Around the Majors: Redsox re-sign Varitek

1) The Redsox re-signed free agent C Jason Varitek to a 4 year, $40 million contract.

After -6 RCAA/.724 OPS and 11 RCAA/.863 OPS seasons, Varitek hit .482 SLG, .390 OBA, .872 OPS, 19 RCAA in 137 games. He has a .798 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 0 RCAA in 832 games.

2) The Cardinals signed free agent SS David Eckstein to a 3 year, $10.25 million contract.

After 7 RCAA/.752 OPS and -12 RCAA/.651 OPS seasons, Eckstein had a .332 SLG, .339 OBA, .671 OPS, -17 RCAA in 142 games. He’s spent his entire career with the Angels, before being nontendered, and has a .700 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and -32 RCAA in 567 games.

3) The Mets signed 1B Andres Galarraga, 2B Marlon Anderson, C-1B Andy Dominique, INF-OF Luis Garcia, OF Gerald Williams and Ps Juan Padilla, Grant Roberts and Scott Strickland to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

Galarraga has 186 RCAA/.846 OPS in 2257 games, including 3 for 10, with a HR, in 7 games with the 2004 Angels.

After -10 RCAA/.696 OPS and -6 RCAA/.703 OPS seasons, Anderson had a .379 SLG, .269 OBA, .649 OPS, -14 RCAA in 113 games with the Cardinals. He has a .693 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and -74 RCAA in 737 games.

Dominique was 2 for 11, with -2 RCAA, in 7 games with the Redsox.

After -3 RCAA/.105 OPS and -4 RCAA/.343 OPS seasons, Williams had a .419 SLG, .277 OBA, .696 OPS, -6 RCAA in 57 games with the Mets. He has a .711 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and -102 RCAA in 1129 games.

Padilla had a 7.71 ERA/-10 RSAA in 18 games with the Yankees and Reds.

Roberts has a 4.25 ERA/-3 RSAA in 76 career games, including a 7.36 ERA/-7 RSAA in 4 games in 2004.

Strickland missed the entire 2004 season and had just been nontendered by the Mets. He has a 3.28 ERA/29 RSAA in 231 career games.

4) The Hanshin Tigers signed OF Shane Spencer to a 1 year contract.

After -6 RCAA/.699 OPS and -6 RCAA/.721 OPS seasons, Spencer hit .411 SLG, .332 OBA, .742 OPS, 0 RCAA in 74 games with the Mets. He has a .754 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and -6 RCAA in 538 games.


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