With a mid-90s sinker and a hard slider, Tavarez has posted ERA+ of 116, 176 and 125 since returning to the bullpen in 2002. He's a righty killer, holding them to a .611 OPS (including a .318 SLG) from 2003-05 (righties did slightly better, with a .753 OPS). Over the last three years, he has held all batters to .253/.317/.342.
His OPS Against stats were a bit higher than that average in 2005, though: .727 vs RH and .823 vs LH.
And he and Manny Ramirez were close in Cleveland. From an article in Newsday from May 16, 1995:
A couple years ago, Ramirez and teammate Julian Tavarez asked a sportswriter if they could borrow $70,000 so they could buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. "That's just Manny being Manny," Hargrove said.Plus, we learn that the expression "Manny being Manny" is nearly 11 years old.
Right now, we have a pretty solid staff:
Schilling, Beckett, Clement, Wells, Wakefield(with Hansen, Delcarmen, DiNardo and others down the road in Pawtucket). However, I have to assume the club is not done and someone -- Wells, Arroyo, and/or Mota -- will be gone by April.
Foulke, Timlin, Mota, Seanez, Tavarez, Papelbon, Arroyo
Also: Kevin Millar agreed to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Orioles.