Around the Majors: Mets sign Wagner

1) The Mets signed free agent P Billy Wagner to a 4 year, $43 million contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   26   1.78   78   0   86    105 10.99  8.16   1   4  44   4   1  Astros       
2004 32   10   2.42   45   0   48.1   59 10.99  7.26   4   0  21   3   1  Phillies     
2005 33   26   1.51   75   0   77.2   87 10.08  7.88   4   3  38   6   1  Phillies     
CAREER   135   2.40  584   0  630.1  840 11.99  9.27  34  32 284  46  20 
LG AVG     0   4.30           630.1  473  6.75 12.84  35  35 

2) The A’s signed free agent P Esteban Loaiza to a 3 year, $21.375 million contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   39   2.90   34  34  226.1  207  8.23 10.42  21   9   0  21   9  White Sox    
2004 32  -18   5.70   31  27  183    117  5.75 14.31  10   7   0   8   9  White Sox/Yankees
2005 33    4   3.77   34  34  217    173  7.18 11.90  12  10   0  11  11  Nationals    
CAREER    -7   4.60  334 297 1880   1255  6.01 13.01 112  99   1 108 103 
LG AVG     0   4.48          1880   1349  6.46 13.01 105 105 

3) The Pirates sold OF Tike Redman to the Mets.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   12  .374  .483  .857  .646   7.09  .330   3   19    7   56  Pirates      
2004   27  -13  .310  .374  .684  .416   4.17  .280   8   51   18  155  Pirates      
2005   28  -18  .292  .332  .625  .296   3.20  .251   2   26    4  135  Pirates      
CAR        -29  .312  .378  .690  .415   4.23  .277  15  101   33  392 
LG AVG       0  .340  .434  .774  .500   5.20  .269  40  161   20 
POS AVG     -4  .335  .428  .763  .489   5.08  .268  39  146   40 

4) The Giants claimed minor league P Jeff Miller off waivers from the Pirates.

5) The Pirates released OF Michael Restovich.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   24    1  .406  .415  .821  .567   5.93  .283   0    4    0   24  Twins        
2004   25    0  .314  .447  .761  .511   5.40  .255   2    6    0   29  Twins        
2005   26   -6  .302  .374  .676  .315   3.48  .235   3    8    0   66  Rockies/Pirates
CAR         -5  .333  .408  .741  .431   4.50  .254   6   19    1  127 
LG AVG       0  .337  .429  .766  .500   5.07  .268   7   31    4 
POS AVG      3  .345  .452  .796  .534   5.50  .271   9   33    4 

6) According to the LA Times, the Angels have increased their offer to Paul Konerko up to 5 years, $60 million.

7) According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, A’s P Barry Zito and Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano are expected to be among the most talked about players at next week’s winter meetings.

8) Today’s birthdays–

MIKE EASLER, AGE: 55
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1980   29   40  .396  .583  .978  .744   8.34  .338  21   74    5  132  Pirates      
1984   33   38  .376  .516  .892  .670   7.43  .313  27   91    1  156  Red Sox      
1986   35   10  .362  .449  .811  .559   5.50  .302  14   78    3  146  Yankees      
CAR         94  .349  .454  .804  .574   5.62  .293 118  522   20 1151 
LG AVG       0  .329  .396  .725  .500   4.51  .264  86  422   82 
POS AVG     35  .336  .413  .750  .527   4.86  .263 109  469   91 

BILL FREEHAN, AGE: 64
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1964   22   25  .350  .462  .812  .648   6.02  .300  18   80    5  144  Tigers       
1967   25   37  .389  .447  .835  .713   6.44  .282  20   74    1  155  Tigers       
1968   26   35  .366  .454  .819  .695   6.07  .263  25   84    0  155  Tigers       
CAR        106  .340  .412  .752  .554   4.88  .262 200  758   24 1774 
LG AVG       0  .322  .377  .699  .500   4.16  .252 145  665   91 
POS AVG    -83  .312  .355  .667  .438   3.69  .240 137  659   27 

LONG TOM HUGHES, 1878-1956
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1904 25  -26   3.59   35  32  260.2  123  4.25 12.71   9  24   1  12  21  Yankees/Senators
1906 27  -24   3.62   30  24  204     90  3.97 13.90   7  17   0   8  16  Senators     
1907 28  -18   3.11   34  23  211    102  4.35 11.30   8  13   3   8  13  Senators     
CAREER   -49   3.08  399 314 2643   1368  4.66 12.15 132 174  20 146 160 
LG AVG     0   2.89          2643   1141  3.88 11.42 146 146 

HOWARD JOHNSON, AGE: 45
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1987   26   29  .364  .504  .868  .634   6.69  .265  36   99   32  157  Mets         
1989   28   63  .369  .559  .928  .776   8.07  .287  36  101   41  153  Mets         
1991   30   29  .342  .535  .877  .640   6.32  .259  38  117   30  156  Mets         
CAR        149  .340  .446  .786  .589   5.47  .249 228  760  231 1531 
LG AVG       0  .329  .396  .724  .500   4.55  .262 121  596  129 
POS AVG      3  .327  .405  .732  .496   4.58  .263 134  636   94 

DICK MCAULIFFE, AGE: 66
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1966   26   30  .373  .509  .882  .691   6.65  .274  23   56    5  124  Tigers       
1967   27   28  .364  .411  .775  .659   5.62  .239  22   65    6  153  Tigers       
1968   28   23  .344  .411  .755  .634   5.23  .249  16   56    8  151  Tigers       
CAR        101  .343  .403  .746  .548   4.93  .247 197  697   63 1763 
LG AVG       0  .323  .383  .706  .500   4.25  .253 158  695   84 
POS AVG    -85  .315  .349  .664  .440   3.79  .250  90  537  107 

MINNIE MINOSO, AGE: 83
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1951   28   55  .422  .500  .922  .749   8.53  .326  10   76   31  146  Indians/White Sox
1954   31   48  .411  .535  .946  .714   7.64  .320  19  116   18  153  White Sox    
1956   33   53  .425  .525  .950  .717   8.71  .316  21   88   12  151  White Sox    
CAR        325  .389  .459  .848  .636   6.39  .298 186 1023  205 1835 
LG AVG       0  .339  .397  .736  .500   4.74  .264 162  805   63 
POS AVG    166  .357  .438  .795  .573   5.63  .273 226  963   67 

IRV NOREN, AGE: 81
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1950   25   14  .375  .459  .834  .573   6.58  .295  14   98    5  138  Senators     
1954   29   26  .377  .481  .859  .679   6.71  .319  12   66    4  125  Yankees      
CAR         36  .348  .410  .758  .536   5.22  .275  65  453   34 1093 
LG AVG       0  .347  .400  .746  .500   4.94  .268  71  390   28 
POS AVG     38  .354  .424  .778  .537   5.41  .272  84  437   33 

JOE PRICE, AGE: 49
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1983 26   15   2.88   21  21  144     83  5.19 10.25  10   6   0  10   6  Reds         
CAREER    12   3.65  372  84  906    657  6.53 11.77  45  49  13  50  44 
LG AVG     0   3.66           906    553  5.50 12.07  50  50 

GUILLERMO QUIROZ, AGE: 24
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2004   22   -5  .263  .250  .513  .193   2.51  .212   0    6    1   17  Blue Jays    
2005   23   -3  .256  .250  .506  .142   1.86  .194   0    4    0   12  Blue Jays    
CAR         -8  .260  .250  .510  .173   2.25  .205   0   10    1   29 
LG AVG       0  .335  .431  .766  .500   5.05  .270   3   13    1 
POS AVG     -2  .322  .407  .729  .435   4.39  .261   3   12    0 

MARIANO RIVERA, AGE: 36
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 33   21   1.66   64   0   70.2   63  8.02  9.55   5   2  40   6   1  Yankees      
2004 34   22   1.94   74   0   78.2   66  7.55 10.30   4   2  53   5   1  Yankees      
2005 35   27   1.38   71   0   78.1   80  9.19  8.27   7   4  43  10   1  Yankees      
CAREER   202   2.33  657  10  806.2  728  8.12  9.70  54  35 379  70  19 
LG AVG     0   4.67           806.2  563  6.28 13.28  45  45 

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