Around the Majors: Free agents hit the open market

1) The free agents hit the open market today

Orioles–James Baldwin, rhp; Jason Grimsley, rhp; Eli Marrero, of; Rafael Palmeiro, 1b; B.J. Ryan, lhp; Sammy Sosa, of; B.J. Surhoff, of
Red Sox–Johnny Damon, of; Tony Graffanino, 2b; Matt Mantei, rhp; Kevin Millar; 1b; Bill Mueller, 3b; Mike Myers, lhp; John Olerud, 1b
Indians–Scott Elarton, rhp; Juan Gonzalez, of; Jose Hernandez, 1b; Bobby Howry, rhp; Kevin Millwood, rhp; Bob Wickman, rhp
White Sox– Geoff Blum, 3b; Raul Casanova, c; Carl Everett, dh; Paul Konerko, 1b; Frank Thomas, dh
Tigers– Jason Johnson, rhp; Bobby Higginson, of; Fernando Vina, 2b; Rondell White, of
Royals– Brian Anderson, lhp; Denny Hocking, of; Jose Lima, rhp; Joe McEwing, 3b; Scott Sullivan, rhp
Angels–Paul Byrd, rhp; Jason Christiansen, lhp; Lou Merloni, 3b; Bengie Molina, c; Tim Salmon, dh; Jarrod Washburn, lhp
Twins–Jacque Jones, of; Joe Mays, rhp; Terry Mulholland, lhp
Yankees–Kevin Brown, rhp; Alan Embree, lhp; John Flaherty, c; Tom Gordon, rhp; Matt Lawton, of; Al Leiter, lhp; Tino Martinez, 1b; Ramiro Mendoza, rhp; Felix Rodriguez, rhp; Rey Sanchez, ss; Ruben Sierra, dh; Tanyon Sturtze, rhp; Bernie Williams, of
A’s–Alberto Castillo, c; Octavio Dotel, rhp; Erubiel Durazo, dh; Scott Hatteberg, dh; Ricardo Rincon, lhp
Mariners–Shigetoshi Hasegawa, rhp; Dave Hansen, 1b; Jamie Moyer, lhp; Jeff Nelson, rhp; Pokey Reese, ss; Dan Wilson, c
Devil Rays–Roberto Alomar, 2b; Danny Bautista, of; Alex Gonzalez, 3b; Travis Lee, 1b; Eduardo A. Perez, 1b
Rangers–Sandy Alomar Jr., c; Doug Brocail, rhp; Greg Colbrunn, 1b; Richard Hidalgo, of; Steve Karsay, rhp; Kenny Rogers, lhp; John Wasdin, rhp
Diamondbacks–Royce Clayton, ss; Shawn Estes, lhp; Buddy Groom, lhp; Tim Worrell, rhp
Braves–Kyle Farnsworth rhp; Julio Franco, 1b; Rafael Furcal, ss; Todd Hollandsworth, of; Brian Jordan, of; Eduardo Perez, c; Jay Powell, rhp
Cubs–Jeromy Burnitz, of; Chad Fox, rhp; Nomar Garciaparra, ss
Reds–Rich Aurilia, 2b; Jacob Cruz, of; Luis Lopez, 3b
Rockies–Todd Greene, c; Byung-Hyun Kim, rhp; Dan Miceli, rhp; Jamey Wright, rhp
Marlins–Antonio Alfonseca, rhp; A.J. Burnett, rhp; Jeff Conine, of; Damion Easley, 2b; Juan Encarnacion, of; Alex Gonzalez, ss; Lenny Harris, ph; Todd Jones, rhp; Jim Mecir, rhp; Brian Moehler, rhp; Mike Mordecai, 3b; Paul Quantrill, rhp; Ismael Valdez, rhp
Astros–Brad Ausmus, c; Roger Clemens, rhp; Orlando Palmeiro, of; Russ Springer, rhp; Jose Vizcaino, 2b
Dodgers–Wilson Alvarez, lhp; Paul Bako, c; Elmer Dessens, rhp; Darren Dreifort, rhp; Olmedo Saenz, 1b; Jose Valentin, 3b; Jeff Weaver, rhp
Brewers–Jeff Cirillo, 3b; Rick Helling, rhp; Wes Helms, 3b
Mets–Marlon Anderson, 1b; Miguel Cairo, 2b; Mike DiFelice, c; Danny Graves, rhp; Roberto Hernandez, rhp; Braden Looper, rhp; Doug Mientkiewicz, 1b; Jose Offerman, 1b; Mike Piazza, c; Felix Heredia, lhp; Shingo Takatsu, rhp; Gerald Williams of
Phillies–Terry Adams, rhp; Kenny Lofton, of; Ramon E. Martinez, ss; Todd Pratt, c; Michael Tucker, of; Ugueth Urbina, rhp; Billy Wagner, lhp
Pirates–Brian Meadows, rhp; Jose Mesa, rhp; Daryle Ward, 1b; Rick White, rhp
Cardinals–Einar Diaz, c; Cal Eldred, rhp; Mark Grudzielanek, 2b; John Mabry, of; Matt Morris, rhp; Abraham Nunez, 3b; Al Reyes, rhp; Reggie Sanders, of; Julian Tavarez, rhp; Larry Walker, of
Padres–Pedro Astacio, rhp; Robert Fick, c; Brian Giles, of; Chris Hammond, lhp; Ramon J. Hernandez, c; Trevor Hoffman, rhp; Joe Randa, 3b; Rudy Seanez, rhp; Mark Sweeney, 1b; Eric Young, of
Giants–Scott Eyre, lhp; J.T. Snow, 1b; Brett Tomko, rhp
Nationals–Tony Armas Jr., rhp; Carlos Baerga, 3b; Gary Bennett, c; Hector Carrasco, rhp; Deivi Cruz, 2b; Joey Eischen, lhp; Jeffrey Hammonds, of; Esteban Loaiza, rhp; Preston Wilson, of

2) Devil Rays CF Rocco Baldelli’s new contract is worth a guaranteed $9 million a year for 3 years and could be $32 million over 6 years.

3) Diamondbacks P Javier Vazquez demanded a trade.

Players with 6+ years of service time who are traded in the middle of a multiyear contract have the right to demand a trade at the end of the subsequent season. If the player isn’t traded by March 15, he would become a free agent. However, no player has ever become a free agent under this rule. In every case, the player has either withdrawn the demand or was traded.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26   48   3.24   34  34  230.2  241  9.40 10.11  13  12   0  17   8  Expos        
2004 27  -10   4.91   32  32  198    150  6.82 12.09  14  10   0  11  13  Yankees      
2005 28    0   4.42   33  33  215.2  192  8.01 11.43  11  15   0  13  13  Diamondbacks 
CAREER    42   4.28  257 256 1643   1418  7.77 11.71  89  93   0  95  87 
LG AVG     0   4.38          1643   1225  6.71 12.92  92  92 

4) The Tigers sold INF John McDonald to the Blue Jays.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   28  -16  .258  .280  .538  .208   2.24  .215   1   14    3   82  Indians      
2004   29   -8  .237  .344  .581  .202   2.39  .204   2    7    0   66  Indians      
2005   30   -6  .326  .325  .651  .372   3.68  .277   0   16    6   68  Blue Jays/Tigers
CAR        -48  .281  .312  .593  .274   2.88  .241   4   49   12  353 
LG AVG       0  .334  .428  .762  .500   4.99  .267  27  112   13 
POS AVG    -12  .326  .398  .723  .452   4.51  .267  17   92   19 

5) According to the Palm Beach Post, the Orioles, Mariners and Mets are interested in Marlins 1B Carlos Delgado.

6) Today’s birthdays–

GEORGE CASE, 1915-89
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1942   26   26  .377  .407  .784  .655   6.57  .320   5   43   44  125  Senators     
1943   27   17  .341  .374  .715  .593   5.30  .294   1   52   61  141  Senators     
1945   29   14  .360  .357  .717  .599   4.85  .294   1   31   30  123  Senators     
CAR         16  .341  .358  .699  .509   4.81  .282  21  377  349 1226 
LG AVG       0  .346  .391  .737  .500   4.99  .272  82  623   65 
POS AVG    103  .360  .419  .779  .561   5.74  .285  97  649   99 

DAMION EASLEY, AGE: 36
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   33  -12  .202  .262  .464  .098   1.48  .187   1    7    0   36  Devil Rays   
2004   34    1  .331  .457  .788  .512   5.13  .238   9   43    4   98  Marlins      
2005   35   -3  .312  .419  .732  .457   4.35  .240   9   30    4  102  Marlins      
CAR        -80  .328  .403  .732  .442   4.55  .251 138  586  113 1427 
LG AVG       0  .341  .430  .771  .500   5.16  .271 157  674   93 
POS AVG    -56  .339  .400  .739  .459   4.79  .271 102  555  130 

NATE FIELD, AGE: 30
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27    2   4.15   19   0   21.2   19  7.89 14.12   1   1   0   1   1  Royals       
2004 28    1   4.26   43   0   44.1   30  6.09 12.38   2   3   3   3   2  Royals       
2005 29   -4   9.45    7   0    6.2    4  5.40 24.30   0   0   0   0   0  Royals       
CAREER    -3   4.98   74   0   77.2   56  6.49 14.37   3   4   3   4   3 
LG AVG     0   4.57            77.2   55  6.32 13.00   4   4 

JASON GRILLI, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2001 24   -6   6.08    6   5   26.2   17  5.74 14.51   2   2   0   1   3  Marlins      
2004 27  -12   7.40    8   8   45     26  5.20 15.00   2   3   0   2   3  White Sox    
2005 28    2   3.38    3   2   16      5  2.81 11.25   1   1   0   1   1  Tigers       
CAREER   -17   6.20   18  16   94.1   51  4.87 14.60   6   6   0   4   8 
LG AVG     0   4.51            94.1   69  6.57 12.95   5   5 

ROBERTO HERNANDEZ, AGE: 41
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 38   -1   4.35   66   0   60     45  6.75 16.05   5   3   0   4   4  Braves       
2004 39   -3   4.76   63   0   56.2   44  6.99 15.25   3   5   0   4   4  Phillies     
2005 40   12   2.58   67   0   69.2   61  7.88 11.24   8   6   4  10   4  Mets         
CAREER   125   3.33  892   3  961.1  866  8.11 12.34  64  65 324  83  46 
LG AVG     0   4.53           961.1  668  6.25 13.18  54  54 

RABBIT MARANVILLE, 1891-1954
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1930   38  -26  .344  .367  .711  .362   4.48  .281   2   43    9  142  Braves       
1932   40  -29  .295  .284  .579  .301   2.88  .235   0   37    4  149  Braves       
1933   41  -28  .274  .266  .539  .248   2.25  .218   0   38    2  143  Braves       
CAR       -280  .318  .340  .658  .401   3.76  .258  28  884  291 2670 
LG AVG       0  .340  .390  .731  .500   4.80  .282 119 1241  238 
POS AVG   -236  .323  .354  .677  .420   4.04  .268  62 1006  225 

REY ORDONEZ, AGE: 34
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1997   25  -36  .255  .256  .510  .141   1.92  .216   1   33   11  120  Mets         
1998   26  -38  .278  .299  .577  .218   2.53  .246   1   42    3  153  Mets         
1999   27  -31  .319  .317  .636  .292   3.31  .258   1   60    8  154  Mets         
CAR       -208  .289  .310  .600  .252   2.78  .246  12  287   28  973 
LG AVG       0  .342  .431  .773  .500   5.21  .270 106  444   69 
POS AVG   -100  .322  .375  .697  .393   4.15  .261  55  327   74 

CORY SNYDER, AGE: 43
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1987   24  -15  .273  .456  .729  .408   4.31  .236  33   82    5  157  Indians      
1989   26  -27  .251  .360  .611  .277   2.67  .215  18   59    6  132  Indians      
1990   27  -15  .268  .404  .672  .364   3.24  .233  14   55    1  123  Indians      
1991   28  -16  .216  .265  .481  .130   1.64  .175   3   17    0   71  White Sox/Blue Jays
CAR        -57  .291  .425  .716  .437   4.06  .247 149  488   28 1068 
LG AVG       0  .330  .401  .730  .500   4.58  .263  96  453   78 
POS AVG     29  .330  .430  .760  .521   4.86  .263 130  522   75 

PIE TRAYNOR, 1899-1972
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1923   23   32  .377  .489  .866  .648   6.88  .338  12  101   28  153  Pirates      
1927   27   16  .370  .455  .825  .586   6.00  .342   5  106   11  149  Pirates      
1930   30   26  .423  .509  .932  .625   8.23  .366   9  119    7  130  Pirates      
1932   32   16  .373  .433  .806  .594   6.15  .329   2   68    6  135  Pirates      
CAR         75  .362  .435  .797  .529   5.70  .320  58 1273  158 1941 
LG AVG       0  .350  .412  .762  .500   5.24  .292 106  957  111 
POS AVG   -136  .337  .386  .723  .440   4.61  .282  69  881  108 

HAL TROSKY, 1912-79
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1934   21   57  .388  .598  .987  .707   9.20  .330  35  142    2  154  Indians      
1936   23   46  .382  .644 1.026  .654   9.57  .343  42  162    6  151  Indians      
1938   25   43  .407  .542  .948  .680   8.90  .334  19  110    5  150  Indians      
1939   26   48  .405  .589  .994  .734   9.54  .335  25  104    2  122  Indians      
1940   27   46  .392  .529  .920  .716   8.21  .295  25   93    1  140  Indians      
CAR        277  .371  .522  .892  .636   7.43  .302 228 1012   28 1347 
LG AVG       0  .358  .415  .774  .500   5.60  .284  90  686   65 
POS AVG    186  .377  .479  .856  .595   6.95  .294 173  865   50 

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