Around the Majors: Yankees sign Dotel

1) The Yankees signed free agent P Octavio Dotel to a 1 year, $2 million contract.

Dotel had Tommy John surgery in May.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 29   19   2.48   76   0   87     97 10.03  9.00   6   4   4   7   3  Astros       
2004 30    8   3.69   77   0   85.1  122 12.87 11.07   6   6  36   7   5  Astros/A's
2005 31    2   3.52   15   0   15.1   16  9.39 12.33   1   2   7   2   1  A's          
CAREER    62   3.63  381  34  600.1  725 10.87 11.23  37  31  71  42  26 
LG AVG     0   4.42           600.1  449  6.73 12.98  34  34 

2) The Nationals signed free agent P Ramon Ortiz ($2.5 million) and re-signed free agent P Tony Armas ($2.1 million) to 1 year contracts.

ORTIZ
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 30  -20   5.20   32  32  180     94  4.70 14.20  16  13   0  12  17  Angels       
2004 31    2   4.43   34  14  128     82  5.77 12.73   5   7   0   6   6  Angels       
2005 32  -16   5.36   30  30  171.1   96  5.04 13.87   9  11   0   8  12  Reds         
CAREER   -21   4.72  187 167 1065    686  5.80 12.94  68  60   0  61  67 
LG AVG     0   4.53          1065    751  6.34 13.02  60  60 

Ortiz had the 4th worst HR vs. the league average in Reds history in 2005–

HOMERUNS                      YEAR     DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Eric Milton              2005      -19       40       21      -41   
2    Tom Browning             1988      -18       36       18        6   
3    Bill Gullickson          1987      -16       33       17      -11   
4    Ramon Ortiz              2005      -15       34       19      -16   
T5   Sammy Ellis              1966      -14       35       21      -26   
T5   Rob Bell                 2000      -14       32       18        0   
T5   Jack Armstrong           1991      -14       25       11      -22   
T8   Tom Browning             1991      -13       32       19       -4   
T8   Gary Nolan               1976      -13       28       15        3   
10   Tom Seaver               1980      -12       24       12        1   

He also holds the Angels career record in that department–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Ramon Ortiz                 -24      136      112       -5   
2    Don Sutton                  -23       75       52        2   
3    Dennis Springer             -19       56       37      -15   
4    Shawn Boskie                -17       56       39      -22   
5    Chris Knapp                 -15       51       36      -55   
T6   Allen Watson                -13       49       36      -17   
T6   John Farrell                -13       24       11      -34   
T6   Russ Springer               -13       31       18      -29   
T6   Jim Slaton                  -13       53       40      -35   
T6   Willie Fraser               -13       69       56      -15   

ARMAS
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25    9   2.61    5   5   31     23  6.68  9.87   2   1   0   2   1  Expos        
2004 26   -6   4.88   16  16   72     54  6.75 14.38   2   4   0   3   3  Expos        
2005 27  -12   4.97   19  19  101.1   59  5.24 14.12   7   7   0   6   8  Nationals    
CAREER     5   4.32  121 121  666.1  504  6.81 12.97  39  48   0  44  43 
LG AVG     0   4.31           666.1  503  6.79 12.82  37  37 

3) The Marlins signed free agents INF Pokey Reese (about $800,000) and P Joe Borowski to 1 year contracts.

Reese missed the entire 2005 season.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   29  -11  .330  .352  .681  .415   4.40  .264   4   50   12  119  Pirates      
2003   30   -8  .271  .262  .533  .238   2.70  .215   1   12    6   37  Pirates      
2004   31  -21  .271  .303  .574  .209   2.65  .221   3   29    6   96  Red Sox      
CAR       -126  .307  .352  .659  .351   3.95  .248  44  271  144  856 
LG AVG       0  .344  .436  .780  .500   5.31  .271  96  398   58 
POS AVG    -45  .337  .403  .739  .447   4.79  .272  61  317   72 

BOROWSKI
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 32   12   2.63   68   0   68.1   66  8.69  9.61   2   2  33   3   1  Cubs         
2004 33   -8   8.02   22   0   21.1   17  7.17 17.72   2   4   9   2   4  Cubs         
2005 34   -1   4.47   43   0   46.1   27  5.24  9.71   1   5   0   3   3  Cubs/Devil Rays
CAREER    12   3.90  264   1  302.1  241  7.17 12.15  14  23  44  18  19 
LG AVG     0   4.25           302.1  223  6.64 12.76  17  17 

4) Today’s birthdays–

SANDY KOUFAX, AGE: 70
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1963 27   40   1.88   40  40  311    306  8.86  7.96  25   5   0  21   9  Dodgers      
1965 29   40   2.04   43  41  336    382 10.23  7.82  26   8   2  23  11  Dodgers      
1966 30   58   1.73   41  41  323    317  8.83  8.86  27   9   0  28   8  Dodgers      
CAREER   220   2.76  397 314 2325   2396  9.27 10.02 165  87   9 161  91 
LG AVG     0   3.70          2325   1438  5.57 11.97 129 129 

TOM MURPHY, AGE: 60
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1969 23  -15   4.21   36  35  216    100  4.17 12.63  10  16   0  11  15  Angels       
1970 24  -23   4.24   39  38  227     99  3.93 12.33  16  13   0  11  18  Angels       
1971 25  -11   3.78   37  36  243     89  3.30 11.81   6  17   0  10  13  Angels       
CAREER   -41   3.78  439 147 1443.1  621  3.87 12.35  68 101  59  81  88 
LG AVG     0   3.59          1443.1  852  5.31 12.04  80  80 

A.J. PIERZYNSKI, AGE: 29
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26   11  .360  .464  .824  .566   5.92  .312  11   74    3  137  Twins        
2004   27  -23  .319  .410  .729  .344   3.81  .272  11   77    0  131  Giants       
2005   28  -12  .308  .420  .728  .412   4.14  .257  18   56    0  128  White Sox    
CAR        -27  .330  .434  .765  .462   4.74  .287  55  326    6  689 
LG AVG       0  .335  .430  .765  .500   5.05  .268  75  310   39 
POS AVG    -68  .313  .390  .703  .396   4.02  .254  59  278   10 

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