Around the Majors: Yankees are close to signing Matsui

1) The Yankees are reportedly close to re-signing LF Hideki Matsui to a 4 year contract, worth about $50 million.

Matsui’s contract expired and he doesn’t have enough service time to be a free agent, since time in Japan doesn’t count. He has a clause in his contract that says if he’s not re-signed by end of today, the Yankees must release him. Then, MLB rules state that a player placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release can’t be resigned by his old team before May 15. (But, players in this situation have been signed to minor league contracts and just weren’t allowed in the majors until then.)

2) John Hart withdrew from consideration for the Dodgers GM job and he will remain as a senior advisor for the Rangers.

3) The Tigers signed INFs Mike Hessman and Kevin Hooper and OF Alexis Gomez to minor league contracts.

HESSMAN
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   25    2  .423  .667 1.090  .700   7.94  .286   2    3    0   19  Braves       
2004   26   -9  .155  .261  .416  .077   1.35  .130   2    5    0   29  Braves       
CAR         -7  .227  .356  .582  .245   2.81  .167   4    8    0   48 
LG AVG       0  .341  .436  .777  .500   5.23  .269   3   13    2 
POS AVG      3  .365  .481  .846  .584   6.31  .278   5   16    1 

HOOPER
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2005   28   -1  .200  .200  .400  .000   0.00  .200   0    0    0    6  Tigers       
CAR         -1  .200  .200  .400  .000   0.00  .200   0    0    0    6 
LG AVG       0  .331  .425  .756  .500   4.89  .268   0    1    0 
POS AVG      0  .329  .423  .753  .500   4.89  .275   0    1    0 

GOMEZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   21   -2  .200  .200  .400  .000   0.00  .200   0    0    0    5  Royals       
2004   23   -1  .323  .310  .633  .369   3.68  .276   0    4    0   13  Royals       
2005   24   -1  .278  .188  .465  .179   2.08  .188   0    1    0    9  Tigers       
CAR         -4  .288  .255  .543  .219   2.51  .236   0    5    0   27 
LG AVG       0  .335  .430  .765  .500   5.03  .269   2    7    1 
POS AVG      0  .340  .439  .779  .518   5.29  .275   2    8    1 

4) The Cardinals signed INFs Juan Diaz, Milko Jaramillo and Ramon Nivar, OFs Brian Martin and Prentice Redman, Cs Brett Cordell, Brian Esposito and Michel Hernandez and Ps Andy Cavazos, Randy Leek, Rich Rundles, Brad Voyles, Sam Walton and John Webb to minor league contracts.

DIAZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   26    1  .375  .857 1.232  .811  10.80  .286   1    2    0    4  Red Sox      
CAR          1  .375  .857 1.232  .811  10.80  .286   1    2    0    4 
LG AVG       0  .332  .425  .757  .500   4.91  .264   0    1    0 
POS AVG      0  .362  .473  .835  .594   6.18  .274   0    1    0 

NIVAR
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23  -10  .253  .267  .519  .148   2.13  .211   0    7    4   28  Rangers      
2004   24   -3  .211  .222  .433  .080   1.50  .222   0    4    1    7  Rangers      
2005   25   -1  .357  .308  .665  .241   2.45  .308   0    1    0    7  Orioles      
CAR        -14  .258  .264  .522  .143   2.06  .223   0   12    5   42 
LG AVG       0  .334  .429  .764  .500   5.03  .268   4   18    2 
POS AVG      0  .333  .416  .748  .493   4.92  .272   3   17    4 

REDMAN
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   23   -3  .192  .292  .484  .064   1.17  .125   1    2    2   15  Mets         
CAR         -3  .192  .292  .484  .064   1.17  .125   1    2    2   15 
LG AVG       0  .341  .431  .771  .500   5.15  .269   1    4    0 
POS AVG      0  .339  .432  .771  .511   5.28  .274   1    3    1 

HERNANDEZ
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   24   -1  .400  .250  .650  .000   0.00  .250   0    0    0    5  Yankees      
CAR         -1  .400  .250  .650  .000   0.00  .250   0    0    0    5 
LG AVG       0  .334  .429  .762  .500   5.01  .268   0    1    0 
POS AVG      0  .310  .400  .709  .410   4.11  .255   0    0    0 

VOYLES
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2001 24    1   3.86    7   0    9.1    6  5.79 13.50   0   0   0   0   0  Royals       
2002 25   -4   6.51   22   0   27.2   26  8.46 16.59   0   2   1   1   1  Royals       
2003 26   -8   7.47   11   3   31.1   24  6.89 18.96   0   2   0   1   1  Royals       
CAREER   -11   6.59   40   3   68.1   56  7.38 17.25   0   4   1   2   2 
LG AVG     0   4.50            68.1   47  6.22 12.86   4   4 

WEBB
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 25   -3   7.00    4   0    9      9  9.00 20.00   0   0   0   0   0  Devil Rays   
2005 26   -6  18.00    1   1    4      2  4.50 24.75   0   1   0   0   1  Devil Rays   
CAREER    -9  10.38    5   1   13     11  7.62 21.46   0   1   0   0   1 
LG AVG     0   4.55            13      9  6.36 12.99   1   1 

5) Oil Can Boyd was indicted on federal charges of making threatening phone calls to a former girlfriend.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1983 23   10   3.28   15  13   98.2   43  3.92 11.58   4   8   0   7   5  Red Sox      
1985 25   17   3.70   35  35  272.1  154  5.09 11.37  15  13   0  16  12  Red Sox      
1990 30   14   2.93   31  31  190.2  113  5.33 10.34  10   6   0  10   6  Expos        
CAREER     7   4.04  214 207 1389.2  799  5.17 11.72  78  77   0  79  76 
LG AVG     0   4.02          1389.2  849  5.50 12.42  78  78 

6) According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins are optimistic that they can trade 3B Mike Lowell, but will need to pay part of his contract. Lowell is owed $9 million in both 2006-07.

7) Today’s birthdays–

GUS BELL, 1928-95
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1953   24   22  .354  .525  .879  .596   6.77  .300  30  105    0  151  Reds         
1955   26   28  .361  .510  .871  .621   6.93  .308  27  104    4  154  Reds         
1956   27   18  .347  .501  .848  .584   6.25  .292  29   84    6  150  Reds         
CAR          6  .330  .445  .775  .499   5.25  .281 206  942   30 1741 
LG AVG       0  .338  .415  .753  .500   4.94  .268 179  799   66 
POS AVG     90  .347  .436  .783  .540   5.46  .281 188  836   88 

PEDRO BORBON JR., AGE: 38
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
CAREER    -3   4.68  368   0  271    224  7.44 13.58  16  16   6  17  15 
LG AVG     0   4.43           271    198  6.56 13.01  15  15 

BRIAN DALLIMORE, AGE: 32
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2004   30   -1  .347  .395  .742  .454   4.91  .279   1    7    0   20  Giants       
2005   31   -1  .143  .286  .429  .000   0.00  .143   0    0    0    7  Giants       
CAR         -2  .321  .380  .701  .373   4.05  .260   1    7    0   27 
LG AVG       0  .341  .435  .776  .500   5.22  .269   2    7    1 
POS AVG      0  .340  .416  .756  .477   4.98  .276   1    6    1 

KEVIN GRYBOSKI, AGE: 32
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 29    1   3.86   64   0   44.1   32  6.50 14.01   6   4   0   5   5  Braves       
2004 30    8   2.84   69   0   50.2   24  4.26 13.68   3   2   2   3   2  Braves       
2005 31   -4   5.52   42   0   31     10  2.90 18.58   1   1   0   0   2  Braves/Rangers
CAREER     9   3.75  232   0  177.2   99  5.02 15.30  12   8   2  10  10 
LG AVG     0   4.24           177.2  132  6.67 12.76  10  10 

CRAIG HANSEN, AGE: 22
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 21   -1   6.00    4   0    3      3  9.00 21.00   0   0   0   0   0  Red Sox      
CAREER    -1   6.00    4   0    3      3  9.00 21.00   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.36             3      2  6.16 12.63   0   0 

GREG JONES, AGE: 29
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26   -2   4.88   18   0   27.2   28  9.11 14.64   0   0   0   0   0  Angels       
2005 28   -2   6.75    6   0    5.1    6 10.13 15.19   0   0   0   0   0  Angels       
CAREER    -4   5.18   24   0   33     34  9.27 14.73   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.50            33     22  6.12 12.83   2   2 

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