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November 12, 2005


Back on Wednesday while I was sleeping, Texas signed pitcher Rick Bauer and outfielder Adrian Brown to minor-league contracts.

Nice little pickups for Oklahoma. Bauer turns 29 in January and has a career ERA of 4.58 (ERA+ of 97) in 240 innings with Baltimore. He has a fine ground/fly ratio of 1.50, though that has translated into keeping the ball in the park. Bauer is mediocre, to be sure, but he nicely fills the role of fallback long reliever in case someone gets hurt or can’t keep his ERA under six.

Brown looks like Jason Conti’s replacement. He has a line of .260/.328/.344 in eight part-time seasons with Pittsburgh, Boston and Kansas City. He spent the entirety of 2005 in AAA Omaha and batted .273/.361/.401. Decent average, good patience, minimal power.

Posted by Lucas at November 12, 2005 12:06 PM