Around the Majors: Astros re-sign Oswalt

1) The Astros re-signed P Roy Oswalt to a 2 year, $16.9 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 3.01 ERA/33 RSAA and 2.97 ERA/21 RSAA seasons, Oswalt had a 3.49 ERA/22 RSAA in 35 starts (36 games). He has a 3.11 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.26, and 105 RSAA in 120 games.

Over the past 50 years, Oswalt ranks 7th in the NL in RSAA through the age of 26–

1    Tom Seaver                  174   
2    Don Drysdale                173   
3    Ferguson Jenkins            134   
4    Pedro Martinez              129   
5    Dwight Gooden               118   
6    Jim Maloney                 106   
7    Roy Oswalt                  105   
8    Gary Nolan                   97   
9    Jose Rijo                    91   
10   Greg Maddux                  84   

2) Redsox 3B Bill Mueller had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to miss a month and the team is confident he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

After 0 RCAA/.743 OPS and 38 RCAA/.938 OPS seasons, Mueller hit .446 SLG, .365 OBA, .811 OPS, 5 RCAA in 110 games. He has a .798 career OPS, compared to his league average of .775, and 70 RCAA in 1034 games.

3) Rangers P Kenny Rogers denies a rumor that he gave the team an ultimatum last week that if he doesn’t get a 2 year contract extension, he will retire right before spring training starts.

After 3.84 ERA/28 RSAA and 4.57 ERA/1 RSAA seasons, Rogers had a 4.76 ERA/8 RSAA in 35 starts. He has a 4.27 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.57, and 98 RSAA in 657 games.

4) The Phillies re-signed OF Jason Michaels to a 1 year, $825,000 contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

After 4 RCAA/.823 OPS and 11 RCAA/.985 OPS seasons, Michaels hit .415 SLG, .364 OBA, .779 OPS, 3 RCAA in 115 games. He has a .826 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 17 RCAA in 278 games.

5) According to the Dallas Morning News, a Rangers official says the team has had preliminary trade talks about Mets LF Cliff Floyd.

6) The Astros signed OF Trenidad Hubbard to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

Hubbard, who was out of the majors in 2004, has -22 RCAA/.715 OPS in 476 career games.

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