Around the Majors: Dodgers sign Furcal

1) According to the LA Times, the Dodgers have agreed to terms with free agent SS Rafael Furcal on a 3 year, $40 million contract.

2) The Mets are reportedly close to trading for Marlins C Paul Lo Duca.

3) Today’s birthdays–

JESSE BURKETT, 1868-1953
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1893   24   67  .459  .491  .951  .729  12.88  .348   6   82   39  125  Spiders      
1895   26   90  .486  .524 1.009  .798  13.63  .409   5   83   41  131  Spiders      
1896   27   79  .461  .541 1.002  .758  12.96  .410   6   72   34  133  Spiders      
1897   28   52  .468  .476  .944  .708  11.14  .383   2   60   28  127  Spiders      
1898   29   45  .415  .399  .814  .706   7.58  .341   0   42   19  150  Spiders      
1899   30   68  .463  .500  .963  .751  11.53  .396   7   71   25  141  Cardinals    
1900   31   60  .429  .474  .904  .750   9.50  .363   7   68   32  141  Cardinals    
1901   32   89  .440  .509  .949  .818  11.07  .376  10   75   27  142  Cardinals    
CAR        713  .415  .447  .862  .698   9.04  .338  75  952  389 2067 
LG AVG       0  .342  .371  .713  .500   5.73  .278  51  989  355 
POS AVG    268  .368  .404  .773  .594   6.98  .298  63 1023  431 

GUSTAVO CHACIN, AGE: 25
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 23    4   2.57    2   2   14      6  3.86  7.71   1   1   0   2   0  Blue Jays    
2005 24   16   3.72   34  34  203    121  5.36 12.90  13   9   0  13   9  Blue Jays    
CAREER    20   3.65   36  36  217    127  5.27 12.57  14  10   0  15   9 
LG AVG     0   4.38           217    149  6.18 12.66  12  12 

SHANO COLLINS, 1885-1955
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1921   35  -18  .314  .406  .720  .396   4.32  .286   4   65   15  141  Red Sox      
1922   36  -27  .289  .358  .647  .305   3.28  .271   1   52    7  135  Red Sox      
1923   37  -32  .265  .289  .555  .186   2.41  .231   0   18    7   97  Red Sox      
CAR       -132  .306  .364  .671  .428   3.80  .264  22  705  225 1799 
LG AVG       0  .343  .365  .707  .500   4.60  .273  42  729  219 
POS AVG    100  .352  .391  .744  .551   5.11  .283  57  772  242 

TADAHITO IGUCHI, AGE: 31
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2005   30   -1  .342  .438  .780  .496   4.98  .278  15   71   15  135  White Sox    
CAR         -1  .342  .438  .780  .496   4.98  .278  15   71   15  135 
LG AVG       0  .331  .425  .756  .500   4.89  .268  16   69    8 
POS AVG     -4  .324  .412  .735  .477   4.63  .268  13   63   11 

HARVEY KUENN, 1930-88
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1956   25   34  .387  .470  .857  .656   7.02  .332  12   88    9  146  Tigers       
1959   28   43  .402  .501  .903  .693   8.29  .353   9   71    7  139  Tigers       
1960   29   17  .379  .416  .795  .608   5.95  .308   9   54    3  126  Indians      
CAR        111  .357  .408  .765  .547   5.30  .303  87  671   68 1833 
LG AVG       0  .336  .399  .735  .500   4.68  .265 166  805   69 
POS AVG    -53  .331  .381  .712  .467   4.41  .262 137  724   79 

BOB SHAWKEY, 1890-1980
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1916 25   21   2.21   53  27  276.2  122  3.97  9.47  24  14   8  24  14  Yankees      
1920 29   39   2.46   38  31  267    126  4.25 11.19  20  13   2  23  10  Yankees      
1922 31   35   2.91   39  33  300    130  3.90 11.52  20  12   1  20  12  Yankees      
CAREER   149   3.09  488 333 2937   1360  4.17 11.61 196 150  28 196 150 
LG AVG     0   3.54          2937   1053  3.23 12.65 162 162 

LEE SMITH, AGE: 48
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1982 24   14   2.69   72   5  117     99  7.62 11.15   2   5  17   5   2  Cubs         
1983 25   24   1.65   66   0  103.1   91  7.93  9.75   4  10  29  11   3  Cubs         
1985 27   14   3.04   65   0   97.2  112 10.32 11.06   7   4  33   7   4  Cubs         
1988 30   14   2.80   64   0   83.2   96 10.33 11.83   4   5  29   6   3  Red Sox      
1990 32   19   2.06   64   0   83     87  9.43 10.84   5   5  31   7   3  Red Sox/Cardinals
CAREER   143   3.03 1022   6 1289.1 1251  8.73 11.37  71  92 478 101  62 
LG AVG     0   3.84          1289.1  819  5.72 12.27  72  72 

JEROME WILLIAMS, AGE: 24
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 21   14   3.30   21  21  131     88  6.05 11.82   7   5   0   7   5  Giants       
2004 22    3   4.24   22  22  129.1   80  5.57 12.80  10   7   0   9   8  Giants       
2005 23    0   4.26   22  20  122.2   70  5.14 13.06   6  10   0   9   7  Giants/Cubs
CAREER    17   3.92   65  63  383    238  5.59 12.55  23  22   0  25  20 
LG AVG     0   4.28           383    283  6.65 12.80  21  21 

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