Around the Majors: Trade rumorby Lee Sinins
February 24, 2005
1) According to NY Newsday, the Mets are interested in Tigers P Ugueth Urbina, the Tigers are interested in Mets OF Mike Cameron, but it's not likely that they would be traded for each other.
2) Position players report today for the BlueJays and Royals.
3) The Padres re-signed free agents 1B-OF Robert Fick and P Andy Ashby to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training. The players will go to major league camp, but since they played for the Padres last season and weren't offered salary arbitration, they are not eligible to be called up to the majors until May 1.
After 3 RCAA/.764 OPS and 0 RCAA/.753 OPS seasons, Fick hit .319 SLG, .277 OBA, .595 OPS, -13 RCAA in 89 games (first 76 with the Devil Rays). He has a .753 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and -6 RCAA in 575 games.
Ashby has a 4.12 ERA/-8 RSAA in 309 career games, including a 0.00 ERA/1 RSAA in 2 games in 2004.
4) Matt Diaz refused the Orioles waiver claim and became a free agent.
5) Ron Gant was involved in a fatal car accident, when another driver struck his car. The other driver, a 74 year old man, died at the scene. Gant wasn't seriously injured and no charges are expected.
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