      
1985 33  -10   5.13   15  15   86     42  4.40 13.71   4   5   0   4   5  Orioles      
1992 40  -16   8.05   42   0   34.2   17  4.41 20.25   0   0   0   0   0  Orioles      
CAREER    -9   3.90  526 404 2770   1491  4.84 12.14 167 143   4 155 155 
LG AVG     0   4.02          2770   1554  5.05 12.52 155 155 

CHARLES GIPSON, AGE: 33
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   30   -1  .273  .200  .473  .256   2.70  .200   0    2    2   18  Yankees      
2004   31    0  .500  .500 1.000  .746   9.00  .500   0    0    1    5  Devil Rays   
2005   32   -1  .250  .273  .523  .192   2.25  .182   0    1    1   19  Astros       
CAR        -19  .311  .327  .638  .299   3.15  .237   0   30   16  373 
LG AVG       0  .340  .433  .772  .500   5.17  .270  12   49    7 
POS AVG      0  .340  .430  .771  .493   5.15  .269  11   48    7 

MATT KINNEY, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26  -17   5.19   33  31  190.2  152  7.17 13.55  10  13   0  10  13  Brewers      
2004 27  -14   6.06   43   6   78.2   73  8.35 15.79   3   5   0   3   5  Brewers/Royals
2005 28   -2   6.00    5   1   12      3  2.25 18.75   2   0   0   1   1  Giants       
CAREER   -34   5.29  103  58  389.2  297  6.86 14.50  19  27   0  20  26 
LG AVG     0   4.40           389.2  283  6.54 12.93  22  22 

BILLY RIPKEN, AGE: 41
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1988   23  -33  .260  .258  .518  .218   2.13  .207   2   34    8  150  Orioles      
1991   26  -23  .253  .261  .515  .166   1.81  .216   0   14    0  104  Orioles      
1992   27  -19  .275  .312  .587  .267   2.52  .230   4   36    2  111  Orioles      
CAR       -119  .294  .318  .612  .321   3.03  .247  20  229   25  912 
LG AVG       0  .331  .401  .732  .500   4.60  .263  75  357   57 
POS AVG    -38  .328  .363  .691  .446   4.15  .264  37  287   75 

SAMMY STRANG, 1876-1932
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1902   25   22  .387  .364  .751  .615   6.70  .296   3   46   39  140  Cubs/White Sox
1906   29   41  .423  .435  .857  .807   8.98  .319   4   49   21  113  Giants       
1907   30   25  .388  .382  .770  .715   7.25  .252   4   30   21  123  Giants       
CAR        115  .377  .343  .720  .618   6.15  .269  16  253  216  903 
LG AVG       0  .331  .353  .683  .500   4.96  .270  15  323  120 
POS AVG    -17  .329  .346  .675  .489   4.76  .267  14  302  119 

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