1) The Yankees and Randy Johnson agreed to a 2 year, $32 million contract extension. The players still need to pass physicals before the trade is officially completed.
2) The trade that would have sent Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks died when they were unable to reach a deal to get Green to waive his no trade clause.
3) The Padres signed free agent P Chris Hammond to a 1 year, $750,000 contract.
After 0.95 ERA/27 RSAA and 2.86 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Hammonds had a 2.68 ERA/12 RSAA in 41 games with the A’s. He has a 4.08 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.08, and 5 RSAA in 357 games.
4) The Mets traded C Vance Wilson to the Tigers for INF Anderson Hernandez. To make room for Wilson on the 40 man roster, the Tigers designated OF Alexis Gomez for assignment.
After -5 RCAA/.682 OPS and -13 RCAA/.666 OPS seasons, Wilson hit .427 SLG, .335 OBA, .762 OPS, -2 RCAA in 79 games. He has a .692 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -23 RCAA in 285 games.
5) The Whitesox signed free agent C A. J. Pierzynski to a 1 year, $2.25 million contract.
After 1 RCAA/.773 OPS and 11 RCAA/.824 OPS seasons, Pierzynski hit .410 SLG, .319 OBA, .729 OPS, -23 RCAA in 131 games with the Giants. He has a .773 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and -15 RCAA in 561 games.
6) The Indians are reportedly close to signing free agents P Kevin Millwood and RF Juan Gonzalez.
7) The Rockies signed free agent INF Desi Relaford to a 1 year, $1.05 million contract.
After 0 RCAA/.713 OPS and -23 RCAA/.691 OPS seasons, Relaford had a .305 SLG, .296 OBA, .601 OPS, -24 RCAA in 114 games with the Royals. He has a .673 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -109 RCAA in 852 games.
8) The Marlins re-signed free agent P Ismael Valdes to a 1 year contract.
After 4.18 ERA/14 RSAA and 6.10 ERA/-14 RSAA seasons, Valdez had a 5.19 ERA/-22 RSAA in 31 starts (34 games) with the Padres and Marlins. He has a 4.05 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.36, and 30 RSAA in 311 games.
9) The Pirates re-signed SS Jack Wilson to a 2 year, $8 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.
After -28 RCAA/.638 OPS and -27 RCAA/.656 OPS seasons, Wilson hit .459 SLG, .335 OBA, .794 OPS, 6 RCAA in 157 games. He has a .674 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -84 RCAA in 562 games.
10) The Cardinals signed free agent 2B Mark Grudzielanek to a 1 year,
After -16 RCAA/.665 OPS and 6 RCAA/.782 OPS seasons, Grudzielanek hit .432 SLG, .347 OBA, .779 OPS, -2 RCAA in 81 games with the Cubs. He has a .719 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and -77 RCAA in 1299 games.
11) The BlueJays re-signed free agent C Gregg Zaun to a 1 year, $1.05 million contract, with an option for 2006.
After -13 RCAA/.594 OPS and -9 RCAA/.658 OPS seasons, Zaun hit .393 SLG, .367 OBA, .761 OPS, -3 RCAA in 107 games. He has a .714 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -42 RCAA in 686 games.
12) The Nationals re-signed 1B-LF Brad Wilkerson to a 1 year, $3.05 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.
After 16 RCAA/.840 OPS and 4 RCAA/.844 OPS seasons, Wilkerson hit .498 SLG, .374 OBA, .872 OPS, 30 RCAA in 160 games. He has a .838 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 42 RCAA in 506 games.
13) The Indians signed 2B Warren Morris to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.
Morris has -43 RCAA/.709 OPS in 440 career games.
14) The Pirates signed 1B Graham Koonce, C Paul Chiaffredo and Ps Kirk Bullinger and Brian Mallette to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.
Koonce was 1 for 8, with a 2B and -1 RCAA, in 6 games with the 2003 A’s.
Bullinger has a 6.53 ERA/-12 RSAA in 49 career games, including a 6.16 ERA/-6 RSAA in 27 games with the 2004 Astros.
Mallette had a 10.80 ERA/-4 RSAA in 5 games with the 2002 Brewers.
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