Around the Majors: Cubs-Orioles trade

Today in Hardball Times–

THT Interview: Jim Bouton
by Steve Treder
In a THT exclusive, Steve has a long chat with the pitcher, author and enterprising businessman, and “Bulldog” shares his perspectives on steroids, stadiums, knuckleballs, U.S. foreign policy and, most controversially, chocolate chip cookies.
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/the-tht-interview-jim-bouton/

Understanding Defensive Ratings
by David Gassko
David makes it easier to do, with a little help from his friends batting average and Manny Ramirez. (Hint: Manny stinks.)
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/understanding-defensive-ratings/

Daily Graphing: Jeff Weaver
by David Appelman
David takes a look at Jeff Weaver’s minuscule walk rate and why it didn’t bring him as much success as it could have.
http://www.hardballtimes.com/daily/article/daily-graphing-jeff-weaver/

1) The Cubs traded CF Corey Patterson to the Orioles for minor leaguers SS Nate Spears and P Carlos Perez.

PATTERSON
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23    8  .329  .511  .839  .576   6.00  .298  13   55   16   83  Cubs         
2004   24   -8  .320  .452  .771  .463   5.12  .266  24   72   32  157  Cubs         
2005   25  -31  .254  .348  .602  .256   2.85  .215  13   34   15  126  Cubs         
CAR        -60  .293  .414  .707  .408   4.23  .252  70  231   86  589 
LG AVG       0  .340  .431  .771  .500   5.15  .268  71  288   37 
POS AVG     -2  .336  .429  .765  .497   5.11  .268  70  262   72 

Patterson ranks 2nd in Cubs history for worst OBA and 8th for worst OPS vs. the league average (min: 2000 PA)–

OBA                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Eddie Miksis              -.048     .291     .339   
2    Corey Patterson           -.047     .293     .340   
3    Lennie Merullo            -.047     .291     .337   
4    Roy Smalley               -.045     .299     .343   
5    Jimmy Archer              -.040     .293     .333   
6    Shawon Dunston            -.037     .295     .331   
7    Clyde McCullough          -.032     .306     .338   
8    Charlie Deal              -.032     .294     .326   
9    Randy Hundley             -.029     .296     .324   
10   Don Johnson               -.026     .315     .341   

OPS                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Eddie Miksis              -.128     .625     .753   
2    Lennie Merullo            -.118     .591     .710   
3    Billy Jurges              -.083     .653     .736   
4    Roy Smalley               -.083     .669     .751   
5    Don Kessinger             -.083     .629     .711   
6    Don Johnson               -.069     .653     .722   
7    Clyde McCullough          -.067     .655     .722   
8    Corey Patterson           -.065     .707     .771   
9    Charlie Deal              -.060     .626     .686   
10   Manny Trillo              -.059     .663     .722   

2) Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to be ready for spring training.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   24   24  .352  .443  .794  .609   6.36  .292  15   61   25  156  Braves       
2004   25    1  .344  .414  .758  .507   5.32  .279  14   59   29  143  Braves       
2005   26    5  .348  .429  .777  .526   5.61  .284  12   58   46  154  Braves       
CAR         15  .348  .409  .756  .512   5.38  .284  57  292  189  817 
LG AVG       0  .342  .433  .774  .500   5.20  .269 105  426   54 
POS AVG    -93  .318  .384  .702  .401   4.21  .262  57  322   75 

3) The Mariners signed 2B Fernando Vina and P Kevin Appier to minor league contracts.

VINA
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   33  -14  .333  .338  .670  .419   3.96  .270   1   54   17  150  Cardinals    
2003   34   -8  .309  .382  .691  .394   3.91  .251   4   23    4   61  Cardinals    
2004   35   -9  .308  .270  .577  .219   2.48  .226   0    7    2   29  Tigers       
CAR        -56  .348  .379  .728  .452   4.79  .282  40  343  116 1148 
LG AVG       0  .343  .434  .777  .500   5.25  .271 137  571   78 
POS AVG    -48  .341  .400  .741  .459   4.87  .274  82  446  108 

APPIER
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 34    8   3.92   32  32  188.1  132  6.31 12.52  14  12   0  14  12  Angels       
2003 35  -13   5.40   23  23  111.2   55  4.43 13.78   8   9   0   7  10  Angels/Royals
2004 36   -4  13.50    2   2    4      2  4.50 22.50   0   1   0   0   1  Royals       
CAREER   225   3.74  414 402 2595.1 1994  6.91 11.92 169 137   0 176 130 
LG AVG     0   4.50          2595.1 1757  6.09 13.13 145 146 

4) The A’s re-signed LF Bobby Kielty to a 1 year, $1.85 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   -1  .358  .400  .758  .490   5.07  .244  13   57    8  137  Twins/Blue Jays
2004   27   -8  .321  .370  .691  .387   4.04  .214   7   31    1   83  A's          
2005   28   -5  .350  .395  .746  .460   4.62  .263  10   57    3  116  A's          
CAR          5  .355  .410  .765  .510   5.18  .254  44  205   19  485 
LG AVG       0  .333  .428  .762  .500   4.99  .268  46  195   24 
POS AVG     10  .339  .442  .781  .521   5.26  .273  50  202   28 

5) The Nationals signed free agent RF Michael Tucker (1 year, $2.2 million) and re-signed P Luis Ayala (2 years, $2.2 million), to avoid salary arbitration.

TUCKER
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32  -13  .331  .440  .771  .400   4.57  .262  13   55    8  104  Royals       
2004   33   -1  .353  .412  .765  .494   5.36  .256  13   62    5  140  Giants       
2005   34   -9  .318  .362  .680  .382   3.86  .239   5   36    4  126  Giants/Phillies
CAR        -47  .339  .425  .763  .461   5.00  .257 124  522  112 1382 
LG AVG       0  .341  .433  .774  .500   5.21  .270 134  558   77 
POS AVG     60  .350  .461  .811  .538   5.74  .275 162  617   90 

AYALA
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   17   2.92   65   0   71     46  5.83 10.52  10   3   5  10   3  Expos        
2004 26   14   2.69   81   0   90.1   63  6.28 11.16   6  12   2  12   6  Expos        
2005 27   10   2.66   68   0   71     40  5.07 12.04   8   7   1  10   5  Nationals    
CAREER    41   2.75  214   0  232.1  149  5.77 11.23  24  22   8  32  14 
LG AVG     0   4.28           232.1  172  6.66 12.80  13  13 

6) The Brewers designated 3B Russell Branyan for assignment.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   -1  .322  .438  .759  .489   5.01  .216   9   26    0   74  Reds         
2004   28    3  .324  .525  .849  .557   6.10  .234  11   27    1   51  Brewers      
2005   29    9  .378  .490  .868  .623   6.66  .257  12   31    1   85  Brewers      
CAR         13  .327  .480  .807  .525   5.56  .232  93  238    7  536 
LG AVG       0  .339  .431  .770  .500   5.13  .269  48  200   26 
POS AVG      6  .341  .442  .783  .510   5.30  .268  54  216   18 

7) The Indians signed free agent OF Todd Hollandsworth to a minor league contract.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   30   -2  .317  .421  .739  .472   4.53  .254   3   20    2   93  Marlins      
2004   31   10  .392  .547  .939  .672   8.23  .318   8   22    1   57  Cubs         
2005   32  -14  .298  .373  .671  .340   3.57  .244   6   36    4  131  Cubs/Braves
CAR         -3  .332  .440  .772  .492   5.21  .275  91  366   75 1028 
LG AVG       0  .342  .431  .773  .500   5.20  .270  93  392   59 
POS AVG     41  .351  .451  .802  .538   5.72  .270 112  420   73 

8) The White Sox signed Ps Javier Lopez and Stephen Randolph to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

LOPEZ
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25    7   3.70   75   0   58.1   40  6.17 11.42   4   1   1   3   2  Rockies      
2004 26  -11   7.52   64   0   40.2   20  4.43 16.38   1   2   0   1   2  Rockies      
2005 27  -12  11.02   32   0   16.1   12  6.61 20.94   1   1   2   0   2  Rockies/Diamondbacks
CAREER   -16   6.09  171   0  115.1   72  5.62 14.51   6   4   3   4   6 
LG AVG     0   4.29           115.1   85  6.67 12.81   6   6 

RANDOLPH
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 29    5   4.05   50   0   60     50  7.50 14.25   8   1   0   5   4  Diamondbacks 
2004 30  -10   5.51   45   6   81.2   62  6.83 16.53   2   5   0   3   4  Diamondbacks 
CAREER    -5   4.89   95   6  141.2  112  7.12 15.56  10   6   0   8   8 
LG AVG     0   4.30           141.2  105  6.70 12.83   8   8 

9) The Twins signed P Darrell May to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   32   3.77   35  32  210    115  4.93 10.80  10   8   0  12   6  Royals       
2004 32  -25   5.61   31  31  186    120  5.81 14.08   9  19   0  11  17  Royals       
2005 33  -22   6.78   24   9   66.1   35  4.75 14.92   1   4   0   1   4  Padres/Yankees
CAREER   -28   5.16  161  97  660.2  414  5.64 13.13  26  43   0  32  37 
LG AVG     0   4.52           660.2  464  6.31 12.96  37  37 

10) The Astros signed C-1B Alan Zinter and P Carlos Hernandez to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

ZINTER
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   34   -5  .136  .318  .455  .084   1.42  .136   2    3    0   39  Astros       
2004   36   -2  .300  .353  .653  .349   3.86  .206   1    6    0   28  Diamondbacks 
CAR         -7  .214  .333  .548  .195   2.45  .167   3    9    0   67 
LG AVG       0  .340  .429  .769  .500   5.12  .267   3   11    1 
POS AVG      2  .360  .466  .825  .573   5.99  .274   4   13    1 

HERNANDEZ
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2001 21    7   1.02    3   3   17.2   17  8.66  9.17   1   0   0   1   0  Astros       
2002 22   -1   4.38   23  21  111     93  7.54 14.27   7   5   0   6   6  Astros       
2004 24  -10   6.43    9   9   42     26  5.57 16.71   1   3   0   1   3  Astros       
CAREER    -4   4.54   35  33  170.2  136  7.17 14.34   9   8   0   8   9 
LG AVG     0   4.19           170.2  129  6.78 12.71  10  10 

11) The Rockies signed free agent LF Eli Marrero 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   29   -6  .267  .355  .622  .302   3.14  .224   2   20    0   41  Cardinals    
2004   30   14  .374  .520  .894  .647   7.31  .320  10   40    4   90  Braves       
2005   31   -7  .239  .413  .652  .315   3.10  .181   7   19    1   54  Royals/Orioles
CAR        -48  .302  .410  .712  .409   4.25  .245  60  246   51  669 
LG AVG       0  .342  .433  .775  .500   5.22  .270  61  254   35 
POS AVG     -4  .340  .433  .773  .490   5.14  .265  67  260   23 

12) On Sunday, Paul Lindblad died at the age of 64.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1974 32   17   2.05   45   2  101     46  4.10 10.43   4   4   6   6   2  A's          
1975 33   10   2.73   68   0  122     58  4.28 10.92   9   1   7   6   4  A's          
CAREER    14   3.29  655  32 1213.2  671  4.98 11.62  68  63  64  68  63 
LG AVG     0   3.55          1213.2  720  5.34 11.92  68  68 

13) Today’s birthdays–

RICK BAUER, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26   -2   4.55   35   0   61.1   43  6.31 12.62   0   0   0   0   0  Orioles      
2004 27    1   4.70   23   2   53.2   37  6.20 12.24   2   1   0   2   1  Orioles      
2005 28   -5   9.72    5   0    8.1    5  5.40 18.36   0   0   0   0   0  Orioles      
CAREER    -4   4.58  125   9  240    146  5.48 12.94   8  13   1  11  10 
LG AVG     0   4.52           240    168  6.29 12.92  13  13 

RICH DOTSON, AGE: 47
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1986 27  -28   5.48   34  34  197    110  5.03 13.57  10  17   0  10  17  White Sox    
1988 29  -22   5.00   32  29  171     77  4.05 13.37  12   9   0   8  13  Yankees      
1990 31  -15   8.48    8   7   28.2    9  2.83 17.90   0   4   0   1   3  Royals       
CAREER   -17   4.23  305 295 1857.1  973  4.71 12.91 111 113   0 110 114 
LG AVG     0   4.07          1857.1 1074  5.21 12.53 104 104 

ADAM KENNEDY, AGE: 30
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27    4  .344  .399  .743  .527   4.92  .269  13   49   22  143  Angels       
2004   28   -1  .351  .406  .757  .493   5.04  .278  10   48   15  144  Angels       
2005   29    5  .354  .370  .724  .537   5.08  .300   2   37   19  129  Angels       
CAR        -29  .332  .401  .733  .467   4.75  .281  48  314  107  886 
LG AVG       0  .338  .432  .770  .500   5.13  .270  97  406   51 
POS AVG    -51  .329  .397  .726  .441   4.57  .267  62  327   77 

WILLIE MCCOVEY, AGE: 68
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1963   25   49  .350  .566  .915  .743   7.09  .280  44  102    1  152  Giants       
1965   27   41  .381  .539  .920  .691   7.48  .276  39   92    0  160  Giants       
1966   28   59  .391  .586  .977  .781   8.61  .295  36   96    2  150  Giants       
1967   29   40  .378  .535  .913  .733   7.24  .276  31   91    3  135  Giants       
1968   30   57  .378  .545  .923  .792   7.55  .293  36  105    4  148  Giants       
1969   31   91  .453  .656 1.108  .847  11.43  .320  45  126    0  149  Giants       
1970   32   74  .444  .612 1.056  .798  10.13  .289  39  126    0  152  Giants       
1973   35   43  .420  .546  .966  .747   8.66  .266  29   75    1  130  Giants       
CAR        606  .374  .515  .889  .698   6.97  .270 521 1555   26 2588 
LG AVG       0  .328  .390  .718  .500   4.44  .262 187  922  133 
POS AVG    137  .338  .431  .769  .551   5.05  .268 281 1176   78 

DEL PRATT, 1888-1977
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1912   24   14  .348  .426  .774  .583   5.83  .302   5   69   24  151  Browns       
1913   25   16  .341  .402  .743  .600   5.08  .296   2   87   37  155  Browns       
1914   26   15  .341  .411  .752  .600   4.42  .283   5   65   37  158  Browns       
CAR         85  .345  .403  .748  .541   4.92  .292  43  966  246 1835 
LG AVG       0  .344  .367  .710  .500   4.60  .274  44  750  210 
POS AVG    -72  .341  .345  .686  .464   4.24  .268  27  686  230 

ERVIN SANTANA, AGE: 23
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 22   -7   4.65   23  23  133.2   99  6.67 13.06  12   8   0   9  11  Angels       
CAREER    -7   4.65   23  23  133.2   99  6.67 13.06  12   8   0   9  11 
LG AVG     0   4.36           133.2   92  6.16 12.63   8   7 

CHICK STAHL, 1873-1907
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1897   24   32  .406  .499  .905  .658   9.37  .354   4   97   18  114  Braves       
1899   26   62  .426  .493  .919  .731  10.25  .351   7   52   33  148  Braves       
1904   31   34  .366  .416  .782  .683   6.15  .290   3   67   11  157  Red Sox      
CAR        194  .369  .416  .785  .612   6.66  .305  36  622  189 1304 
LG AVG       0  .332  .360  .693  .500   5.08  .274  26  571  195 
POS AVG     83  .349  .373  .722  .556   5.69  .287  26  526  258 

GEORGE STRICKLAND, AGE: 80
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1951   25  -26  .318  .333  .651  .323   3.76  .216   9   47    4  138  Pirates      
1952   26  -20  .270  .288  .557  .273   2.70  .188   6   30    4  107  Pirates/Indians
1955   29  -27  .302  .273  .575  .253   2.78  .209   2   34    1  130  Indians      
CAR       -122  .313  .311  .624  .345   3.42  .224  36  284   12  971 
LG AVG       0  .341  .397  .738  .500   4.79  .265  73  372   29 
POS AVG    -66  .325  .355  .680  .418   4.04  .256  43  294   28 

BILL SWIFT, 1908-69
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1935 27   36   2.69   39  21  204     74  3.26 10.19  15   8   1  16   7  Pirates      
CAREER    51   3.58  336 163 1637.1  636  3.50 11.37  95  82  20  95  82 
LG AVG     0   3.85          1637.1  607  3.34 12.59  91  91 

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