Around the Majors: Phillies hire Gillick

1) The Phillies have a press conference today to announce the hiring of Pat Gillick as GM.

2) The Devil Rays exercised their $1.4 million option on P Casey Fossum. Fossum also has to agree in order to for that salary to go into effect for him. If he doesn’t, he stays with the team as a salary arbitration eligible player.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25   -6   5.47   19  14   79     63  7.18 13.67   6   5   1   5   6  Red Sox      
2004 26  -35   6.65   27  27  142    117  7.42 15.46   4  15   0   6  13  Diamondbacks 
2005 27  -11   4.92   36  25  162.2  128  7.08 13.72   8  12   0   9  11  Devil Rays   
CAREER   -43   5.17  138  85  534.2  435  7.32 13.95  26  38   2  27  37 
LG AVG     0   4.40           534.2  377  6.35 12.79  30  30 

3) The Devil Rays named their finalists for their managerial job–Bobby Valentine, John McLaren and Joe Maddon.

4) The Braves exercised their 2006 option on P John Thomson.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 29    4   4.85   35  35  217    136  5.64 11.90  13  14   0  14  13  Rangers      
2004 30   13   3.72   33  33  198.1  133  6.04 12.16  14   8   0  12  10  Braves       
2005 31   -1   4.47   17  17   98.2   61  5.56 12.86   4   6   0   5   5  Braves       
CAREER    32   4.69  196 195 1179.1  751  5.73 12.59  60  77   0  72  65 
LG AVG     0   4.31          1179.1  873  6.66 12.80  66  66 

5) The Orioles signed 1B Leo Daigle, SS Ed Rogers, OF Noah Hall and Ps Sendy Rleal, Marino Salas, Scott Rice, Carlos Jan and Jason Pearson to minor league contracts.

ROGERS
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   23   -1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0    5  Orioles      
2005   26    0 1.000 4.000 5.000  .000   0.00 1.000   1    2    0    8  Orioles      
CAR         -1  .250 1.000 1.250  .000   0.00  .250   1    2    0   13 
LG AVG       0  .331  .425  .757  .500   4.91  .266   0    1    0 
POS AVG      0  .333  .435  .769  .513   5.07  .270   0    1    0 

PEARSON
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 26    1   0.00    2   0    1.2    3 16.20  5.40   0   0   0   0   0  Padres       
2003 27   -7  63.00    2   0    1      1  9.00 63.00   0   0   0   0   0  Cardinals    
CAREER    -6  23.63    4   0    2.2    4 13.50 27.00   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.18             2.2    2  6.72 12.72   0   0 

6) The A’s re-signed P Jay Witasick to a 2 year contract, $2.75 million contract, with an option for 2008, and declined their 2006 option on 1B Scott Hatteberg ($2.8 million).

Witasick had filed for free agency.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 30   -3   4.53   46   0   45.2   42  8.28 13.40   3   7   2   4   6  Padres       
2004 31    5   3.21   44   0   61.2   57  8.32 12.26   0   1   1   1   0  Padres       
2005 32   13   2.84   60   0   63.1   73 10.37 12.51   1   5   1   4   2  Rockies/A's
CAREER    -5   4.54  349  56  677.1  604  8.03 14.19  30  41   5  35  36 
LG AVG     0   4.57           677.1  489  6.49 13.22  38  38 

HATTEBERG
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   33   -2  .342  .383  .725  .489   4.57  .253  12   61    0  147  A's          
2004   34    8  .367  .420  .787  .544   5.73  .284  15   82    0  152  A's          
2005   35  -19  .334  .343  .677  .354   3.63  .256   7   59    0  134  A's          
CAR         -5  .356  .403  .758  .493   5.05  .268  83  422    1 1023 
LG AVG       0  .337  .430  .767  .500   5.08  .269 108  454   58 
POS AVG      1  .339  .435  .774  .499   5.11  .264 123  490   19 

7) The Yankees hired Larry Bowa as 3B coach.

8) The A’s named Gerald Perry hitting coach.

9) The Pirates hired coaches Jim Colborn (pitching) and Jim Lett (bench).

10) The Mariners declined their 2006 options on INF Pokey Reese ($2.25 million) and P Shigetoshi Hasegawa ($3.1 million).

Reese had the most productive year of his career in 2005, as he missed the entire season due to shoulder surgery.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   29  -11  .330  .352  .681  .415   4.40  .264   4   50   12  119  Pirates      
2003   30   -8  .271  .262  .533  .238   2.70  .215   1   12    6   37  Pirates      
2004   31  -21  .271  .303  .574  .209   2.65  .221   3   29    6   96  Red Sox      
CAR       -126  .307  .352  .659  .351   3.95  .248  44  271  144  856 
LG AVG       0  .344  .436  .780  .500   5.31  .271  96  398   58 
POS AVG    -45  .337  .403  .739  .447   4.79  .272  61  317   72 

HASEGAWA
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 34   24   1.48   63   0   73     32  3.95  9.86   2   4  16   5   1  Mariners     
2004 35   -7   5.16   68   0   68     46  6.09 13.24   4   6   0   4   6  Mariners     
2005 36    1   4.19   46   0   66.2   30  4.05 11.48   1   3   0   2   2  Mariners     
CAREER    72   3.71  517   8  720.1  447  5.58 12.17  45  44  33  52  37 
LG AVG     0   4.63           720.1  505  6.31 13.19  40  40 

11) The Marlins declined their 2006 option on P Antonio Alfonseca ($2.75 million).

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31  -12   5.83   60   0   66.1   51  6.92 14.25   3   1   0   1   3  Cubs         
2004 32   14   2.57   79   0   73.2   45  5.50 12.10   6   4   0   7   3  Braves       
2005 33   -3   4.94   33   0   27.1   16  5.27 14.82   1   1   0   1   1  Marlins      
CAREER    16   3.95  512   0  547.1  371  6.10 13.58  30  35 121  37  28 
LG AVG     0   4.35           547.1  411  6.76 12.91  31  31 

12) According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Devil Rays are close to hiring Gerry Hunsicker as GM.

13) According to the LA Times, the expected Angels-Red Sox trade talks regarding Manny Ramirez will probably expand to include a 3 way deal, with the Diamondbacks sending 3B Troy Glaus to the Red Sox.

14) Today’s birthdays–

WILSON BETEMIT, AGE: 24
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   19   -1  .400  .000  .400  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    1    8  Braves       
2004   22   -6  .231  .170  .401  .074   1.32  .170   0    3    0   22  Braves       
2005   23    1  .359  .435  .794  .509   5.40  .305   4   20    1  115  Braves       
CAR         -6  .339  .389  .728  .436   4.60  .280   4   23    2  145 
LG AVG       0  .339  .430  .769  .500   5.11  .269   9   38    5 
POS AVG     -2  .335  .418  .753  .480   4.89  .268   8   37    3 

ORLANDO CABRERA, AGE: 31
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   28   -7  .347  .460  .807  .471   5.78  .297  17   80   24  162  Expos        
2004   29  -21  .306  .383  .689  .384   3.98  .264  10   62   16  161  Expos/Red Sox
2005   30  -10  .309  .365  .674  .435   4.06  .257   8   57   21  141  Angels       
CAR       -124  .315  .403  .718  .400   4.33  .267  80  469  118 1103 
LG AVG       0  .341  .434  .775  .500   5.21  .270 135  553   73 
POS AVG   -108  .322  .386  .708  .410   4.30  .264  76  425   86 

CARMEN CALI, AGE: 27
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 25   -4   8.59   10   0    7.1    8  9.82 23.32   0   0   0   0   0  Cardinals    
2005 26   -4  10.50    6   0    6      5  7.50 24.00   0   0   0   0   0  Cardinals    
CAREER    -8   9.45   16   0   13.1   13  8.78 23.63   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.28            13.1   10  6.66 12.80   1   1 

GREG HARRIS, AGE: 50
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1985 29   27   2.47   58   0  113    111  8.84  9.72   5   4  11   7   2  Rangers      
1988 32   15   2.36   66   1  107     71  5.97 11.44   4   6   1   7   3  Phillies     
1992 36   20   2.51   70   2  107.2   73  6.10 12.20   4   9   4   9   4  Red Sox      
CAREER    75   3.69  703  98 1467   1141  7.00 12.48  74  90  54  93  71 
LG AVG     0   4.00          1467    923  5.66 12.46  82  82 

CHIEF HOGSETT, 1903-2001
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1931 27  -17   5.95   22  12  112     47  3.78 15.11   3   9   2   5   7  Tigers       
1937 33  -29   6.31   37  26  177     68  3.46 16.53   6  19   2  10  15  Browns       
1938 34  -14   6.03   31   9   91     33  3.26 14.93   5   6   3   4   7  Senators     
CAREER   -36   5.03  330 114 1220.2  441  3.25 15.28  63  87  33  72  78 
LG AVG     0   4.60          1220.2  457  3.37 13.86  68  68 

TRAVIS JACKSON, 1903-87
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1926   22   17  .362  .494  .856  .627   6.38  .327   8   51    2  111  Giants       
1927   23   18  .363  .486  .849  .612   6.36  .318  14   98    8  127  Giants       
1930   26   16  .386  .529  .915  .590   7.49  .339  13   82    6  116  Giants       
CAR          9  .337  .433  .770  .503   5.16  .291 135  929   71 1656 
LG AVG       0  .350  .414  .764  .500   5.31  .292  92  804   87 
POS AVG   -180  .329  .367  .696  .401   4.28  .273  50  661   72 

WILLIE MCGEE, AGE: 47
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1985   26   60  .384  .503  .887  .765   7.95  .353  10   82   56  152  Cardinals    
1990   31   22  .373  .419  .791  .604   6.03  .324   3   77   31  154  Cardinals/A's
1991   32   16  .357  .408  .765  .607   5.15  .312   4   43   17  131  Giants       
CAR         29  .333  .396  .729  .508   4.72  .295  79  856  352 2201 
LG AVG       0  .332  .399  .731  .500   4.64  .264 182  892  194 
POS AVG     59  .335  .413  .747  .519   4.92  .270 193  885  327 

ORLANDO MERCED, AGE: 39
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1991   24   16  .373  .399  .772  .620   5.57  .275  10   50    8  120  Pirates      
1993   26   26  .414  .443  .857  .656   7.07  .313   8   70    3  137  Pirates      
1995   28   13  .365  .468  .833  .569   6.35  .300  15   83    7  132  Pirates      
CAR         43  .355  .426  .781  .528   5.39  .277 103  585   57 1391 
LG AVG       0  .337  .417  .754  .500   4.95  .268 112  503   88 
POS AVG     81  .350  .456  .806  .556   5.67  .278 150  610   87 

TOM PACIOREK, AGE: 59
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1981   34   30  .379  .509  .888  .710   6.73  .326  14   66   13  104  Mariners     
1982   35   21  .361  .490  .851  .665   6.48  .312  11   55    3  104  White Sox    
1983   36   13  .347  .462  .809  .596   5.77  .307   9   63    6  115  White Sox    
CAR          6  .325  .415  .741  .499   4.62  .282  86  503   55 1392 
LG AVG       0  .329  .394  .723  .500   4.47  .264  96  482   77 
POS AVG     59  .341  .420  .761  .542   5.00  .274 116  541   74 

SIDNEY PONSON, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26   13   3.75   31  31  216    134  5.58 11.54  17  12   0  16  13  Orioles/Giants
2004 27  -12   5.30   33  33  215.2  115  4.80 14.27  11  15   0  12  14  Orioles      
2005 28  -31   6.21   23  23  130.1   68  4.70 15.74   7  11   0   6  12  Orioles      
CAREER   -51   4.81  233 222 1443.1  870  5.42 13.13  76  91   1  78  89 
LG AVG     0   4.63          1443.1 1012  6.31 13.18  81  81 

RON REED, AGE: 63
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1976 33   18   2.46   59   4  128     96  6.75  8.58   8   7  14  10   5  Phillies     
1977 34   16   2.75   60   3  124.1   84  6.08 10.06   7   5  15   8   4  Phillies     
1978 35   18   2.24   66   0  108.2   85  7.04  9.52   3   4  17   5   2  Phillies     
CAREER    74   3.46  751 236 2477.2 1481  5.38 11.10 146 140 103 150 136 
LG AVG     0   3.58          2477.2 1491  5.42 12.06 138 138 

JOHNNY VANDER MEER, 1914-97
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1941 26   17   2.83   33  32  226    202  8.04 11.91  16  13   0  17  12  Reds         
1942 27   23   2.43   33  33  244    186  6.86 10.73  18  12   0  19  11  Reds         
1948 33   20   3.41   33  33  232    120  4.66 12.76  17  14   0  18  13  Reds         
CAREER    49   3.44  346 285 2104   1294  5.54 12.63 119 121   2 129 111 
LG AVG     0   3.71          2104    834  3.57 12.52 117 117 
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