Around the Majors: Reds sign Milton

1) The Reds signed free agent P Eric Milton to a 3 year, $25.5 million contract.

After 4.84 ERA/-9 RSAA and 2.65 ERA/4 RSAA (just 3 G/GS) seasons, Milton had a 4.75 ERA/-9 RSAA in 34 starts with the Phillies. He has a 4.76 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and -2 RSAA in 200 games.

2) The Cubs re-signed free agent OF Todd Hollandsworth to a 1 year, $900,000 contract.

After -8 RCAA/.807 OPS and -2 RCAA/.739 OPS seasons, Hollandsworth hit .547 SLG, .392 OBA, .939 OPS, 10 RCAA in 57 games. He has a .784 career OPS, compared to his league average of .774, and 11 RCAA in 897 games.

3) The Mets are reportedly going to join the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes.

4) The Rockies signed free agent OF Dustan Mohr to a 1 year, $950,000 contract, with an option for 2006.

Mohr had been nontendered by the Giants. After 1 RCAA/.759 OPS and -11 RCAA/.714 OPS seasons, he hit .437 SLG, .394 OBA, .831 OPS, 6 RCAA in 117 games. Mohr has a .754 career OPS, compared to his league average of .765, and -8 RCAA in 378 games.

5) The Reds re-signed 1B-OF Jacob Cruz to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training.

After being out of the majors in 2003, Cruz had a .340 SLG, .317 OBA, .658 OPS, -6 RCAA in 96 games. He has a .702 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and -26 RCAA in 299 games.

6) The Mets signed P Joe Nelson to a minor league contract.

Nelson has a 5.07 ERA/-11 RSAA in 5 career games, including a 6.88 ERA/-4 RSAA in 3 games with the 2004 Redsox.

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