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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
17 255 1357 56 100 0 4.99 2.6
Birth Date10-27-1973
Height6' 6"
Weight225 lbs
Age45 years, 11 months, 21 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1997 PIT MLB 3 0 6.0 0 0 0 10 1 3 2 101 15.0 1.5 3.0 4.5 0% .381 1.83 6.90 6.00 105 6.04 125.7 0.0
1998 TBA MLB 13 13 60.0 2 5 0 74 27 36 9 95 11.1 4.1 1.4 5.4 0% .327 1.68 5.47 5.70 132 8.66 179.3 -1.8
1999 BAL MLB 22 21 115.3 8 7 0 120 55 71 16 97 9.4 4.3 1.2 5.5 0% .281 1.52 5.27 5.46 120 7.28 141.6 -1.2
2000 BAL MLB 25 13 107.7 1 10 0 119 61 79 21 84 9.9 5.1 1.8 6.6 0% .292 1.67 6.10 7.02 120 7.08 136.2 -1.0
2001 BAL MLB 32 32 196.0 10 12 0 194 77 114 28 93 8.9 3.5 1.3 5.2 0% .266 1.38 5.16 4.09 115 5.98 124.0 -0.3
2002 BAL MLB 22 22 131.3 5 14 0 141 41 97 19 97 9.7 2.8 1.3 6.6 0% .307 1.39 4.53 4.59 106 4.89 104.9 1.0
2003 BAL MLB 32 32 189.7 10 10 0 216 80 118 22 98 10.2 3.8 1.0 5.6 0% .309 1.56 4.78 4.18 109 5.72 119.9 0.0
2004 DET MLB 33 33 196.7 8 15 0 222 60 125 22 102 10.2 2.7 1.0 5.7 0% .309 1.43 4.33 5.13 96 4.49 92.6 2.8
2005 DET MLB 33 33 210.0 8 13 0 233 49 93 23 101 10.0 2.1 1.0 4.0 0% .293 1.34 4.36 4.54 103 4.52 97.2 2.4
2006 BOS 0 6 6 29.3 0 4 0 41 13 18 3 105 12.6 4.0 0.9 5.5 0% .362 1.84 4.82 7.36 96 5.05 102.8 0.2
2006 CIN 0 4 0 8.7 0 0 0 11 0 4 1 97 11.4 0.0 1.0 4.2 0% .313 1.27 4.02 3.12 87 2.32 47.4 0.3
2006 CLE 0 14 14 77.0 3 8 0 108 22 32 10 110 12.6 2.6 1.2 3.7 0% .348 1.69 4.97 5.96 96 6.05 123.2 -0.2
2008 LAN MLB 16 2 29.3 1 2 0 32 12 20 5 95 9.8 3.7 1.5 6.1 0% .297 1.50 5.38 5.22 99 4.25 90.7 0.4
2006 TOT MLB 24 20 115.0 3 12 0 160 35 54 14 108 12.5 2.7 1.1 4.2 0% .000 1.70 4.86 6.10 95 5.51 112.3 0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1993 WEL A- NYP 6 6 35.0 1 5 0 33 9 19 0 8.5 2.3 0.0 4.9 0% .000 1.20 3.33 4.63 0 0.00 0.0
1994 AUG A SAL 20 19 102.7 2 12 0 119 32 69 5 10.4 2.8 0.4 6.0 0% .000 1.47 3.63 4.03 0 0.00 0.0
1995 AUG A SAL 11 11 53.7 3 5 0 57 17 42 2 9.6 2.8 0.3 7.0 0% .000 1.38 3.16 4.36 0 0.00 0.0
1995 LYN A+ CRL 10 10 55.0 1 4 0 58 20 41 9 9.5 3.3 1.5 6.7 0% .000 1.42 4.66 4.91 0 0.00 0.0
1996 AUG A SAL 14 14 84.0 4 4 0 82 25 83 2 8.8 2.7 0.2 8.9 0% .000 1.27 2.52 3.11 0 0.00 0.0
1996 LYN A+ CRL 15 5 44.3 1 4 0 56 12 27 6 11.4 2.4 1.2 5.5 0% .000 1.53 4.60 6.50 0 0.00 0.0
1997 PIT MLB NL 3 0 6.0 0 0 0 10 1 3 2 101 15.0 1.5 3.0 4.5 0% .381 1.83 6.90 6.00 105 6.04 125.7
1997 LYN A+ CRL 17 17 99.3 8 4 0 98 30 92 4 8.9 2.7 0.4 8.3 0% .337 1.29 3.02 3.72 0 0.00 0.0
1997 CAR AA SOU 9 9 57.3 3 3 0 56 16 63 6 8.8 2.5 0.9 9.9 0% .316 1.26 3.55 4.08 0 0.00 0.0
1998 TBA MLB AL 13 13 60.0 2 5 0 74 27 36 9 95 11.1 4.1 1.4 5.4 0% .327 1.68 5.47 5.70 132 8.66 179.3
1998 DUR AAA INT 2 2 12.3 1 0 0 6 2 14 2 4.4 1.5 1.5 10.2 0% -.222 0.65 3.60 2.93 0 0.00 0.0
1999 BAL MLB AL 22 21 115.3 8 7 0 120 55 71 16 97 9.4 4.3 1.2 5.5 0% .281 1.52 5.27 5.46 120 7.28 141.6
1999 ROC AAA INT 8 8 44.3 4 2 0 35 27 47 6 7.1 5.5 1.2 9.5 0% -.363 1.40 4.89 3.66 0 0.00 0.0
2000 BAL MLB AL 25 13 107.7 1 10 0 119 61 79 21 84 9.9 5.1 1.8 6.6 0% .292 1.67 6.10 7.02 120 7.08 136.2
2000 ROC AAA INT 8 8 55.0 3 1 0 32 21 56 2 5.2 3.4 0.3 9.2 0% -.380 0.96 2.72 1.47 0 0.00 0.0
2001 BAL MLB AL 32 32 196.0 10 12 0 194 77 114 28 93 8.9 3.5 1.3 5.2 0% .266 1.38 5.16 4.09 115 5.98 124.0
2002 BAL MLB AL 22 22 131.3 5 14 0 141 41 97 19 97 9.7 2.8 1.3 6.6 0% .307 1.39 4.53 4.59 106 4.89 104.9
2002 BOW AA EAS 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 4 1 6 0 7.2 1.8 0.0 10.8 0% .308 1.00 1.38 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 BAL MLB AL 32 32 189.7 10 10 0 216 80 118 22 98 10.2 3.8 1.0 5.6 0% .309 1.56 4.78 4.18 109 5.72 119.9
2004 DET MLB AL 33 33 196.7 8 15 0 222 60 125 22 102 10.2 2.7 1.0 5.7 0% .309 1.43 4.33 5.13 96 4.49 92.6
2005 DET MLB AL 33 33 210.0 8 13 0 233 49 93 23 101 10.0 2.1 1.0 4.0 0% .293 1.34 4.36 4.54 103 4.52 97.2
2006 BOS MLB AL 6 6 29.3 0 4 0 41 13 18 3 105 12.6 4.0 0.9 5.5 0% .362 1.84 4.82 7.36 96 5.05 102.8
2006 CIN MLB NL 4 0 8.7 0 0 0 11 0 4 1 97 11.4 0.0 1.0 4.2 0% .313 1.27 4.02 3.12 87 2.32 47.4
2006 CLE MLB AL 14 14 77.0 3 8 0 108 22 32 10 110 12.6 2.6 1.2 3.7 0% .348 1.69 4.97 5.96 96 6.05 123.2
2006 WIL A+ CRL 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 10 0 1 0 90 12.9 0.0 0.0 1.3 0% .345 1.43 2.88 5.14 101 7.17 150.5
2006 LOU AAA INT 1 1 5.2 0 1 0 6 1 2 1 97 10.4 1.7 1.7 3.5 0% .263 1.35 5.38 8.65 101 5.52 115.8
2006 PAW AAA INT 3 3 19.2 2 0 0 15 6 12 1 97 7.0 2.8 0.5 5.6 0% .241 1.09 3.44 3.28 105 4.63 97.2
2007 SEI npb JPL 7 7 41.3 1 4 0 44 10 19 4 9.6 2.2 0.9 4.1 0% .284 1.31 4.17 4.36 0 0.00 0.0
2008 LAN MLB NL 16 2 29.3 1 2 0 32 12 20 5 95 9.8 3.7 1.5 6.1 0% .297 1.50 5.38 5.22 99 4.25 90.7
2008 LVG AAA PCL 20 16 113.0 11 5 0 127 30 95 15 123 10.1 2.4 1.2 7.6 0% .323 1.39 4.45 3.82 88 3.30 67.6
2009 TRN AA EAS 2 2 8.7 0 2 0 20 4 8 3 94 20.7 4.1 3.1 8.3 0% .515 2.76 7.15 14.48 118 10.50 220.8
2009 SWB AAA INT 7 7 37.7 2 2 0 49 16 14 4 102 11.7 3.8 1.0 3.3 0% .319 1.72 5.14 5.49 122 6.95 146.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 479 0.4864 0.4217 0.8366 0.5794 0.2724 0.9185 0.6716 0.1634
Career4790.48640.42170.83660.57940.27240.91850.67160.1634

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-25 2009-09-18 Minors 55 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2009-04-28 2009-06-27 Minors 60 0 Right Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum -
2002-07-23 2002-08-09 15-DL 17 15 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2002-04-25 2002-06-07 15-DL 43 37 Right Fingers Fracture Chip Fracture Middle Finger -
1998-07-04 1998-09-29 60-DL 87 78 - Low Back Stiffness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 CLE $3,500,000
2005 DET $4,000,000
2004 DET $3,000,000
2003 BAL $2,900,000
2002 BAL $1,800,000
2001 BAL $350,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$15,550,000
6 yrTotal$15,550,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 23 dAlan Nero

Details
  • signed as a free agent from LAD 08-09 (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 7/18/08
  • signed as a free agent from Japan 07-08 (minor-league contract)
  • signed with Seibu Lions of Japan, signed as a free agent from CIN 1/07, 1 year/$2.9M (07)
  • contract purchased 9/06 signed as a free agent from BOS 8/06 (minor-league contract)
  • designated for assignment 8/06 recalled 8/06 optioned A 7/06 acquired in trade from CLE 6/06 (CLE paying most of $2.2M left on contract)
  • designated for assignment 6/06 signed as a free agent from DET 12/05, 1 year/$4M (06)+07 mutual option, 06:$3.5M, 07:$M mutual option $0.5M buyout (not pd if club ex 07 opt, player declined & had <205 innings pitched 06
  • $2M/year bonuses: $0.4M games started ($0.1M each 29,31 games started, $0.2M 33 games started) & $1.6M innings pitched ($0.1M 175,185 innings pitched, $0.15M 190,195 innings pitched, $0.2M 200,205 innings pitched, $0.3M 210 innings pitched, $0.4M 215M)
  • signed as a free agent from BAL 12/03, 2 year/$7M (04-05)+$0.5M bonuses, 04:$3M, 05:$4M
  • non-tendered 12/03
  • 2 year/$4.7M (02-03) 02:$1.8M, 03:$2.9M
  • $0.6M avail in bonuses over life of k
  • avoided arbitration 1/02

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 After spending 2007 as a Seibu Lion, Jason Johnson returned stateside and bided his time in Las Vegas for half the season before joining the Dodgers as a long reliever/spot starter; if he didn’t pitch all that well, at least he didn’t pitch all that often.
2005 OPS against:

YearOverallRunners in Scoring Position
2003774686
2004772898


Is a table worth 100 words? Johnson's hit rate, strikeout rate and home-run rate were left essentially unchanged from 2003. He gave up a few more doubles and triples, but compensated by walking one fewer hitter per appearance. And yet, his ERA was up nearly a full point, simply because he gave up what he gave up at inopportune times. Johnson's true level of ability lies somewhere in between his past two seasons. Regardless, the hope is that the Tigers won't need to sign third-tier free agents like this as their farm system becomes more robust.
2004 On a team with a boatload of up-and-coming pitching prospects, Johnson was the odd man out, and was non-tendered in December. He's an average or slightly below-average major league starter, with moderate (but not great) durability, a battler who's had to fight his way past a severe obstacle (diabetes) to become a major leaguer. He was also being paid almost $3 million to be an average-to-slightly below starter, which makes him a textbook example of the type of player who should be non-tendered to avoid arbitration.
2003 Johnson’s season was considered a disappointment. It was loaded with injuries: a dead arm in April, a broken finger in May, elbow tendonitis in July, and another broken finger in September. In some respects, though, it was better than his “breakthrough” 2001, with more strikeouts and fewer walks. The big difference was that he allowed 14 fewer hits than expected, given his balls in play and the team’s defense, in 2001, against 8 more than expected in 2002. Balance those out, and that leaves him as an average major league pitcher, and there’s a lot of fates worse than that.
2002 Why did Johnson have his best season? First, he's a fly-ball pitcher, and prior to the season the Orioles moved the Camden Yards fences back six to 20 feet, depending on the direction. The result? Johnson's home-run rate at home last year was just .87 per nine innings, compared to 1.74 on the road. That's a drop from 2000, when it was 1.91 at home and 1.61 on the road. Why did he collapse after August 1? His last nine starts were against the Blue Jays, Red Sox, A's, and Yankees.
2001 The good luck finally deserted Jason Johnson. Statistically, his performance wasn’t much different from his 1998 and 1999 seasons, except that the timing changed. The ratio of his EqA with men on base to his EqA with the bases empty was a very good .983 coming into the 2000 season. The ratio jumped to a horrific 1.240 last year. Unless the experience broke his confidence completely, he’ll return to his normal self: a pitcher who is 0.50-1.00 runs per game worse than average.
2000 He was traded for Danny Clyburn in the spring, and the O’s got the better of the deal. Johnson is a late bloomer, toiling for five years in the minors before suddenly catapulting from A ball to the majors in 1997, and he still looks like he's learning how to pitch. He finished the season strong, winning his last five decisions to finish above .500. I'm not sure why, but I've got a good feeling about him going into 2000.
1998 Johnson is a huge man, and you know how scouts love big pitchers. He wasn’t 6'6" coming out of high school, which is why the Pirates got him as an undrafted free agent. He never made it past the Carolina League in his first four minor-league seasons, but finally put a few things together this year and shot up to the majors. His control has always been decent, but his strikeout rates went through the roof and he was effective enough in Pittsburgh to warrant a shot at the pen. Otherwise, he’s ticketed for Durham’s rotation for ’98.

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