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Birth Date3-23-1979
Height6' 2"
Weight240 lbs
Age38 years, 11 months, 0 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.22014
-1.32015
2016
2017
0.12018
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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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2000 CHA MLB 28 3 51.3 4 1 0 55 19 37 5 .259 94 9.6 3.3 0.9 6.5 52% .311 .266 1.44 4.33 4.21 97 4.64 89.2 0.7
2001 CHA MLB 32 32 221.3 16 8 0 188 48 126 24 .261 102 7.6 2.0 1.0 5.1 50% .242 .224 1.07 4.12 3.29 93 3.30 68.5 6.1
2002 CHA MLB 34 34 239.0 19 12 0 236 61 134 25 .260 102 8.9 2.3 0.9 5.0 57% .277 .240 1.24 4.09 3.58 101 3.98 85.5 4.3
2003 CHA MLB 35 35 230.3 14 14 0 250 61 119 22 .264 99 9.8 2.4 0.9 4.6 47% .296 .260 1.35 4.16 4.14 101 4.38 91.9 3.5
2004 CHA MLB 35 35 245.3 16 10 0 257 51 165 33 .259 106 9.4 1.9 1.2 6.1 50% .295 .243 1.26 4.28 3.89 89 3.39 69.9 6.4
2005 CHA MLB 33 33 236.7 16 8 0 240 40 149 20 .258 102 9.1 1.5 0.8 5.7 48% .290 .233 1.18 3.44 3.12 87 3.23 69.4 6.1
2006 CHA MLB 32 32 204.0 12 13 0 247 48 98 36 .257 113 10.9 2.1 1.6 4.3 46% .307 .266 1.45 5.31 4.99 105 5.05 102.8 1.7
2007 CHA MLB 30 30 201.0 10 9 0 208 45 115 22 .261 101 9.3 2.0 1.0 5.1 45% .287 .246 1.26 4.32 3.63 95 3.71 76.8 4.4
2008 CHA MLB 34 34 218.7 15 12 0 240 52 140 22 .259 103 9.9 2.1 0.9 5.8 51% .312 .254 1.34 3.96 3.79 97 4.56 97.3 2.4
2009 CHA MLB 33 33 213.3 13 10 0 222 45 105 27 .259 106 9.4 1.9 1.1 4.4 47% .282 .248 1.25 4.50 3.84 109 4.69 100.7 2.1
2010 CHA MLB 33 33 210.3 13 13 0 246 49 99 17 .255 113 10.5 2.1 0.7 4.2 47% .313 .255 1.40 3.87 4.28 106 4.58 103.4 1.7
2011 CHA MLB 31 31 205.3 13 9 0 221 45 109 21 .258 105 9.7 2.0 0.9 4.8 47% .294 .256 1.30 4.01 3.59 113 5.42 125.9 -0.9
2012 MIA MLB 31 31 202.3 13 13 0 197 40 125 26 .254 94 8.8 1.8 1.2 5.6 43% .270 .259 1.17 4.22 3.74 112 4.61 105.6 1.4
2013 TOR MLB 33 33 203.7 12 10 0 223 51 139 24 .267 102 9.9 2.3 1.1 6.1 48% .305 .274 1.35 4.12 4.15 114 5.07 121.3 -0.3
2014 TOR MLB 32 32 202.0 13 10 0 228 46 119 15 .258 103 10.2 2.0 0.7 5.3 45% .316 .269 1.36 3.69 3.39 112 4.33 106.2 1.2
2015 TOR MLB 32 32 198.7 15 8 0 214 33 91 22 .258 101 9.7 1.5 1.0 4.1 48% .285 .267 1.24 4.23 3.81 120 5.61 131.1 -1.3
CareerMLB5184933283.3214160034727341870361.2591039.52.01.05.148%.292.2531.284.153.811034.3696.039.5

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 G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1999 BUR A 20 14 98.7 7 4 3 105 16 91 8 .000 9.6 1.5 0.7 8.3 0% -.836 .000 1.23 3.46 4.10 0 0.00 0.0
2000 CHA MLB 28 3 51.3 4 1 0 55 19 37 5 .259 94 9.6 3.3 0.9 6.5 52% .311 .266 1.44 4.33 4.21 97 4.64 89.2
2000 BIR AA 16 16 118.7 8 4 0 95 17 68 8 .000 7.2 1.3 0.6 5.2 0% -.935 .000 0.94 3.14 2.27 0 0.00 0.0
2001 CHA MLB 32 32 221.3 16 8 0 188 48 126 24 .261 102 7.6 2.0 1.0 5.1 50% .242 .224 1.07 4.12 3.29 93 3.30 68.5
2002 CHA MLB 34 34 239.0 19 12 0 236 61 134 25 .260 102 8.9 2.3 0.9 5.0 57% .277 .240 1.24 4.09 3.58 101 3.98 85.5
2003 CHA MLB 35 35 230.3 14 14 0 250 61 119 22 .264 99 9.8 2.4 0.9 4.6 47% .296 .260 1.35 4.16 4.14 101 4.38 91.9
2004 CHA MLB 35 35 245.3 16 10 0 257 51 165 33 .259 106 9.4 1.9 1.2 6.1 50% .295 .243 1.26 4.28 3.89 89 3.39 69.9
2005 CHA MLB 33 33 236.7 16 8 0 240 40 149 20 .258 102 9.1 1.5 0.8 5.7 48% .290 .233 1.18 3.44 3.12 87 3.23 69.4
2006 CHA MLB 32 32 204.0 12 13 0 247 48 98 36 .257 113 10.9 2.1 1.6 4.3 46% .307 .266 1.45 5.31 4.99 105 5.05 102.8
2007 CHA MLB 30 30 201.0 10 9 0 208 45 115 22 .261 101 9.3 2.0 1.0 5.1 45% .287 .246 1.26 4.32 3.63 95 3.71 76.8
2008 CHA MLB 34 34 218.7 15 12 0 240 52 140 22 .259 103 9.9 2.1 0.9 5.8 51% .312 .254 1.34 3.96 3.79 97 4.56 97.3
2009 CHA MLB 33 33 213.3 13 10 0 222 45 105 27 .259 106 9.4 1.9 1.1 4.4 47% .282 .248 1.25 4.50 3.84 109 4.69 100.7
2010 CHA MLB 33 33 210.3 13 13 0 246 49 99 17 .255 113 10.5 2.1 0.7 4.2 47% .313 .255 1.40 3.87 4.28 106 4.58 103.4
2011 CHA MLB 31 31 205.3 13 9 0 221 45 109 21 .258 105 9.7 2.0 0.9 4.8 47% .294 .256 1.30 4.01 3.59 113 5.42 125.9
2012 MIA MLB 31 31 202.3 13 13 0 197 40 125 26 .254 94 8.8 1.8 1.2 5.6 43% .270 .259 1.17 4.22 3.74 112 4.61 105.6
2013 TOR MLB 33 33 203.7 12 10 0 223 51 139 24 .267 102 9.9 2.3 1.1 6.1 48% .305 .274 1.35 4.12 4.15 114 5.07 121.3
2014 TOR MLB 32 32 202.0 13 10 0 228 46 119 15 .258 103 10.2 2.0 0.7 5.3 45% .316 .269 1.36 3.69 3.39 112 4.33 106.2
2015 TOR MLB 32 32 198.7 15 8 0 214 33 91 22 .258 101 9.7 1.5 1.0 4.1 48% .285 .267 1.24 4.23 3.81 120 5.61 131.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 3232 0.4842 0.4663 0.8434 0.6121 0.3293 0.9081 0.7304 0.1566
2009 3191 0.4698 0.4591 0.8464 0.6177 0.3186 0.9028 0.7495 0.1536
2010 3149 0.4868 0.4592 0.8651 0.6171 0.3094 0.9186 0.7640 0.1349
2011 3134 0.4917 0.4509 0.8415 0.6158 0.2913 0.9041 0.7134 0.1585
2012 3048 0.4787 0.4390 0.8259 0.5771 0.3121 0.8872 0.7218 0.1741
2013 3287 0.4566 0.4344 0.8235 0.6109 0.2861 0.8855 0.7123 0.1765
2014 3081 0.4998 0.4456 0.8492 0.6091 0.2823 0.9019 0.7356 0.1508
2015 2817 0.5051 0.4732 0.8792 0.6360 0.3070 0.9116 0.8107 0.1208
Career249390.48360.45320.84630.61180.30450.90230.74120.1537

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
2013-09-27 2013-09-30 DTD 3 3 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf - -
2012-04-05 2012-04-05 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Laceration Cut Opening Jar - -
2007-04-05 2007-04-05 DTD 0 0 Left Forearm Contusion -
2006-09-07 2006-09-07 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2005-03-20 2005-03-26 Camp 6 0 Left Foot Stress Reaction -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TOR $20,000,000
2014 TOR $19,000,000
2013 TOR $12,000,000
2012 MIA $7,000,000
2011 CHA $14,000,000
2010 CHA $14,000,000
2009 CHA $14,000,000
2008 CHA $14,000,000
2007 CHA $9,500,000
2006 CHA $7,750,000
2005 CHA $5,750,000
2004 CHA $3,500,000
2003 CHA $445,000
2002 CHA $310,000
2001 CHA $225,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$141,480,000
15 yrTotal$141,480,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 78 dJeff Berry4 years/$58M (2012-15)

Details
  • 4 years/$58M (12-15). Signed by Miami as a free agent 12/8/11. $4M signing bonus (deferred without interest). 12:$6M, 13:$11M, 14:$18M, 15:$19M. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Miami 11/13/12. (As part of the trade, Miami paid Toronto $8.5M.)
  • 4 years/$56M (2008-11). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 7/8/07. 08-11:$14M/year. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for Gold Glove. Full no-trade clause 2008, limited no-trade protection 2009-7/15/10. Earns 10-and-5 rights 7/16/10.
  • 3 years/$18M (2004-06), plus 2007 club option. Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/03 (avoided arbitration). 04:$3.5M, 05:$5.75M, 06:$7.75M, 07:$9.5M club option, $1M buyout. White Sox exercised 2007 option 10/06.
  • 1 year/$0.445M (2003). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.31M (2002). Signed by Chicago White Sox 3/02.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 1999 (38-1,139) (draft-and-follow).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)What are some of your least favorite MLB players that people try to make comps to? Not like Mike Trout, or Clayton Kershaw, where the prospect simply can't be anywhere near as good, but they are comparing prospect to unicorns, such as when every command/control guy with low whiffs is Mark Buehrle. This is rambling. I'm sorry, Mau.
(James Fegan from Elkhart, IN)
First the good James question.

I know it's not technically what you were asking but I hate it when a right handed dude with solid average to plus command who throws in the 89-91 range gets comp'd to Greg Maddux. Everyone has this warped idea of what Maddux was and it needs to stop. I'm sick of it!

The Baez-Sheffield comps were both irresponsible and irksome when people couldn't properly separate the swing comp to the actual player skills.

And yeah the MB comps are tiresome as well. Comps on twitter are generally awful. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Toronto has 17 games left and Mark Buehrle sits at 179 innings pitched, what are the odds he will throw 21 more innings to give him his 15th consecutive season of 200 or more innings pitched?
(Paul from DC)
He's currently penciled in for 3 more starts, so he needs to average 7 innings per turn. The Jays also have a bit of a buffer in the schedule and he might be a 'pen guy in the ALDS, so we might just see a bullpen appearance in the final days to push him over the hump. I say he gets there. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)What "effective "pitcher that is older than 30 do you see not being effective in the American and national league in 2015?
(allangustafson from San Diego )
Mark Buehrle has to be one, right? I mean, his witch magic is going to run out at some point.

I do think Edinson Volquez's "effective" 2014 was a mirage. his K% and BB% don't inspire confidence, and I think he comes back to Earth quite a bit this year.

As for the AL ... the former Oriole Alfredo Simon who was acquired by Detroit is a huge regression candidate. His K% never matched the stuff, and his ugly peripherals will start to catch up with him against better offenses. (Jeff Long)
2014-05-28 14:15:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben! Will teams shy away from high velocity pitchers at any point due to the arm injury risks involved? Can a Bronson Arroyo/Greg Maddux pitch-type overcome the love of fastball velocity due to those risks?
(Evan from Cincinnati)
Well, we have to add a caveat when we're putting Maddux and Arroyo in the same bucket--old Maddux was a soft-tossing command/control guy, but young Maddux threw hard. That aside, I do wonder whether the success of Mark Buehrle will inspire teams to take a longer look at pitchers who could take the same path. The thing is that it's not easy to distinguish between the guys who throw 80-something and have the command/pitchability to thrive and the guys who throw 80-something and will get eaten up at higher levels. It's always safer to go with the guy who throws hard. If the link between velocity and injury becomes clearer, though, maybe we'll see more teams start to take chances. Buehrle's "no missed starts" streak is amazing, as is Arroyo's ability to avoid the DL. They should donate their arms to science. Not even after they die--right after they retire. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)What's the most you've ever paid for a player in an auction draft?
(higgsboson from Guelph)
I paid $57 for Pedro Martinez in a keeper league in 2001. He got hurt that year and it didn't work out but it was in the middle of his incredible, HOF-caliber run and I make no apologies. I wound up dumping him right before he got hurt and got a $1 Mark Buehrle and won the next year so it eventually worked out. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Mark Buehrle's 13 year streak of 200 or more inning's pitched in a season come to an end in 2014? If not, then when?
(Paul from DC)
it's gotta be this year or next, I can't imagine he'll pitch well enough to get 200 innings. His velocity keeps dropping and that means Mr. Nibbly is going to get (a) clobbered or (b) more nibbly. That means less ability to consume innings, and he's barely crossed 200 the last few. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)What year does Mark Buehrle's streak of consecutive 200 innings pitched seasons end?
(Paul from DC)
He's on 13 years running, but he has walked a tightrope over the past three seasons, coming within 6 frames of falling below the 200-IP hard deck each year. His finesse delivery and low reliance on power bode well for injury risk, but all it takes is a two-week stint on the DL to derail his quest. I'll take a guess and say that he has one more 200-IP season left, but falls short in 2015. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Wow, marathon chat...you are showing serious #want. Thank you for all you do. I love the MLU, and you've been a great follow on Twitter. #followmort. You've been a believer in Sean Nolin for quite a while. Is Mark Buehrle a fair comp/ceiling?
(boneil33 from Boston)
Thank you for all of the kind words. Yes I think Mark Buehrle is a fine comp for Sean Nolin. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-02-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is it that Toronto gets rave reviews for giving up a ton for Dickey, yet the Royals are blasted in the Shields/Davis for Myers trade? Wouldn't a small market team need to do something like this to compete? Isn't the AL Central a lot easier to build to compete than the mighty East?
(igoinsane67 from my office)
Two reasons spring to mind: the first is the success spectrum and the other is knee-jerk anti-Royals bias. The first: the Blue Jays won 73 games with an inhuman number of injuries in a very tough division last season. They added Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Mark Buehrle, Dickey, and Josh Johnson. That's a whole lot of guys and a whole lot of star power and big names. It's reasonable to expect a big jump in wins for a team that makes that many big additions. I've said in some other forums that I'm a bit skeptical of the Jays and don't see them running away with the division like some have said, but I think it's inarguable that they're much improved.

The other thing is that I do think there are some of us, and I've probably fallen victim to this myself at times, who see the names of the teams in a the deal and subconsciously include that to some extent in their analysis. (Matthew Kory)
2012-11-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Dan! Mark Buehrle's comments have cast a light on the practice of unwritten agreements between players and teams. My sense is that, unlike in Buehrle's case, these are fairly common and generally are followed by both sides (Roger Clemens' handshake extension with the Yankees comes to mind). Is that right and, if so, can you comment on what you would view as legitimate (and illegitimate) reasons for making such agreements?
(edwardarthur from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois)
Edwardarthur, good question. First off, I have Known Mark since he was drafted by the White Sox, as we were both in that organization together at the time. He is an absolute winner, one of the best teammates I have ever been around. When negotiating a contract, a lot of stuff is said, all of it on the record between the two parties. There are contract clauses that can be included if you feel strongly about an item. Every club has its own concepts about they will and will. It do, but every player can also talk to every team. Ultimately, everybody has to decide what is the best overall deal. I was taught that anything you say you'll do, you better be really sure that you back it up. Tough situation for both sides there. (Dan Evans)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yeah I 've seen them played, actually I was two for two in my attendance and their record (Sunday & Monday). And I def. look forward for more GIF of Jesus's catching. I am also curious of origin of the title "Lookout landing" from. The only reference I could think of was Mark Buehrle's famous puddle sliding.
(Tom Hank before Bald from Seattle)
Yes, the GIForce is strong with Jeff Sullivan. "Lookout Landing" is a section in the upper deck down the left-field line at Safeco. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Ben, who is your favorite workhorse?
(SJP from Farmville)
Mark Buehrle. Eleven-plus seasons of 200-plus innings? Really? Why not share the schematics for your adamantium arm with some of the other pitchers, Mark? (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Steven, hope your dad is doing ok. I've heard some NY-based sportswriters speculate that Montero is destined to be traded in July for the best available pitcher. I just can't figure out who that is. The only pitching free agent to be (of value) is an old and possibly worn down Chris Carpenter. I can't think of a single "small market team" possibly looking to save money who has an established pitcher they might want to trade. Did the sportswriters not think this through, or am I missing someone?
(Shaun P. from Medway, MA)
Hey, Shaun. I keep thinking, "Um... Mark Buehrle?" The upcoming free agent class isn't too impressive. I also think Montero is a harder trade than he has been made out to be, because if he's not a catcher, he's a 1B/DH, and there are a limited number of openings. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)You'd also think that the Twins experiense with Santana, Lirano and Duensing first as relievers would also add to Mr. Weaver's dictum?
(Vanasek from New York)
Amen to that. So did Mark Buehrle with the White Sox, come to think of it. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm moderately pro-Bush (sorry), but I was still thinking that he'd sound like a genius while in the same booth as Morgan. Then he was yapping about the Morgan as a GM... ugh!
(jlebeck66 from WI)
Posted in the interest of giving everyone equal time. And never apologize! Defend with all the power that reason and logic allow, which is to say not with vitriol but with facts!

...Not that I'll be posting that argument here, because the Holy Quintessence of Baseball Prospectus will have my head. That was more a general statement of philosophy. The true patriot is not about rhetoric or ideology but about the best solutions. If you (generic you) can make a case for your man (whoever he is) then we (generic we) have an obligation to hear you out.

And having said that, you will note that there is no difference between that kind of open-mindedness and that which we advocate here at BP when evaluating teams, players, managers, GMs.

...A six-spot in the bottom of the second for the Indians, including two home runs. Mark Buehrle appears to not be one of those best solutions I just alluded to, at least not today. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableWell, it was quite a day. Mark Buehrle made the defensive play of the year on the first day of the season, Jason Heyward began the road to stardom at Carlos Zambrano's expense, and we decided that Vicente Padilla dressed in a white leather anything probably qualified as something better left unimagined. Thanks for joining us! (Dan Wade)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJust saw the replay of the Mark Buehrle play on ESPN2-- wow, I am so excited baseball is back! (Matt Swartz)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableAs an Indians fan, may I express my hope that Mark Buehrle decides to join an international humanitarian aid organization in the next five minutes? (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableMark Buehrle just made the nicest defensive play of the season. Not the season thus far, the season.

Only slight hyperbole here. Wow. (David Laurila)
 

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