Around the Majors: Orioles sign Millar

1) The Orioles signed free agent 1B Kevin Millar ($2.1 million) and P Franklyn Gracesqui to 1 year contracts and designated P Brian Burress for assignment.

MILLAR
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   31    6  .348  .472  .820  .534   5.67  .276  25   96    3  148  Red Sox      
2004   32   15  .383  .474  .857  .581   6.54  .297  18   74    1  150  Red Sox      
2005   33    0  .355  .399  .753  .501   4.97  .272   9   50    0  134  Red Sox      
CAR         87  .365  .477  .842  .582   6.23  .289 111  471    5  932 
LG AVG       0  .339  .433  .773  .500   5.17  .270  96  395   52 
POS AVG     66  .358  .468  .826  .562   5.96  .273 127  474   31 

GRACESQUI
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 24   -3  11.25    7   0    4      1  2.25 24.75   0   1   1   0   1  Marlins      
CAREER    -3  11.25    7   0    4      1  2.25 24.75   0   1   1   0   1 
LG AVG     0   4.31             4      3  6.74 12.84   0   0 

2) The Reds signed free agent P Grant Balfour to a 1 year, $340,000 contract, designated P Josh Hancock for assignment and signed INF Frank Menechino and Cs Ryan Hanigan and Steve Torrealba to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

BALFOUR
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2001 23   -3  13.50    2   0    2.2    2  6.75 20.25   0   0   0   0   0  Twins        
2003 25    1   4.15   17   1   26     30 10.38 12.81   1   0   0   1   0  Twins        
2004 26    2   4.35   36   0   39.1   42  9.61 13.27   4   1   0   3   2  Twins        
CAREER     0   4.63   55   1   68     74  9.79 13.37   5   1   0   4   2 
LG AVG     0   4.59            68     48  6.32 13.03   4   4 

HANCOCK
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25    0   3.00    2   0    3      4 12.00  6.00   0   0   0   0   0  Phillies     
2004 26   -8   5.09   16  11   63.2   36  5.09 14.42   5   2   0   3   4  Phillies/Reds
2005 27    4   1.93   11   0   14      5  3.21  7.71   1   0   0   1   0  Reds         
CAREER    -3   4.40   32  12   88     51  5.22 12.58   6   3   0   5   4 
LG AVG     0   4.31            88     65  6.67 12.82   5   5 

MENECHINO
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   32   -3  .364  .265  .630  .399   3.75  .193   2    9    0   43  A's          
2004   33    7  .371  .454  .824  .571   6.38  .275   9   26    0   84  A's/Blue Jays
2005   34   -3  .352  .345  .697  .427   4.24  .216   4   13    0   70  Blue Jays    
CAR         -6  .358  .383  .741  .482   4.89  .240  36  149    3  449 
LG AVG       0  .336  .431  .767  .500   5.09  .269  42  177   23 
POS AVG    -19  .329  .401  .730  .449   4.62  .267  29  145   34 

TORREALBA
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   23    0  .500  .500 1.000  .000   0.00  .500   0    0    0    2  Braves       
2002   24   -3  .200  .059  .259  .000   0.00  .059   0    1    0   13  Braves       
CAR         -3  .227  .105  .333  .000   0.00  .105   0    1    0   15 
LG AVG       0  .340  .425  .765  .500   5.05  .266   1    3    0 
POS AVG     -1  .319  .388  .707  .397   4.00  .251   1    3    0 

3) The Phillies re-signed P Brett Myers to a 1 year, $3.3 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 22   -8   4.43   32  32  193    143  6.67 13.52  14   9   0  11  12  Phillies     
2004 23  -23   5.52   32  31  176    116  5.93 13.50  11  11   0   9  13  Phillies     
2005 24   20   3.72   34  34  215.1  208  8.69 11.37  13   8   0  12   9  Phillies     
CAREER   -15   4.47  110 109  656.1  501  6.87 12.81  42  33   0  36  39 
LG AVG     0   4.26           656.1  486  6.66 12.78  37  37 

4) The Brewers re-signed P Matt Wise to a 2 year, $1.7 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 26    1   3.24    7   0    8.1    6  6.48  9.72   0   0   0   0   0  Angels       
2004 28    0   4.44   30   3   52.2   30  5.13 11.62   1   2   0   1   2  Brewers      
2005 29    6   3.36   49   0   64.1   62  8.67  9.09   4   4   1   5   3  Brewers      
CAREER     7   4.25  105  18  212    168  7.13 11.17   9  13   1  12  10 
LG AVG     0   4.44           212    154  6.52 12.99  12  12 

5) The Indians signed free agent 1B Eduardo Perez to a 1 year, $1.825 million contract, with an option for 2007, and designated P Brian Tallet for assignment.

PEREZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   33    9  .365  .478  .843  .598   6.16  .285  11   41    5  105  Cardinals    
2004   34   -2  .286  .342  .628  .346   3.48  .211   1    7    0   13  Devil Rays   
2005   35    5  .368  .497  .865  .589   5.91  .255  11   28    0   77  Devil Rays   
CAR        -20  .326  .429  .755  .454   4.66  .247  70  261   19  674 
LG AVG       0  .341  .426  .767  .500   5.10  .269  51  222   32 
POS AVG     32  .355  .458  .813  .552   5.77  .275  67  265   22 

TALLET
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 24    4   1.50    2   2   12      5  3.75 10.50   1   0   0   1   0  Indians      
2003 25   -1   4.74    5   3   19      9  4.26 15.16   0   2   0   1   1  Indians      
2005 27   -2   7.71    2   0    4.2    2  3.86 19.29   0   0   0   0   0  Indians      
CAREER     1   4.04    9   5   35.2   16  4.04 14.13   1   2   0   2   1 
LG AVG     0   4.49            35.2   24  6.17 12.82   2   2 

6) The Diamondbacks signed free agent P Terry Mulholland to a minor league contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 40   -8   4.91   45   3   99     42  3.82 14.55   3   4   0   3   4  Indians      
2004 41   -6   5.18   39  15  123.1   60  4.38 14.67   5   9   0   6   8  Twins        
2005 42    1   4.27   49   0   59     18  2.75 12.20   0   2   0   1   1  Twins        
CAREER   -88   4.40  680 332 2572.2 1324  4.63 12.51 124 142   5 127 139 
LG AVG     0   4.15          2572.2 1798  6.29 12.60 144 144 

7) The Padres signed free agent P Alan Embree 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 33    3   4.25   65   0   55     45  7.36 10.64   4   1   1   3   2  Red Sox      
2004 34    5   4.13   71   0   52.1   37  6.36 10.49   2   2   0   2   2  Red Sox      
2005 35  -18   7.62   67   0   52     38  6.58 13.50   2   5   1   2   5  Red Sox/Yankees
CAREER   -16   4.68  635   4  567.1  518  8.22 12.28  30  33   8  32  31 
LG AVG     0   4.47           567.1  408  6.48 13.01  32  32 

8) The Mariners re-signed P Julio Mateo to a 2 year, $1.875 million contract, with an option for 2008, to avoid salary arbitration, and designated P Scott Atchison for assignment.

MATEO
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 23   12   3.15   50   0   85.2   71  7.46  9.14   4   0   1   3   1  Mariners     
2004 24   -3   4.68   45   0   57.2   43  6.71 12.02   1   2   1   1   2  Mariners     
2005 25   12   3.06   55   1   88.1   52  5.30 10.49   3   6   0   6   3  Mariners     
CAREER    21   3.56  162   1  252.2  181  6.45 10.69   8   8   2  10   6 
LG AVG     0   4.49           252.2  175  6.22 12.84  14  14 

ATCHISON
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 28    2   3.52   25   0   30.2   36 10.57 12.62   2   3   0   3   2  Mariners     
2005 29   -2   6.75    6   0    6.2    9 12.15 10.80   0   0   0   0   0  Mariners     
CAREER     0   4.10   31   0   37.1   45 10.85 12.29   2   3   0   3   2 
LG AVG     0   4.59            37.1   27  6.40 13.05   2   2 

9) The Devil Rays signed free agent P Dan Miceli to a 2 year contract, with an option for 2008, and designated P Franklin Nunez for assignment.

MICELI
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 32   10   3.20   57   0   70.1   58  7.42 11.00   2   4   1   5   1  Rockies/Indians/Yankees/Astros
2004 33    6   3.59   74   0   77.2   83  9.62 11.94   6   6   2   7   5  Astros       
2005 34   -2   5.89   19   0   18.1   19  9.33 16.20   1   2   0   1   2  Rockies      
CAREER   -11   4.51  598   9  668.2  614  8.26 13.03  42  50  35  45  47 
LG AVG     0   4.37           668.2  495  6.66 12.91  37  37 

NUNEZ
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 27   -2   5.91    8   0   10.2   14 11.81 17.72   0   3   0   1   2  Devil Rays   
2005 28   -4  10.80    5   0    5      2  3.60 16.20   1   0   0   0   1  Devil Rays   
CAREER    -6   7.47   13   0   15.2   16  9.19 17.23   1   3   0   1   3 
LG AVG     0   4.55            15.2   11  6.36 12.98   1   1 

10) The Nationals hired Mitchell Page (hitting), Tony Beasley (3B) and Davey Lopes (1B) as coaches.

11) Today’s birthdays–

JOSE CAPELLAN, AGE: 25
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 23   -6  11.25    3   2    8      4  4.50 21.38   0   1   0   0   1  Braves       
2005 24    2   2.87   17   0   15.2   14  8.04 12.64   1   1   0   1   1  Brewers      
CAREER    -4   5.70   20   2   23.2   18  6.85 15.59   1   2   0   1   2 
LG AVG     0   4.26            23.2   17  6.63 12.78   1   1 

ELMER DESSENS, AGE: 34
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   -6   5.07   34  30  175.2  113  5.79 13.99   8   8   0   8   8  Diamondbacks 
2004 32   -1   4.46   50  10  105     73  6.26 13.29   2   6   2   4   4  Diamondbacks/Dodgers
2005 33    3   3.56   28   7   65.2   37  5.07 11.38   1   2   0   2   1  Dodgers      
CAREER    12   4.40  277 135  979.2  587  5.39 12.82  41  51   3  48  44 
LG AVG     0   4.32           979.2  738  6.78 12.83  55  55 

BOB FORSCH, AGE: 56
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1983 33  -15   4.28   34  30  187     56  2.70 11.89  10  12   0   9  13  Cardinals    
1984 34  -14   6.02   16  11   52.1   21  3.61 14.27   2   5   0   2   5  Cardinals    
1989 39  -21   5.32   37  15  108.1   40  3.32 14.95   4   5   0   3   6  Astros       
CAREER   -22   3.76  498 422 2794.2 1133  3.65 11.77 168 136   3 149 155 
LG AVG     0   3.66          2794.2 1667  5.37 12.12 155 155 

KEVIN MITCHELL, AGE: 44
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1989   27   74  .388  .635 1.023  .807   9.00  .291  47  125    3  154  Giants       
1990   28   32  .360  .544  .904  .663   6.89  .290  35   93    4  140  Giants       
1994   32   46  .429  .681 1.110  .786  10.61  .326  30   77    2   95  Reds         
CAR        250  .360  .520  .880  .668   6.66  .284 234  760   30 1223 
LG AVG       0  .331  .399  .730  .500   4.63  .263 100  485  104 
POS AVG     55  .340  .421  .762  .538   5.11  .268 122  533  128 

AKINORI OTSUKA, AGE: 34
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 32   19   1.75   73   0   77.1   87 10.13  9.54   7   2   2   7   2  Padres       
2005 33    1   3.59   66   0   62.2   60  8.62 13.07   2   8   1   5   5  Padres       
CAREER    20   2.57  139   0  140    147  9.45 11.12   9  10   3  12   7 
LG AVG     0   4.28           140    104  6.66 12.80   8   8 

DARRELL RASNER, AGE: 25
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 24    0   3.68    5   1    7.1    4  4.91 11.05   0   1   0   1   0  Nationals    
CAREER     0   3.68    5   1    7.1    4  4.91 11.05   0   1   0   1   0 
LG AVG     0   4.23             7.1    5  6.57 12.76   0   0 

FRED SCHULTE, 1901-83
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1930   29  -16  .348  .401  .748  .386   4.90  .278   5   62   12  113  Browns       
CAR        -20  .362  .409  .771  .486   5.37  .292  47  593   56 1178 
LG AVG       0  .356  .414  .770  .500   5.46  .288  64  589   62 
POS AVG      8  .358  .422  .781  .506   5.56  .296  57  547   71 

ANDREW SISCO, AGE: 23
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 22   10   3.11   67   0   75.1   76  9.08 13.38   2   5   0   5   2  Royals       
CAREER    10   3.11   67   0   75.1   76  9.08 13.38   2   5   0   5   2 
LG AVG     0   4.36            75.1   52  6.16 12.63   4   4 

MIKE TYSON, AGE: 56
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1973   23  -19  .279  .299  .577  .311   2.62  .243   1   33    2  144  Cardinals    
1974   24  -31  .264  .287  .551  .205   2.22  .223   1   37    4  151  Cardinals    
1978   28  -19  .277  .300  .577  .281   2.55  .233   3   26    2  125  Cardinals    
1980   30  -19  .273  .337  .610  .288   2.98  .238   3   23    1  123  Cubs         
CAR       -132  .285  .327  .612  .319   3.01  .241  27  269   23 1017 
LG AVG       0  .333  .388  .721  .500   4.51  .265  66  354   68 
POS AVG    -87  .311  .329  .640  .383   3.52  .250  25  256   76 

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