Around the Majors: World Series resumes today

1) Today’s schedule–

Redsox (Pedro Martinez, 3.90) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 4.16), 8:30

2) The Phillies re-signed INF Tomas Perez to a 2 year contract, with an option for 2007.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Perez requested that terms of the deal not be released because of the political situation in Venezuela, where professional ballplayers’ relatives have been kidnapped for ransom.” This raises 2 questions–(1) We know that Ugueth Urbina’s mother’s been kidnapped. But, as far as I know, that’s an isolated incident. Are there others, or does Urbina count as multiple people? (2) If there are problems with your family’s safety, why not move them to the US?

After -2 RCAA/.711 OPS and -8 RCAA/.698 OPS seasons, Perez hit .415 SLG, .257 OBA, .671 OPS, -10 RCAA in 86 games. He has a .661 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and -74 RCAA in 588 games.

3) The Mets removed INF Wilson Delgado, OF Gerald Williams and P Vic Darensbourg from the 40 man roster and they all became free agents.

After -9 RCAA/.734 OPS in 2003, Delgado hit .385 SLG, .366 OBA, .750 OPS, 1 RCAA in 42 games. He has a .627 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and -27 RCAA in 253 games.

After playing just 60 games, with just 54 PA, in 2002-03, Williams had a .419 SLG, .277 OBA, .696 OPS, -6 RCAA in 57 games. He has a .711 career OPS, compared to his league average of .779, and -102 RCAA in 1129 games.

Darensbourg has a 5.13 ERA/-27 RSAA in 287 career games, including a 6.43 ERA/-1 RSAA in 7 games (first 2 with the Whitesox) in 2004.

4) Mets P Orber Moreno had shoulder surgery last week and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Moreno has a 4.44 ERA/-1 RSAA in 47 career games, including a 3.38 ERA/3 RSAA in 33 games in 2004.

5) The Tigers removed P Rob Henkel from the 40 man roster.

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