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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
19 345 1697 109 96 0 4.41 6
Birth Date12-3-1970
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age48 years, 10 months, 16 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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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
1995 NYN MLB 17 0 22.0 2 0 0 18 7 26 1 95 7.4 2.9 0.4 10.6 0% .304 1.14 2.38 2.05 66 2.51 51.4 0.7
1996 NYN MLB 38 0 46.7 1 2 0 48 21 31 7 99 9.3 4.1 1.4 6.0 0% .283 1.48 5.06 4.24 101 5.08 100.2 0.2
1997 ATL MLB 31 4 53.0 4 4 0 47 28 37 6 98 8.0 4.8 1.0 6.3 0% .255 1.42 4.96 5.26 107 4.79 99.7 0.4
1998 ATL 0 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 134 18.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 0% .444 2.50 3.56 13.50 95 5.30 109.7 0.0
1998 PHI 0 8 8 55.0 5 2 0 41 17 38 6 100 6.7 2.8 1.0 6.2 0% .217 1.05 4.02 2.29 104 4.91 101.8 0.6
1999 PHI MLB 32 32 199.7 15 11 0 205 70 106 34 98 9.2 3.2 1.5 4.8 0% .265 1.38 5.53 4.60 115 5.92 115.1 0.8
2000 PHI MLB 17 15 83.0 2 9 0 89 35 53 17 104 9.7 3.8 1.8 5.7 0% .274 1.49 5.81 6.51 112 5.14 99.0 1.0
2001 KCA 0 16 15 93.3 6 6 0 110 22 49 11 102 10.6 2.1 1.1 4.7 0% .313 1.41 4.31 4.05 117 5.92 122.8 -0.1
2001 PHI 0 3 1 10.0 0 1 0 10 4 3 1 97 9.0 3.6 0.9 2.7 0% .250 1.40 5.20 8.10 86 3.75 77.8 0.2
2002 KCA MLB 33 33 228.3 17 11 0 224 38 129 36 106 8.8 1.5 1.4 5.1 0% .259 1.15 4.56 3.90 112 5.47 117.5 0.3
2004 ATL MLB 19 19 114.3 8 7 0 123 19 79 18 92 9.7 1.5 1.4 6.2 0% .288 1.24 4.16 3.94 97 3.75 77.3 2.6
2005 ANA MLB 31 31 204.3 12 11 0 216 28 102 22 96 9.5 1.2 1.0 4.5 0% .284 1.19 3.96 3.74 101 4.43 95.4 2.5
2006 CLE MLB 31 31 179.0 10 9 0 232 38 88 26 107 11.7 1.9 1.3 4.4 0% .318 1.51 4.82 4.88 108 6.98 142.2 -2.3
2007 CLE MLB 31 31 192.3 15 8 0 239 28 88 27 99 11.2 1.3 1.3 4.1 0% .309 1.39 4.74 4.59 109 5.68 117.6 0.1
2008 BOS 0 8 8 49.0 4 2 0 58 10 26 8 108 10.7 1.8 1.5 4.8 0% .309 1.39 4.95 4.78 111 6.08 129.7 -0.3
2008 CLE 0 22 22 131.0 7 10 0 146 24 56 23 101 10.0 1.6 1.6 3.8 0% .276 1.30 5.24 4.53 115 5.69 121.4 -0.2
2009 BOS MLB 7 6 34.0 1 3 0 47 11 11 4 114 12.4 2.9 1.1 2.9 0% .333 1.71 4.98 5.82 121 6.87 147.3 -0.5
1998 TOT MLB 9 8 57.0 5 2 0 45 18 39 6 101 7.1 2.8 0.9 6.2 0% .000 1.11 4.01 2.68 104 4.93 102.1 0.6
2001 TOT MLB 19 16 103.3 6 7 0 120 26 52 12 102 10.5 2.3 1.0 4.5 0% .000 1.41 4.40 4.44 114 5.71 118.5 0.1
2008 TOT MLB 30 30 180.0 11 12 0 204 34 82 31 103 10.2 1.7 1.6 4.1 0% .000 1.32 5.16 4.60 114 5.80 123.6 -0.5
CareerMLB3452561697.010996018574019232471019.82.11.34.941%.2861.334.734.411095.44112.46.0

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-
1991 KIN A+ CRL 14 11 62.7 4 3 0 40 36 62 7 5.7 5.2 1.0 8.9 0% .000 1.21 4.12 3.16 0 0.00 0.0
1992 CAN AA EAS 24 24 152.3 14 6 0 122 75 118 4 7.2 4.4 0.2 7.0 0% .000 1.29 3.30 3.01 0 0.00 0.0
1993 CAN AA EAS 2 1 10.0 0 0 0 7 3 8 1 6.3 2.7 0.9 7.2 0% .000 1.00 3.77 3.60 0 0.00 0.0
1993 CHR AAA INT 14 14 81.0 7 4 0 80 30 54 9 8.9 3.3 1.0 6.0 0% .000 1.36 4.41 4.00 0 0.00 0.0
1994 CAN AA EAS 21 20 139.3 5 9 0 135 52 106 10 8.7 3.4 0.6 6.8 0% .000 1.34 3.70 3.81 0 0.00 0.0
1994 CHR AAA INT 9 4 36.7 2 2 1 33 11 15 5 8.1 2.7 1.2 3.7 0% .000 1.20 4.91 3.92 0 0.00 0.0
1995 NYN MLB NL 17 0 22.0 2 0 0 18 7 26 1 95 7.4 2.9 0.4 10.6 0% .304 1.14 2.38 2.05 66 2.51 51.4
1995 NOR AAA INT 22 10 87.0 3 5 6 71 21 61 6 7.3 2.2 0.6 6.3 0% .000 1.06 3.40 2.79 0 0.00 0.0
1996 NYN MLB NL 38 0 46.7 1 2 0 48 21 31 7 99 9.3 4.1 1.4 6.0 0% .283 1.48 5.06 4.24 101 5.08 100.2
1996 NOR AAA INT 5 0 7.7 2 0 1 4 4 8 0 4.7 4.7 0.0 9.4 0% .000 1.04 2.93 3.51 0 0.00 0.0
1997 ATL MLB NL 31 4 53.0 4 4 0 47 28 37 6 98 8.0 4.8 1.0 6.3 0% .255 1.42 4.96 5.26 107 4.79 99.7
1997 GWN AAA INT 3 3 17.0 2 1 0 14 1 14 2 7.4 0.5 1.1 7.4 0% .261 0.88 3.46 3.18 0 0.00 0.0
1998 ATL MLB NL 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 134 18.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 0% .444 2.50 3.56 13.50 95 5.30 109.7
1998 PHI MLB NL 8 8 55.0 5 2 0 41 17 38 6 100 6.7 2.8 1.0 6.2 0% .217 1.05 4.02 2.29 104 4.91 101.8
1998 GWN AAA INT 17 17 102.3 5 5 0 92 36 84 9 8.1 3.2 0.8 7.4 0% -.634 1.25 3.89 3.70 0 0.00 0.0
1999 PHI MLB NL 32 32 199.7 15 11 0 205 70 106 34 98 9.2 3.2 1.5 4.8 0% .265 1.38 5.53 4.60 115 5.92 115.1
2000 PHI MLB NL 17 15 83.0 2 9 0 89 35 53 17 104 9.7 3.8 1.8 5.7 0% .274 1.49 5.81 6.51 112 5.14 99.0
2000 SWB AAA INT 3 3 26.0 2 0 0 20 6 10 2 6.9 2.1 0.7 3.5 0% -1.000 1.00 4.06 1.73 0 0.00 0.0
2001 KCA MLB AL 16 15 93.3 6 6 0 110 22 49 11 102 10.6 2.1 1.1 4.7 0% .313 1.41 4.31 4.05 117 5.92 122.8
2001 PHI MLB NL 3 1 10.0 0 1 0 10 4 3 1 97 9.0 3.6 0.9 2.7 0% .250 1.40 5.20 8.10 86 3.75 77.8
2001 CLR A+ FSL 4 4 23.7 0 3 0 24 5 17 1 9.1 1.9 0.4 6.5 0% -1.000 1.22 2.94 3.42 0 0.00 0.0
2001 SWB AAA INT 5 5 37.0 1 3 0 34 7 35 4 8.3 1.7 1.0 8.5 0% -.652 1.11 3.24 3.65 0 0.00 0.0
2002 KCA MLB AL 33 33 228.3 17 11 0 224 38 129 36 106 8.8 1.5 1.4 5.1 0% .259 1.15 4.56 3.90 112 5.47 117.5
2003 GRN AA SOU 1 1 4.3 0 0 0 8 1 3 1 16.7 2.1 2.1 6.3 0% .389 2.09 5.39 8.37 0 0.00 0.0
2004 ATL MLB NL 19 19 114.3 8 7 0 123 19 79 18 92 9.7 1.5 1.4 6.2 0% .288 1.24 4.16 3.94 97 3.75 77.3
2004 GRN AA SOU 3 3 12.7 1 1 0 13 5 8 2 9.2 3.5 1.4 5.7 0% .289 1.42 5.59 7.09 0 0.00 0.0
2004 GWN AAA INT 1 1 4.7 0 1 0 3 2 5 0 5.7 3.8 0.0 9.6 0% .231 1.06 2.40 7.66 0 0.00 0.0
2005 ANA MLB AL 31 31 204.3 12 11 0 216 28 102 22 96 9.5 1.2 1.0 4.5 0% .284 1.19 3.96 3.74 101 4.43 95.4
2006 CLE MLB AL 31 31 179.0 10 9 0 232 38 88 26 107 11.7 1.9 1.3 4.4 0% .318 1.51 4.82 4.88 108 6.98 142.2
2007 CLE MLB AL 31 31 192.3 15 8 0 239 28 88 27 99 11.2 1.3 1.3 4.1 0% .309 1.39 4.74 4.59 109 5.68 117.6
2008 BOS MLB AL 8 8 49.0 4 2 0 58 10 26 8 108 10.7 1.8 1.5 4.8 0% .309 1.39 4.95 4.78 111 6.08 129.7
2008 CLE MLB AL 22 22 131.0 7 10 0 146 24 56 23 101 10.0 1.6 1.6 3.8 0% .276 1.30 5.24 4.53 115 5.69 121.4
2009 BOS MLB AL 7 6 34.0 1 3 0 47 11 11 4 114 12.4 2.9 1.1 2.9 0% .333 1.71 4.98 5.82 121 6.87 147.3
2009 PAW AAA INT 2 2 11.0 0 1 0 9 1 7 1 96 7.4 0.8 0.8 5.7 0% .235 0.91 3.60 3.27 91 3.72 78.3
2009 RSX Rk GCL 2 2 7.0 0 1 0 10 0 3 1 95 12.9 0.0 1.3 3.9 0% .321 1.43 4.74 5.14 100 5.53 116.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 2501 0.5642 0.4886 0.8707 0.6414 0.2908 0.9138 0.7476 0.1293
2009 555 0.5856 0.4739 0.8783 0.6277 0.2565 0.9069 0.7797 0.1217
Career30560.56810.48590.87210.63890.28460.91250.75340.1279

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
2005-08-12 2005-08-21 DTD 9 9 - Low Back Spasms - -
2005-06-14 2005-06-20 DTD 6 5 Right Upper Arm Tightness Triceps - -
2004-03-21 2004-06-19 60-DL 90 66 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-07-01 -
2003-07-01 2003-07-01 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2003-04-11 -
2003-03-21 2003-10-06 60-DL 199 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-07-01 -
2002-06-13 2002-06-22 DTD 9 7 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2001-09-22 2001-10-07 60-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Recovery From Previous Injury Strain - -
2001-09-07 2001-09-22 DTD 15 7 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2001-07-08 2001-07-15 DTD 7 4 Right Arm Fatigue - -
2000-07-27 2000-10-02 60-DL 67 63 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2000-08-02 -
2000-05-04 2000-05-14 DTD 10 9 Right Groin Strain - -
1999-09-20 1999-09-26 DTD 6 6 Right Arm Fatigue - -
1999-08-14 1999-08-24 DTD 10 9 - Low Back Spasms - -
1996-03-25 1996-06-11 60-DL 78 61 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 CLE $8,000,000
2007 CLE $7,000,000
2006 CLE $7,000,000
2005 ANA $5,000,000
2004 ATL $7,000,000
2003 ATL $3,000,000
2002 KCA $850,000
2001 PHI $600,000
2000 PHI $1,885,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$40,335,000
9 yrTotal$40,335,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 108 dBo McKinnis

Details
  • 1 year (2009). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 8/6/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 8/30/09.
  • 2 years/$14.25M (2006-07), plus 2008 club option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/05. 06:$7M, 07:$7M, 08:$7.5M club option ($0.25M buyout). 2008 option may increase to $11M, with $1M buyout, based on finish in 2006 or 2007 Cy Young vote. $0.1M All Star award bonus. Suite on road. Cleveland exercised $7.5M 2008 option 11/6/07. Acquired by Boston in trade from Cleveland 8/12/08.
  • 1 year/$5M (2005). Signed as a free agent 12/04. $0.5M signing bonus, 05:$4.5M.
  • 2 years/$10M (2003-04). 03:$3M, 04:$7M player option ($2M buyout) (declined). Signed as a free agent 12/02.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2002). $1.15M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2001). $1.6M in performance bonuses, including $0.75M for 33 GS. Non-tendered 12/01.

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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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Byrd opted not to sign with a team following the 2008 season, preferring instead to sell himself as a mid-season reinforcement after spending a rare spring with his family. He finally hooked on with the Red Sox in August, made four preparatory starts in the minors in which he walked one man in 18 innings, then returned to the majors with six shutout innings against the Blue Jays on August 30. That was as good as it got; Byrd posted a 7.07 ERA in September and was dropped from the rotation in the last week of the season. Byrd is a fly-ball pitcher who canít strike anyone out and whose offerings are raw meat for hungry lefties. He thought about retiring during his extended offseason last year, and AL batters gave him further cause over this winter.
2009 Byrd's ERA in 2008 may be almost identical to that of 2007, but looking a little deeper suggests that the 13-year vet may be on the way out. His home-run rate, already higher than was safe given his pitch-to-contact style, increased further, and his BABIP was lower than it should have been, a blessing in the present that could haunt Byrd in the future. Lefties tomahawked him at a .317/.361/.529 clip, and he survived by holding right handers to a .283 OBP, but everybody hit him hard: left-handers had a isolated power of .212, righties .169, and his overall ISO of .191 ranked ninth in the majors (150 innings and up division). Heading into his age-38 season, the most to be hoped for is that Byrd continues to crank out innings at modest cost and doesn't decline any further from his already precarious position.
2008 It's a pretty simple formula for Byrd: don't walk anybody and get some help from the defense. That gets him a little success here and there, and nothing more is really expected of him. The Indians picked up his 2008 option for $8 million, and in today's market, that might be a bargain for a guy who reliably gives you six innings (which he did in 23 of 31 starts last year) and keeps the team in the ball game.
2007 The Indians couldn`t have expected more than a solid innings eater when they signed Byrd to a two-year, $14.25-million contract last December, but he failed to live up to even that modest standard in the first year of his deal. Byrd always gave up a lot of hits, but his pinpoint control typically made up for it. That worked when opposing batters hit .270 or so against him, but proved to be more difficult when they hit .308, as in 2006. It`s hard to figure out what`s a fluke season and what`s an actual downturn with these Bob Tewksbury types; Byrd allowed a goodly number of line drives in 2006, but the Indians defense didn`t do him any favors. He should get closer to a league-average ERA in 2007, but another 2005 seems unlikely.
2006 Having signed with the Indians, Byrd will don his fifth uniform since 2001. Byrd will travel for work, but his arm has historically refused to accompany him. This has made him an option that teams prefer to rent rather than buy. Byrd has great control; he hasn`t averaged two walks per nine since 2001. As a pitcher who allows a lot of balls in play, he made a good call by moving to a team with a solid defense. The Indians` two-year deal with a club option for a third season gives him, at 35, the best job security he`s ever had. Seven million per year seems to have become the going rate for good non-aces, but Byrd is, to put it in poker terms, a decent value bet, at best.
2005 This was supposed to be his "lost" year, right? Despite coming off reconstructive elbow surgery, Byrd posted a K/BB ratio of better than 4.0 in 19 starts. He's always had homer proclivities, but if the strides he's made in terms of command are genuine, he'll get by. A nifty addition to the Angels' rotation in 2005.
2004 In the aftermath of serious injury, it is often a pitcher's command, not his velocity, that is last to recover. If that's the case ere, then Byrd could be in some serious trouble; Paul Byrd without his command is a batting practice pitcher. The offseason reports on his health were not promising, pegging his return for mid-season at the earliest.
2003 The Steve Carlton comparisons were a little absurd, but Byrd did become the first pitcher to win 17 games for a 100-loss team since Ned Garver of the 1951 Browns. Byrdís success was strictly of the chuck-and-duck variety; he almost became the first American League pitcher ever to surrender more home runs (36) than walks (38). As it was, Rick Reed, with 32 home runs and 26 walks, got there first. He was extremely hit-lucky, giving up 33 fewer hits than expected, and regardless of how much success he finds under Leo Mazzone, he was unlikely to approach his 2002 performance again in a Royalsí uniform. With an extra first round draft pick and all the money earmarked for Byrd tucked away, the Royals wonít miss him nearly as much as they think they will.
2002 Byrd had a good run after coming over from the Phillies, claiming it was because of a screwball he'd added. He did make 11 good starts in his first 12 with the Royals, but his shoulder couldn't handle the success, and he was shut down in early September. Screwball or no, he's horrid against left-handed batters. All things considered, he can probably be a good reliever.
2001 His hunched-over, herky-jerky motion and some appearances out of the bullpen between starts finally caught up to Paul Byrd as his shoulder fell apart. The Phillies yanked him from the 40-man roster, which certainly indicates they donít expect him back. Look for him to resurface as a reliever.
2000 Heís not as good as he looked before the All-Star break, but he should be a solid bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher if heís handled properly. Like the entire rotation, he was overworked early in the season and wore out by mid-August.
1999 So Terry Francona keeps claiming that you "can't find a 20-game winner" on waivers, which is only true if your offense is incapable of creating a 20-game winner. Byrd may not be an ace, but he is and has always been a capable pitcher who can be a #4 starter for the Phils next year. They can use one of those. Terry: You'd be amazed what you can find on waivers. Just ask Omar Daal.
1998 Byrdís peripheral stats were considerably better than his ERA would indicate. That number was spoiled by a handful of particularly dreadful outings. He was acquired for Greg McMichael in a cost-cutting move, and was pretty much the same pitcher he was in 1996. Perceived as a major league reliever now, heíll bounce around as staff filler for a while. Minimal upside.
1997 His fastball is his only good pitch, so the Mets tried to convert him to relief in 1995 (he wasnít exactly tearing through the league as a starter, so why not?) It worked in 1995, but not quite so good this year. Traded to Atlanta.
1996  Byrd made steady progress through the Indians' system before being acquired by the Mets in the Dave Mlicki/Jeromy Burnitz deal. He had an excellent year at Norfolk and did well in a late-season audition in New York, which may have won him a job in the Mets' bullpen for 1996. He certainly deserves the opportunity.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)porcello walks too many? and joba doesn't? you can really make a straight faced arguement that joba is a better pitcher right now? just looked at the numbers, and the 20 year old kid looks better
(ct tiger from ct)
Rick Porcello is currently striking out 4.97 batter per nine innings, a rate that Paul Byrd would even laugh at. Walking 2.94 per nine is nice, but not by comparison to the strikeout rates. He has a 56% GB rate meaning he is very dependent on the team's defense. Joba is not in the same boat, and I feel that it is more likely Joba decreases his walks than Porcello increases the whiffs. (Eric Seidman)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, what do you see happening over the waiver wires in the next month? And can I still dump Jack Wilson for more prospects, or do I need to wait until the winter?
(NealH from Pittsburgh, PA)
I have it on good authority that Jeff Conine will come out of retirement for the express purpose of being included in a waiver deal.

Beyond that I think we can expect to see action on some of the aforementioned Mariners, maybe some junk from the Orioles (Millar, Payton, Mora, Huff) or the Giants (Aurilia, Winn). Paul Byrd, Greg Maddux, maybe either Pierre or Andruw if the Dodgers are willing to eat a whole lot of salary.
Jack Wilson can probably be dumped for prospects if you're willing to eat salary, but given what he's locked in for ($6.5M this year, $7.25M in 2009, $8.4M/0.6M club option in 2010) I don't think he's all that appealing or will draw much in the way of prospects. Thank your predecessor once again. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that we got a nice haul for CC, who else can we get some prospects for?
(Miguel from Cleveland)
Obviously they'll be lesser deals, but I bet they find something at least decent for Paul Byrd and Casey Blake. Not exactly the Killer B's, but someone will pay. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me the Phillies will be agressive and land Sabathia or Bedard and not settle for a mediocre pitcher like Paul Byrd or Randy Wolf this year!
(Ruben Gillbuckle from Philadelphia)
The Phillies don't have near enough to offer for a guy like Sabathia. They'll be in the mix for second-tier bait, but that's it. (Dayn Perry)


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