Around the Majors: Ramirez rumor

1) According to the Boston Globe, Manny Ramirez has asked for a trade and is threatening not to show up at spring training if he’s not traded.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   31   59  .427  .587 1.014  .732   9.11  .325  37  104    3  154  Red Sox      
2004   32   49  .397  .613 1.009  .695   8.59  .308  43  130    2  152  Red Sox      
2005   33   47  .388  .594  .982  .707   8.01  .292  45  144    1  152  Red Sox      
CAR        620  .409  .599 1.008  .725   8.96  .314 435 1414   34 1687 
LG AVG       0  .340  .433  .773  .500   5.18  .271 187  798  105 
POS AVG     80  .348  .460  .808  .536   5.68  .276 229  903   92 

2) The Diamondbacks hired Josh Byrnes as GM.

3) The Giants re-signed P Jeff Fassero to a 1 year contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 40  -13   5.68   62   6   77.2   55  6.37 14.95   1   7   3   3   5  Cardinals    
2004 41   -4   5.46   41  12  112     60  4.82 14.79   3   8   0   5   6  Rockies/Diamondbacks
2005 42    1   4.05   48   6   91     60  5.93 12.16   4   7   0   6   5  Giants       
CAREER    75   4.08  710 241 2018.2 1636  7.29 12.54 120 123  25 131 112 
LG AVG     0   4.35          2018.2 1445  6.44 12.91 113 113 

4) The Reds declined their options on SS Rich Aurilia ($2 million) and P Ramon Ortiz ($4.55 million).

Ortiz stays with the team and is arbitration eligible.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 30  -20   5.20   32  32  180     94  4.70 14.20  16  13   0  12  17  Angels       
2004 31    2   4.43   34  14  128     82  5.77 12.73   5   7   0   6   6  Angels       
2005 32  -16   5.36   30  30  171.1   96  5.04 13.87   9  11   0   8  12  Reds         
CAREER   -21   4.72  187 167 1065    686  5.80 12.94  68  60   0  61  67 
LG AVG     0   4.53          1065    751  6.34 13.02  60  60 

Ortiz ranked 4th in team history for worst HR vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Eric Milton              2005      -19       40       21      -41   
2    Tom Browning             1988      -18       36       18        6   
3    Bill Gullickson          1987      -16       33       17      -11   
4    Ramon Ortiz              2005      -15       34       19      -16   
T5   Sammy Ellis              1966      -14       35       21      -26   
T5   Rob Bell                 2000      -14       32       18        0   
T5   Jack Armstrong           1991      -14       25       11      -22   
T8   Tom Browning             1991      -13       32       19       -4   
T8   Gary Nolan               1976      -13       28       15        3   
10   Tom Seaver               1980      -12       24       12        1   

Aurilia will become a free agent.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   31  -12  .325  .410  .735  .423   4.31  .277  13   58    2  129  Giants       
2004   32  -14  .314  .353  .667  .373   3.59  .246   6   44    1  124  Mariners/Padres
2005   33    1  .338  .444  .782  .504   5.43  .282  14   68    2  114  Reds         
CAR          0  .330  .436  .766  .495   4.95  .276 146  585   19 1231 
LG AVG       0  .342  .433  .776  .500   5.24  .270 143  592   83 
POS AVG   -119  .324  .385  .708  .407   4.31  .262  83  454   95 

5) The Devil Rays interviewed Mike Schmidt for their managerial job.

6) The Indians re-signed INF Ramon Vazquez to a 1 year, $700,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   -4  .342  .341  .684  .468   4.38  .261   3   30   10  116  Padres       
2004   27   -6  .297  .322  .619  .302   3.06  .235   1   13    1   52  Padres       
2005   28   -6  .256  .271  .526  .210   2.35  .212   0    5    0   39  Red Sox/Indians
CAR        -18  .328  .338  .666  .437   4.07  .258   6   84   18  352 
LG AVG       0  .339  .428  .767  .500   5.09  .268  34  142   18 
POS AVG    -21  .324  .391  .716  .437   4.44  .266  21  112   23 

7) The Phillies interviewed Pat Gillick and Gerry Hunsicker for their GM job.

8) According to the LA Times, the Dodgers will fire GM Paul DePodesta, possibly as early as this weekend.

9) The Cubs exercised their options on 2B Todd Walker ($2.5 million) and P Scott Williamson ($2 million) and declined their option on RF Jeromy Burnitz ($7 million).

WALKER
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   30   -7  .333  .428  .760  .464   4.86  .283  13   85    1  144  Red Sox      
2004   31    5  .352  .468  .820  .541   6.08  .274  15   50    0  129  Cubs         
2005   32   10  .355  .474  .829  .579   6.07  .305  12   40    1  110  Cubs         
CAR        -16  .348  .441  .789  .486   5.42  .290  98  488   64 1132 
LG AVG       0  .341  .433  .775  .500   5.20  .270 130  536   71 
POS AVG    -40  .338  .405  .743  .465   4.85  .271  89  437   98 

WILLIAMSON
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27    2   4.16   66   0   62.2   74 10.63 12.78   5   4  21   5   4  Reds/Red Sox
2004 28   12   1.26   28   0   28.2   28  8.79 10.05   0   1   1   1   0  Red Sox      
2005 29   -2   5.65   17   0   14.1   23 14.44 14.44   0   0   0   0   0  Cubs         
CAREER    68   3.08  286  10  385.2  452 10.55 11.67  25  24  55  34  15 
LG AVG     0   4.46           385.2  286  6.67 13.09  22  22 

BURNITZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   34    0  .299  .487  .786  .503   4.98  .239  31   77    5  126  Mets/Dodgers
2004   35   12  .356  .559  .916  .553   7.10  .283  37  110    5  150  Rockies      
2005   36   -6  .322  .435  .757  .468   4.76  .258  24   87    5  160  Cubs         
CAR         92  .348  .485  .832  .544   5.88  .255 299  932   73 1583 
LG AVG       0  .342  .433  .775  .500   5.23  .270 176  734  101 
POS AVG    116  .356  .471  .827  .556   5.98  .278 230  857  113 

10) Today’s birthdays–

MARK BALDWIN, 1863-1929
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1887 23   47   3.40   40  39  334    164  4.42 12.61  18  17   1  22  13  Cubs         
1890 26   56   3.31   59  57  501    211  3.79 13.63  34  24   0  36  22  Pirates      
1891 27   29   2.76   53  50  437.2  197  4.05 12.58  22  28   0  29  21  Pirates      
CAREER   134   3.36  347 328 2811.1 1354  4.33 12.96 156 165   4 175 146 
LG AVG     0   3.78          2811.1 1001  3.20 13.02 157 157 

JESSE BARFIELD, 1959, AGE: 46
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1985   25   37  .369  .536  .905  .685   6.95  .289  27   84   22  155  Blue Jays    
1986   26   41  .368  .559  .927  .677   7.35  .289  40  108    8  158  Blue Jays    
1990   30   23  .359  .456  .815  .642   5.90  .246  25   78    4  153  Yankees      
CAR         96  .335  .466  .802  .559   5.32  .256 241  716   66 1428 
LG AVG       0  .328  .400  .727  .500   4.52  .262 126  586   93 
POS AVG     41  .328  .431  .759  .523   4.82  .263 170  669   88 

JIM BIBBY, 1944, AGE: 61
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1973 28  -11   9.56    6   3   16     12  6.75 21.38   0   2   0   0   2  Cardinals    
1974 29  -37   4.74   41  41  264    149  5.08 12.85  19  19   0  14  24  Rangers      
1983 38  -26   6.69   29  12   78     44  5.08 16.62   5  12   2   4  13  Pirates      
CAREER   -10   3.76  340 239 1722.2 1079  5.64 12.16 111 101   8 105 107 
LG AVG     0   3.70          1722.2  963  5.03 12.23  96  96 

SOLLY HOFMAN, 1882-1956
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1909   26   14  .351  .351  .702  .606   4.70  .285   2   58   20  153  Cubs         
1910   27   40  .406  .461  .867  .731   7.16  .325   3   86   29  136  Cubs         
1914   31   15  .357  .412  .769  .586   5.97  .287   5   83   34  147  Tip-Tops     
CAR         36  .340  .352  .692  .536   4.68  .269  19  495  208 1194 
LG AVG       0  .329  .344  .673  .500   4.40  .261  23  420  166 
POS AVG      3  .331  .343  .675  .509   4.44  .262  21  414  192 

PETE RICHERT, 1939, AGE: 66
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1965 25   20   2.60   34  29  194    161  7.47 10.76  15  12   0  17  10  Senators     
CAREER    18   3.19  429 122 1165    925  7.15 10.81  80  73  51  83  70 
LG AVG     0   3.45          1165    755  5.83 11.61  65  65 
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