Around the Majors: Signings

1) The Marlins re-signed Ps A.J. Burnett ($3.65 million), Guillermo Mota ($2.6 million) and Tim Spooneybarger ($350,000) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 3.30 ERA/16 RSAA and 4.70 ERA/-2 RSAA (just 4 GS) seasons, Burnett had a 3.68 ERA/6 RSAA in 19 starts (20 games). He has a 3.83 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.32, and 24 RSAA in 102 games.

After 4.15 ERA/-3 RSAA and 1/08 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Mota had a 3.07 ERA/11 RSAA in 78 games (first 52 with the Dodgers). He has a 3.42 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.34, and 35 RSAA in 330 games.

Spooneybarger missed the entire 2004 season, due to Tommy John surgery. He has a 3.24 ERA/10 RSAA in 88 career games.

2) The Rangers re-signed 2B Alfonso Soriano to a 1 year, $7.5 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 34 RCAA/.880 OPS and 32 RCAA/.863 OPS seasons, Soriano hit .484 SLG, .324 OBA, .807 OPS, 0 RCAA in 145 games. He has a .820 career OPS, compared to his league average of .764, and 52 RCAA in 646 games.

3) The Dodgers re-signed SS Cesar Izturis to a 3 year, $9.9 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After -33 RCAA/.556 OPS and -31 RCAA/.597 OPS seasons, Izturis had a .381 SLG, .330 OBA, .710 OPS, -8 RCAA in 159 games. He has a .635 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and -77 RCAA in 498 games.

4) The Astros re-signed P Brandon Duckworth to a 1 year, $500,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 5.41 ERA/-30 RSAA and 4.94 ERA/-9 RSAA seasons, Duckworth had a 6.86 ERA/-11 RSAA in 19 games (6 starts). He has a 5.09 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.23, and -44 RSAA in 84 games.

5) The Devil Rays signed free agent 2B Roberto Alomar to a 1 year, $600,000 contract.

After -5 RCAA/.708 OPS and -17 RCAA/.682 OPS seasons, Alomar had a .392 SLG, .321 OBA, .713 OPS, -5 RCAA in 56 games with the Diamondbacks and Whitesox. He has a .814 career OPS, compared to his league average of .754, and 318 RCAA in 2379 games.

6) The Cardinals re-signed P Jason Marquis to a 1 year, $3 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 5.04 ERA/-11 RSAA and 5.53 ERA/-6 RSAA seasons, Marquis had a 3.71 ERA/10 RSAA in 32 starts. He has a 4.16 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.29, and 5 RSAA in 128 games.

7) The Giants re-signed 1B-3B Pedro Feliz to a 2 year, $6.1 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After -6 RCAA/.617 OPS and -6 RCAA/.793 OPS seasons, Felix had a .485 SLG, .305 OBA, .790 OPS, -11 RCAA in 144 games. He has a .736 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and -34 RCAA in 408 games.

8) The Braves re-signed SS Rafael Furcal ($5.6 million) and Ps Dan Kolb ($3.4 million) and Chris Reitsma ($1.65 million) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

After -13 RCAA/.710 OPS and 24 RCAA/.794 OPS seasons, Furcal hit .414 SLG, .344 OBA, .758 OPS, 1 RCAA in 143 games. He has a .751 career OPS, compared to his league average of .776, and 10 RCAA in 663 games.

After 4.22 ERA/3 RSAA and 1.96 ERA/11 RSAA seasons, Kolb had a 2.98 ERA/9 RSAA in 64 games with the Brewers. He was acquired in a trade earlier in the offseason and has a 3.65 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.45, and 19 RSAA in 169 games.

After 3.64 ERA/12 RSAA and 4.29 ERA/0 RSAA seasons, Reitsma had a 4.07 ERA/2 RSAA in 84 games. He has a 4.44 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.27, and -6 RSAA in 209 games.

9) The Diamondbacks re-signed P Randy Choate to a 2 year, $1.3 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After appearance in just 23 games in 2002-03, Choate had a 4.62 ERA/-1 RSAA in 74 games. He has a 4.50 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.47, and 1 RSAA in 156 games.

10) The Rockies re-signed Ps Joe Kennedy (1 year, $2.2 million) and Jason Jennings (2 years, $6.9 million, with an option for 2007), to avoid salary arbitration.

After 4.53 ERA/-1 RSAA and 6.13 ERA/-24 RSAA seasons, Kennedy had a 3.66 ERA/27 RSAA in 27 starts. He has a 4.63 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.44, and 3 RSAA in 109 games.

After 4.52 ERA/10 RSAA and 5.11 ERA/-6 RSAA seasons, Jennings had a 5.51 ERA/-7 RSAA in 33 starts. He has a 5.03 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.25, and 0 RSAA in 104 games.

11) The Pirates re-signed P Josh Fogg to a 1 year, $2.15 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 4.35 ERA/0 RSAA and 5.26 ERA/-16 RSAA seasons, Fogg had a 4.64 ERA/-10 RSAA in 32 starts. He has a 4.64 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.24, and -22 RSAA in 102 games.

12) The Brewers signed free agent P Ricky Bottalico to a 1 year contract.

After 4.61 ERA/-3 RSAA and 5.40 ERA/0 RSAA (just 2 G) seasons, Bottalico had a 3.38 ERA/7 RSAA in 60 games with the Mets. He has a 3.96 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.37, and 31 RSAA in 522 games.

13) The Angels re-signed OF Jeff DaVanon to a 1 year, $950,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After -2 RCAA/.585 OPS and 12 RCAA/.805 OPS seasons, DaVanon hit .418 SLG, .372 OBA, .790 OPS, 10 RCAA in 108 games. He has a .776 career OPS, compared to his league average of .767, and 13 RCAA in 294 games.

14) The Orioles re-signed CF Luis Matos to a 1 year, $1.025 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After -4 RCAA/.318 OPS and 10 RCAA/.811 OPS seasons, Matos hit .333 SLG, .275 OBA, .609 OPS, -24 RCAA in 89 games. He has a .688 career OPS, compared to his league average of .771, and -33 RCAA in 318 games.

15) The Reds re-signed LF Adam Dunn ($4.6 million) and RF Austin Kearns ($930,000) to 1 year contracts, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 20 RCAA/.854 OPS and 9 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Dunn hit .569 SLG, .388 OBA, .956 OPS, 52 RCAA in 161 games. He has a .893 career OPS, compared to his league average of .772, and 98 RCAA in 501 games.

After starting his career with 21 RCAA/.907 OPS and 6 RCAA/.819 OPS seasons, Kearns hit .419 SLG, .321 OBA,. 740 OPS, -4 RCAA in 64 games. He has a .837 career OPS< compared to his league average of .770, and 23 RCAA in 253 games.


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