Around the Majors: Twins sign Sierra

1) The Twins signed DH Ruben Sierra, OF Tim Raines Jr. and Ps Ryan Glynn and Peter Munro to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

SIERRA
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   37   -4  .327  .420  .748  .459   4.69  .270   9   43    2  106  Rangers/Yankees
2004   38   -4  .296  .456  .752  .461   4.56  .244  17   65    1  107  Yankees      
2005   39   -9  .265  .371  .636  .306   3.20  .229   4   29    0   61  Yankees      
CAR         23  .316  .450  .766  .504   4.82  .268 306 1318  142 2172 
LG AVG       0  .334  .412  .746  .500   4.80  .265 228 1034  155 
POS AVG     86  .338  .442  .780  .528   5.19  .266 301 1192  135 

Sierra has only had a positive RCAA once in the past decade and ranks 8th for most career PA by a player with an OBA at least .015 below the league average–

PLATE APPEARANCES               PA       OBA     RCAA    
1    Rabbit Maranville         11256    -.022     -280   
2    Luis Aparicio             11230    -.017     -180   
3    Willie Davis               9822    -.016      113   
4    Gary Gaetti                9817    -.025     -126   
5    Joe Carter                 9154    -.028       28   
6    Larry Bowa                 9103    -.032     -307   
7    Marquis Grissom            8959    -.021      -91   
8    Ruben Sierra               8749    -.019       23   
9    Frank White                8467    -.035     -176   
10   Bill Mazeroski             8379    -.028     -190 

RAINES
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   21   -1  .269  .261  .530  .263   2.70  .174   0    0    3    7  Orioles      
2003   23   -6  .196  .209  .405  .029   0.69  .140   0    2    0   20  Orioles      
2004   24   -6  .293  .319  .612  .275   3.16  .255   0    5    7   48  Orioles      
CAR        -13  .263  .281  .544  .198   2.38  .213   0    7   10   75 
LG AVG       0  .337  .432  .768  .500   5.10  .269   6   24    3 
POS AVG      0  .338  .427  .765  .503   5.13  .276   5   22    6 

GLYNN
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2001 26  -13   7.04   12   9   46     15  2.93 16.63   1   5   0   2   4  Rangers      
2004 29    2   4.05    6   2   20     14  6.30 13.50   1   0   0   1   0  Blue Jays    
2005 30   -5   6.88    5   3   17     15  7.94 16.41   0   4   0   1   3  A's          
CAREER   -33   6.24   52  40  226.1  116  4.61 16.06   9  20   0  12  17 
LG AVG     0   4.75           226.1  159  6.31 13.43  13  13 

MUNRO
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 27    7   3.57   19  14   80.2   45  5.02 12.83   5   5   0   6   4  Astros       
2003 28   -1   4.67   40   2   54     27  4.50 15.67   3   4   0   3   4  Astros       
2004 29   -9   5.15   21  19   99.2   63  5.69 14.09   4   7   0   5   6  Astros       
CAREER   -13   4.88  120  40  315.1  189  5.39 14.76  13  19   0  16  16 
LG AVG     0   4.41           315.1  231  6.60 13.02  18  18 

2) The Dodgers signed INF Ramon Martinez and P Kurt Ainsworth to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training.

MARTINEZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   30   -8  .333  .375  .709  .411   4.17  .283   3   34    0  108  Cubs         
2004   31  -15  .313  .346  .659  .321   3.69  .246   3   30    1  102  Cubs         
2005   32   -5  .309  .330  .639  .339   3.56  .277   1   14    0   52  Tigers/Phillies
CAR        -36  .329  .383  .712  .425   4.30  .269  27  184    8  630 
LG AVG       0  .342  .436  .778  .500   5.26  .270  55  220   29 
POS AVG    -23  .333  .411  .744  .453   4.78  .269  40  191   30 

AINSWORTH
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2002 23    5   2.10    6   4   25.2   15  5.26 12.27   1   2   0   2   1  Giants       
2003 24    1   4.08   14  11   68.1   52  6.85 13.17   5   5   0   5   5  Giants/Orioles
2004 25  -17   9.68    7   7   30.2   20  5.87 18.78   0   1   0   0   1  Orioles      
CAREER   -13   5.19   29  22  126.2   90  6.39 14.57   6   8   0   7   7 
LG AVG     0   4.34           126.2   93  6.62 12.86   7   7 

3) The Reds signed free agent P Rick White to a 1 year, $600,000 contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 34   -9   5.78   49   0   67     54  7.25 13.30   1   2   1   1   2  White Sox/Astros
2004 35   -6   5.29   59   0   78.1   44  5.06 13.67   5   5   1   4   6  Indians      
2005 36    5   3.72   71   0   75     40  4.80 14.76   4   7   2   6   5  Pirates      
CAREER    26   4.24  520  18  759.1  484  5.74 12.95  37  52  15  49  40 
LG AVG     0   4.50           759.1  547  6.48 13.08  43  43 

4) The Devil Rays signed 3B Russell Branyan to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   -1  .322  .438  .759  .489   5.01  .216   9   26    0   74  Reds         
2004   28    3  .324  .525  .849  .557   6.10  .234  11   27    1   51  Brewers      
2005   29    9  .378  .490  .868  .623   6.66  .257  12   31    1   85  Brewers      
CAR         13  .327  .480  .807  .525   5.56  .232  93  238    7  536 
LG AVG       0  .339  .431  .770  .500   5.13  .269  48  200   26 
POS AVG      6  .341  .442  .783  .510   5.30  .268  54  216   18 

5) Today’s birthdays–

PAUL BLAIR, AGE: 62
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1975   31  -20  .257  .300  .557  .289   2.32  .218   5   31   17  140  Orioles      
1976   32  -25  .245  .264  .509  .195   1.77  .197   3   16   15  145  Orioles      
1979   35  -15  .209  .234  .443  .109   1.44  .152   2   15    0   77  Yankees/Reds
CAR        -40  .302  .382  .684  .468   3.82  .250 134  620  171 1947 
LG AVG       0  .323  .376  .699  .500   4.16  .254 144  692  104 
POS AVG     37  .326  .389  .715  .515   4.37  .263 138  650  186 

HECTOR LUNA, AGE: 26
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2004   24   -6  .304  .364  .668  .380   3.88  .249   3   22    6   83  Cardinals    
2005   25    0  .344  .409  .753  .491   5.05  .285   1   18   10   64  Cardinals    
CAR         -6  .322  .384  .706  .431   4.39  .265   4   40   16  147 
LG AVG       0  .340  .433  .773  .500   5.18  .269  10   42    5 
POS AVG     -6  .327  .398  .725  .442   4.57  .269   6   33    7 

KENT MERCKER, AGE: 38
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 35   14   1.95   67   0   55.1   48  7.81 12.69   0   2   1   1   1  Reds/Braves
2004 36   12   2.55   71   0   53     51  8.66 11.72   3   1   0   3   1  Cubs         
2005 37    6   3.65   78   0   61.2   45  6.57 12.55   3   1   4   2   2  Reds         
CAREER    29   4.17  641 150 1283.1  894  6.27 13.23  72  66  24  74  64 
LG AVG     0   4.23          1283.1  923  6.47 12.77  72  72 

CARL REYNOLDS, 1903-78
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1928   25   15  .371  .491  .862  .638   7.07  .323   2   36   15   84  White Sox    
1930   27   42  .388  .584  .973  .674   8.90  .359  22  104   16  138  White Sox    
CAR         31  .346  .458  .804  .520   5.82  .302  80  699  112 1222 
LG AVG       0  .355  .414  .770  .500   5.45  .287  69  609   60 
POS AVG     47  .361  .436  .797  .531   5.87  .296  80  635   72 

BILLY SULLIVAN, 1875-1965
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1901   26  -21  .271  .351  .623  .323   3.59  .245   4   56   12   98  White Sox    
1907   32  -24  .229  .221  .450  .195   1.79  .174   0   36    6  112  White Sox    
1909   34  -21  .226  .174  .400  .151   1.43  .162   0   16    9   97  White Sox    
CAR       -198  .254  .280  .534  .290   2.62  .212  21  378   98 1146 
LG AVG       0  .321  .342  .663  .500   4.48  .263  17  408  154 
POS AVG   -149  .285  .293  .579  .356   3.20  .233   9  364   69 

CECILIO GUANTE, AGE: 46
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1985 25   13   2.72   63   0  109     92  7.60 10.65   4   6   5   6   4  Pirates      
CAREER    24   3.48  363   1  595    503  7.61 11.72  29  34  35  34  29 
LG AVG     0   3.80           595    371  5.62 12.23  33  33 

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