Around the Majors: Marlins re-sign Willis

1) The Marlins re-signed P Dontrelle Willis to a 1 year, $4.35 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 21   12   3.30   27  27  160.2  142  7.95 11.71  14   6   0  12   8  Marlins      
2004 22    2   4.02   32  32  197    139  6.35 12.75  10  11   0  11  10  Marlins      
2005 23   36   2.63   34  34  236.1  170  6.47 10.51  22  10   0  22  10  Marlins      
CAREER    50   3.27   93  93  594    451  6.83 11.58  46  27   0  45  28 
LG AVG     0   4.27           594    439  6.65 12.80  33  33 

2) The Angels re-signed C Jose Molina (2 years, $2.1 million) and P John Lackey (1 year, $3.76 million), to avoid salary arbitration.

MOLINA
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   28  -12  .210  .219  .429  .096   1.36  .184   0    6    0   53  Angels       
2004   29  -10  .296  .374  .670  .332   3.50  .261   3   25    4   73  Angels       
2005   30   -8  .286  .348  .634  .334   3.22  .228   6   25    2   75  Angels       
CAR        -37  .283  .338  .621  .285   2.97  .239  11   66    6  255 
LG AVG       0  .335  .429  .764  .500   5.03  .269  21   90   11 
POS AVG    -16  .317  .400  .717  .418   4.22  .258  19   84    3 

LACKEY
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 24  -10   4.63   33  33  204    151  6.66 13.19  10  16   0  12  14  Angels       
2004 25   -2   4.67   33  32  198.1  144  6.53 12.84  14  13   0  13  14  Angels       
2005 26   17   3.44   33  33  209    199  8.57 12.49  14   5   0  11   8  Angels       
CAREER    13   4.15  117 116  719.2  563  7.04 12.78  47  38   0  43  42 
LG AVG     0   4.50           719.2  499  6.24 12.87  40  40 

3) The Cardinals signed free agent P Jeff Nelson 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 36    4   3.74   70   0   55.1   68 11.06 12.85   4   2   8   3   3  Mariners/Yankees
2004 37   -1   5.32   29   0   23.2   22  8.37 13.69   1   2   1   1   2  Rangers      
2005 38    2   3.93   49   0   36.2   34  8.35 14.24   1   3   1   2   2  Mariners     
CAREER    97   3.41  792   0  782    827  9.52 12.86  48  44  33  60  32 
LG AVG     0   4.58           782    533  6.13 13.21  44  44 

4) The Pirates re-signed P Oliver Perez to a 1 year, $1.9 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 21  -21   5.47   24  24  126.2  141 10.02 14.92   4  10   0   5   9  Padres/Pirates
2004 22   25   2.98   30  30  196    239 10.97 10.79  12  10   0  14   8  Pirates      
2005 23  -18   5.85   20  20  103     97  8.48 15.55   7   5   0   4   8  Pirates      
CAREER   -11   4.26   90  89  515.2  571  9.97 13.04  27  30   0  28  29 
LG AVG     0   4.26           515.2  383  6.69 12.78  29  29 

5) The Reds re-signed RF Austin Kearns 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   23    6  .364  .455  .819  .564   5.91  .264  15   58    5   82  Reds         
2004   24   -4  .321  .419  .740  .443   4.30  .230   9   32    2   64  Reds         
2005   25   -2  .333  .452  .785  .483   5.19  .240  18   67    0  112  Reds         
CAR         21  .360  .461  .821  .548   5.85  .266  55  213   13  365 
LG AVG       0  .340  .429  .769  .500   5.11  .268  40  164   21 
POS AVG     23  .352  .461  .813  .552   5.76  .271  51  187   23 

6) The Rangers re-signed C Rod Barajas to a 1 year, $3.2 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27  -21  .265  .327  .592  .198   2.67  .218   3   28    0   80  Diamondbacks 
2004   28  -16  .276  .453  .728  .366   4.22  .249  15   58    0  108  Rangers      
2005   29   -2  .306  .466  .771  .485   4.91  .254  21   60    0  120  Rangers      
CAR        -63  .278  .410  .688  .344   3.83  .236  47  184    1  439 
LG AVG       0  .337  .430  .767  .500   5.08  .269  43  177   22 
POS AVG    -29  .322  .402  .724  .426   4.32  .258  37  168    6 

7) The Blue Jays re-signed 1B Lyle Overbay ($2.525 million) and P Scott Downs($705,000) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

OVERBAY
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   -4  .365  .402  .767  .450   5.15  .276   4   28    1   86  Diamondbacks 
2004   27   24  .385  .478  .863  .612   6.89  .301  16   87    2  159  Brewers      
2005   28   11  .367  .449  .816  .560   5.78  .276  19   72    1  158  Brewers      
CAR         29  .373  .450  .823  .559   6.06  .285  39  188    4  415 
LG AVG       0  .340  .432  .772  .500   5.16  .269  43  176   21 
POS AVG     34  .360  .474  .834  .572   6.05  .277  59  213    8 

DOWNS
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27   -3  15.00    1   1    3      4 12.00 24.00   0   1   0   0   1  Expos        
2004 28   -7   5.14   12  12   63     38  5.43 15.00   3   6   0   4   5  Expos        
2005 29    1   4.31   26  13   94     75  7.18 12.64   4   3   0   4   3  Blue Jays    
CAREER   -20   5.01   58  45  257    180  6.30 14.43  11  13   0  11  13 
LG AVG     0   4.45           257    186  6.53 12.97  14  14 

8) The Astros re-signed SS Adam Everett to a 1 year, $1.9 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26  -13  .320  .380  .700  .392   4.21  .256   8   51    8  128  Astros       
2004   27  -11  .317  .385  .703  .412   4.35  .273   8   31   13  104  Astros       
2005   28  -21  .290  .364  .654  .364   3.65  .248  11   54   21  152  Astros       
CAR        -53  .305  .365  .670  .375   3.91  .253  27  140   46  433 
LG AVG       0  .340  .431  .771  .500   5.14  .269  47  191   23 
POS AVG    -38  .318  .388  .706  .414   4.27  .265  26  147   35 

Everett set the Astros single season record for worst OBA vs. the league average–

OBA                           YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RCAA    
1    Adam Everett             2005    -.049     .290     .339      -21   
2    Roger Metzger            1975    -.047     .289     .336      -21   
3    Derek Bell               1999    -.045     .306     .351      -32   
4    Roger Metzger            1976    -.043     .286     .329      -17   
5    Craig Reynolds           1979    -.042     .292     .334      -12   
6    Craig Reynolds           1981    -.042     .286     .328       -1   
7    Brian Hunter             1996    -.042     .297     .339      -11   
8    Craig Reynolds           1984    -.042     .286     .328       -5   
9    Johnny Edwards           1970    -.041     .299     .340      -19   
10   Lee May                  1974    -.041     .294     .334        2   

9) Today’s birthdays–

ROB BELL, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26  -11   5.52   19  18  101     44  3.92 13.10   5   4   0   4   5  Devil Rays   
2004 27    0   4.46   24  19  123     57  4.17 12.22   8   8   0   8   8  Devil Rays   
2005 28  -11   8.28    8   3   25     13  4.68 19.80   1   1   0   0   2  Devil Rays   
CAREER   -72   5.69  121 108  633    393  5.59 13.78  30  34   0  27  37 
LG AVG     0   4.54           633    454  6.46 13.02  35  36 

CHILI DAVIS, AGE: 46
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1991   31   39  .385  .507  .892  .692   7.07  .277  29   93    5  153  Twins        
1994   34   31  .410  .561  .971  .681   8.38  .311  26   84    3  108  Angels       
1995   35   37  .429  .514  .943  .704   8.28  .318  20   86    3  119  Angels       
CAR        244  .360  .451  .811  .579   5.59  .274 350 1372  142 2436 
LG AVG       0  .334  .404  .738  .500   4.71  .265 225 1082  197 
POS AVG    130  .343  .435  .778  .541   5.24  .272 292 1238  224 

DENNY DOYLE, AGE: 62
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1970   26  -29  .266  .281  .546  .219   2.38  .208   2   16    6  112  Phillies     
1976   32  -19  .285  .308  .593  .313   2.90  .250   0   26    8  117  Red Sox      
1977   33  -35  .289  .308  .596  .238   2.92  .240   2   49    2  137  Red Sox      
CAR       -138  .295  .316  .611  .330   3.11  .250  16  237   38  944 
LG AVG       0  .328  .384  .712  .500   4.34  .261  76  387   61 
POS AVG    -62  .317  .340  .657  .422   3.71  .257  33  293   77 

MARK LITTELL, AGE: 53
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1976 23   16   2.08   60   1  104     92  7.96 11.08   8   4  16   9   3  Royals       
1979 26   16   2.19   63   0   82.1   67  7.32 10.82   9   4  13  10   3  Cardinals    
CAREER    23   3.32  316  19  532    466  7.88 12.27  32  31  56  38  25 
LG AVG     0   3.71           532    296  5.00 12.22  30  30 

DARRELL PORTER, 1952-2002
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1973   21   18  .363  .457  .820  .652   5.91  .254  16   67    5  117  Brewers      
1977   25   16  .353  .452  .804  .611   5.89  .275  16   60    1  130  Royals       
1978   26   16  .358  .444  .802  .591   5.40  .265  18   78    0  150  Royals       
1979   27   41  .421  .484  .905  .683   7.70  .291  20  112    3  157  Royals       
CAR        126  .354  .409  .763  .566   5.16  .247 188  826   39 1782 
LG AVG       0  .328  .388  .716  .500   4.38  .262 126  657  123 
POS AVG    -70  .319  .369  .688  .447   3.95  .249 126  663   35 

DON ZIMMER, AGE: 75
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1957   26  -27  .262  .327  .589  .171   2.40  .219   6   19    1   84  Dodgers      
1959   28  -24  .274  .249  .523  .163   2.07  .165   4   28    3   97  Dodgers      
1961   30  -19  .291  .403  .694  .354   3.68  .252  13   40    5  128  Cubs         
CAR       -156  .290  .372  .662  .328   3.36  .235  91  352   45 1095 
LG AVG       0  .332  .410  .742  .500   4.72  .265  99  423   39 
POS AVG    -76  .317  .372  .688  .415   3.98  .255  70  350   35 

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