Around the Majors: Mariners sign Meche

1) The Mariners re-signed P Gil Meche to a 1 year, $3.7 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 24   -4   4.59   32  32  186.1  130  6.28 12.22  15  13   0  14  14  Mariners     
2004 25  -11   5.01   23  23  127.2   99  6.98 13.46   7   7   0   6   8  Mariners     
2005 26  -12   5.09   29  26  143.1   83  5.21 14.25  10   8   0   8  10  Mariners     
CAREER   -17   4.70  115 111  628.2  419  6.00 13.16  44  36   0  39  41 
LG AVG     0   4.61           628.2  435  6.23 13.10  35  35 

2) The Royals re-signed 1B Ken Harvey to a minor league contract.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25  -23  .313  .408  .721  .349   4.06  .266  13   64    2  135  Royals       
2004   26   -1  .338  .421  .759  .489   4.82  .287  13   55    1  120  Royals       
2005   27   -2  .271  .356  .626  .306   3.09  .222   1    5    0   12  Royals       
CAR        -28  .322  .411  .733  .404   4.29  .274  27  126    3  271 
LG AVG       0  .336  .431  .767  .500   5.07  .269  32  134   16 
POS AVG     12  .350  .450  .800  .537   5.51  .266  40  155    6 

3) The A’s designated C John Baker for assignment.

4) The Astros signed C J.R. House 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   23    1 1.000 1.000 2.000              1.000   0    0    0    1  Pirates      
2004   24   -2  .111  .222  .333  .000   0.00  .111   0    0    0    5  Pirates      
CAR         -1  .200  .300  .500  .282   3.00  .200   0    0    0    6 
LG AVG       0  .341  .437  .778  .500   5.26  .270   0    2    0 
POS AVG      0  .319  .385  .705  .380   4.01  .254   0    1    0 

5) According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox P Guillermo Mota did not fail his physical. Instead, the deal is falling apart because it is possible that Mota might go on the DL during the season and they want another pitcher to make up for that possibility.

6) Today’s birthdays–

ANGEL BERROA, AGE: 26
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23   -7  .338  .451  .789  .466   5.30  .287  17   73   21  158  Royals       
2004   24  -15  .308  .385  .693  .400   3.95  .262   8   43   14  134  Royals       
2005   25  -19  .305  .375  .680  .388   3.76  .270  11   55    7  159  Royals       
CAR        -48  .317  .399  .717  .414   4.30  .272  36  180   47  486 
LG AVG       0  .334  .429  .763  .500   5.01  .269  59  246   29 
POS AVG    -12  .330  .413  .743  .479   4.79  .272  45  216   36 

BIBB FALK, 1899-1989
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1924   25   28  .406  .487  .893  .641   7.44  .352   6   99    6  138  White Sox    
1926   27   41  .415  .477  .892  .694   7.34  .345   8  108    9  155  White Sox    
1927   28   18  .391  .465  .856  .588   6.62  .327   9   83    5  145  White Sox    
CAR         84  .371  .448  .820  .552   5.99  .314  69  785   46 1354 
LG AVG       0  .362  .414  .776  .500   5.44  .294  56  615   82 
POS AVG    135  .377  .467  .844  .578   6.47  .312 100  752   92 

GAVIN FLOYD, AGE: 23
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 21    3   3.49    6   4   28.1   24  7.62 14.61   2   0   0   1   1  Phillies     
2005 22  -16  10.04    7   4   26     17  5.88 16.96   1   2   0   1   2  Phillies     
CAREER   -13   6.63   13   8   54.1   41  6.79 15.74   3   2   0   2   3 
LG AVG     0   4.27            54.1   40  6.66 12.80   3   3 

MILT GASTON, 1896-1996
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1926 30  -11   4.33   32  28  214     39  1.64 13.96  10  18   0  13  15  Browns       
1927 31  -11   5.00   37  30  254     77  2.73 13.39  13  17   1  14  16  Browns       
1928 32  -24   5.50   28  22  149     45  2.72 14.01   6  12   0   7  11  Senators     
1934 38  -27   5.85   29  28  194     48  2.23 15.40   6  19   0  10  15  White Sox    
CAREER   -48   4.55  355 271 2106    615  2.63 13.67  97 164   8 128 133 
LG AVG     0   4.31          2106    716  3.06 13.51 118 118 

KEN HUCKABY, AGE: 35
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32   -1  .182  .273  .455  .263   3.00  .182   0    2    0    5  Blue Jays    
2004   33   -7  .218  .200  .418  .058   1.23  .140   0    0    0   24  Rangers/Orioles
2005   34   -9  .250  .253  .503  .129   1.75  .207   0    6    0   35  Blue Jays    
CAR        -36  .256  .282  .538  .178   2.17  .223   3   30    0  153 
LG AVG       0  .332  .426  .759  .500   4.94  .266  14   60    7 
POS AVG    -14  .311  .385  .695  .392   3.91  .254  11   53    2 

PETE LAFOREST, AGE: 28
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25   -6  .196  .208  .404  .077   1.29  .167   0    6    0   19  Devil Rays   
2005   27   -6  .243  .266  .508  .156   1.93  .172   1    4    0   25  Devil Rays   
CAR        -12  .223  .241  .464  .120   1.65  .170   1   10    0   44 
LG AVG       0  .332  .427  .759  .500   4.94  .268   4   17    2 
POS AVG      0  .334  .423  .758  .496   4.89  .262   4   17    1 

JOHN LOWENSTEIN, AGE: 59
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1980   33   12  .403  .413  .816  .675   6.80  .311   4   27    7  104  Orioles      
1982   35   40  .415  .602 1.017  .778   9.08  .320  24   66    7  122  Orioles      
1983   36   22  .374  .481  .855  .689   6.98  .281  15   60    2  122  Orioles      
CAR         49  .337  .403  .741  .541   4.75  .253 116  441  128 1368 
LG AVG       0  .326  .385  .711  .500   4.30  .261  81  414   65 
POS AVG     36  .334  .404  .738  .530   4.67  .267  94  441   88 

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