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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
23 8908 .277 .399 .516 .312 51.3
Birth Date1-8-1971
Height6' 3"
Weight240 lbs
Age47 years, 7 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 OAK 24 54 210 176 27 45 7 0 6 70 28 31 3 2 1 25 2 1 .256 .364 .398 .279 5.9 -1.6 0.4
1996 OAK 25 140 598 536 84 156 40 1 20 258 51 95 5 5 1 79 0 1 .291 .355 .481 .278 23.9 4.6 2.7
1997 OAK 26 142 588 519 66 152 41 2 20 257 55 89 6 8 0 81 0 1 .293 .362 .495 .286 21.7 -5.9 1.6
1998 OAK 27 153 657 562 92 166 28 0 27 275 81 102 5 9 0 110 2 2 .295 .384 .489 .303 35.7 0.4 3.6
1999 OAK 28 158 695 575 115 181 36 1 33 318 105 106 7 8 0 123 1 1 .315 .422 .553 .327 61.4 -14.9 4.4
2000 OAK 29 152 664 510 108 170 29 1 43 330 137 96 9 8 0 137 2 0 .333 .476 .647 .365 84.4 -2.6 7.6
2001 OAK 30 154 671 520 109 178 47 2 38 343 129 83 13 9 0 120 2 0 .342 .477 .660 .381 92.1 0.1 9.1
2002 NYA 31 155 689 560 120 176 34 1 41 335 109 112 15 5 0 122 2 2 .314 .435 .598 .351 71.2 2.1 7.4
2003 NYA 32 156 690 535 97 134 25 0 41 282 129 140 21 5 0 107 2 1 .250 .412 .527 .322 52.5 -7.6 4.5
2004 NYA 33 80 322 264 33 55 9 0 12 100 47 62 8 3 0 40 0 1 .208 .342 .379 .258 0.7 -3.2 -0.2
2005 NYA 34 139 545 417 74 113 14 0 32 223 108 109 19 1 0 87 0 0 .271 .440 .535 .337 48.8 -8.9 4.0
2006 NYA 35 139 579 446 92 113 25 0 37 249 110 106 16 7 0 113 2 0 .253 .413 .558 .314 36.7 -7.0 2.9
2007 NYA 36 83 303 254 31 60 8 0 14 110 40 66 8 1 0 39 1 0 .236 .356 .433 .277 6.9 -0.9 0.6
2008 NYA 37 145 565 458 68 113 19 1 32 230 76 111 22 9 0 96 2 1 .247 .373 .502 .300 28.1 -8.2 2.0
2009 COL 38 19 31 24 4 7 1 0 2 14 7 8 0 0 0 11 0 0 .292 .452 .583 .344 3.2 -0.1 0.3
2009 OAK 38 83 328 269 39 52 13 0 11 98 50 72 7 2 0 40 0 0 .193 .332 .364 .261 4.6 -3.8 0.1
2010 COL 39 87 222 176 17 43 9 0 6 70 35 47 6 5 0 35 2 0 .244 .378 .398 .277 6.4 -1.7 0.5
2011 COL 40 64 152 131 20 34 6 0 13 79 17 45 3 1 0 32 0 0 .260 .355 .603 .324 11.8 -0.4 1.2
2012 COL 41 60 113 89 7 20 4 0 1 27 20 24 2 2 0 8 0 0 .225 .372 .303 .237 -1.0 -1.0 -0.2
2013 CLE 42 71 216 186 21 34 8 0 9 69 23 56 4 3 0 31 0 1 .183 .282 .371 .235 -5.8 0.0 -0.6
2014 CLE 43 26 70 60 3 8 2 0 2 16 9 12 1 0 5 0 0 .133 .257 .267 .187 -3.8 0.0 -0.4
Career22608908726712272010405944037531366157218093214412012.277.399.516.312585.3-60.551.3

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1992 SOR A- 13 50 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MOD A+ 89 400 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 HUN AA 56 229 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TAC AAA 52 209 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .371 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 OAK MLB 54 210 .279 .270 .341 .430 .266 .277 96 4.4 6.3 -1.3 -1.6 -3.4 5.9 0.4 5.9 0.4
1995 EDM AAA 55 229 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 OAK MLB 140 598 .278 .275 .346 .443 .269 .319 100 12.7 18.5 -5.4 4.6 -1.8 23.9 2.7 23.9 2.7
1997 OAK MLB 142 588 .286 .270 .335 .426 .262 .316 102 16.9 16.2 -7.8 -5.9 -3.7 21.7 1.6 21.7 1.6
1998 OAK MLB 153 657 .303 .271 .339 .430 .266 .314 95 31.1 17.9 -12.5 0.4 -0.7 35.7 3.6 35.7 3.6
1999 OAK MLB 158 695 .327 .276 .348 .441 .265 .333 97 54.9 19.4 -13.9 -14.9 1.0 61.4 4.4 61.4 4.4
2000 OAK MLB 152 664 .365 .277 .348 .449 .266 .335 94 82.6 18.8 -13.3 -2.6 -3.7 84.4 7.6 84.4 7.6
2001 OAK MLB 154 671 .381 .268 .332 .432 .263 .343 95 88.6 18.4 -12.8 0.1 -2.1 92.1 9.1 92.1 9.1
2002 NYA MLB 155 689 .351 .265 .331 .425 .264 .328 97 66.6 18.4 -12.7 2.1 -1.0 71.2 7.4 71.2 7.4
2003 NYA MLB 156 690 .322 .263 .330 .422 .260 .259 99 46.4 18.8 -13 -7.6 0.3 52.5 4.5 52.5 4.5
2004 NYA MLB 80 322 .258 .265 .337 .425 .261 .223 103 -0.8 9.6 -6.1 -3.2 -2.0 0.7 -0.2 0.7 -0.2
2004 TAM A+ 2 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYA MLB 139 545 .337 .267 .329 .428 .264 .292 102 44.7 15.7 -10 -8.9 -1.6 48.8 4.0 48.8 4.0
2006 NYA MLB 139 579 .314 .274 .339 .439 .261 .245 106 34.7 17.4 -11.1 -7.0 -4.3 36.7 2.9 36.7 2.9
2007 NYA MLB 83 303 .277 .264 .332 .411 .261 .263 101 5.9 9.0 -5.6 -0.9 -2.4 6.9 0.6 6.9 0.6
2007 TAM A+ 5 16 .312 .249 .324 .357 .251 .500 94 1 0.5 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2007 SWB AAA 4 15 .337 .257 .340 .409 .261 .000 91 1.3 0.5 -0.3 0.9 0.0 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2008 NYA MLB 145 565 .300 .261 .329 .413 .257 .250 103 24.3 16.3 -10.3 -8.2 -2.2 28.1 2.0 28.1 2.0
2009 COL MLB 19 31 .344 .246 .319 .395 .252 .357 103 2.8 0.9 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3
2009 OAK MLB 83 328 .261 .261 .328 .416 .259 .218 100 0.3 9.4 -6 -3.8 0.9 4.6 0.1 4.6 0.1
2009 CSP AAA 6 24 .408 .271 .342 .432 .264 .462 121 3.9 0.7 -0.5 -0.0 -0.3 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2010 COL MLB 87 222 .277 .258 .323 .404 .268 .289 103 3.7 6.1 -3.1 -1.7 -0.3 6.4 0.5 6.4 0.5
2011 COL MLB 64 152 .324 .247 .313 .380 .256 .284 109 9.6 4.1 -2 -0.4 0.1 11.8 1.2 11.8 1.2
2011 CSP AAA 3 8 .353 .287 .351 .432 .266 .600 147 0.9 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.4 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2012 COL MLB 60 113 .237 .249 .308 .395 .253 .288 116 -2.6 3.1 -1.3 -1.0 -0.3 -1.0 -0.2 -1.0 -0.2
2012 TUL AA 3 8 .340 .292 .336 .450 .281 .600 95 0.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 CSP AAA 2 6 .219 .270 .325 .428 .256 .500 114 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2013 CLE MLB 71 216 .235 .254 .318 .406 .268 .202 97 -5.2 5.7 -3.4 0.0 -2.9 -5.8 -0.6 -5.8 -0.6
2014 CLE MLB 26 70 .187 .255 .319 .401 .265 .130 103 -4.8 1.8 -1.1 0.0 0.2 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2014 AKR AA 6 19 .153 .259 .323 .387 .260 .250 100 -2.1 0.5 -0.3 0.0 -0.0 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1992 SOR A- 50 9 13 3 0 3 13 9 6 1 1 .317 .440 .610 .293 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MOD A+ 400 72 91 16 2 12 60 73 47 2 3 .291 .438 .470 .179 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TAC AAA 209 28 56 20 0 4 38 25 32 1 0 .318 .403 .500 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 HUN AA 229 31 43 9 0 6 30 27 31 0 0 .223 .320 .363 .140 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 EDM AAA 229 34 65 26 1 3 41 34 26 0 0 .342 .447 .537 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 OAK MLB 210 27 45 7 0 6 25 28 31 2 1 .256 .364 .398 .142 .279 5.9 -1.6 0.4
1996 OAK MLB 598 84 156 40 1 20 79 51 95 0 1 .291 .355 .481 .190 .278 23.9 4.6 2.7
1997 OAK MLB 588 66 152 41 2 20 81 55 89 0 1 .293 .362 .495 .202 .286 21.7 -5.9 1.6
1998 OAK MLB 657 92 166 28 0 27 110 81 102 2 2 .295 .384 .489 .194 .303 35.7 0.4 3.6
1999 OAK MLB 695 115 181 36 1 33 123 105 106 1 1 .315 .422 .553 .238 .327 61.4 -14.9 4.4
2000 OAK MLB 664 108 170 29 1 43 137 137 96 2 0 .333 .476 .647 .314 .365 84.4 -2.6 7.6
2001 OAK MLB 671 109 178 47 2 38 120 129 83 2 0 .342 .477 .660 .317 .381 92.1 0.1 9.1
2002 NYA MLB 689 120 176 34 1 41 122 109 112 2 2 .314 .435 .598 .284 .351 71.2 2.1 7.4
2003 NYA MLB 690 97 134 25 0 41 107 129 140 2 1 .250 .412 .527 .277 .322 52.5 -7.6 4.5
2004 NYA MLB 322 33 55 9 0 12 40 47 62 0 1 .208 .342 .379 .170 .258 0.7 -3.2 -0.2
2004 TAM A+ 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYA MLB 545 74 113 14 0 32 87 108 109 0 0 .271 .440 .535 .264 .337 48.8 -8.9 4.0
2006 NYA MLB 579 92 113 25 0 37 113 110 106 2 0 .253 .413 .558 .305 .314 36.7 -7.0 2.9
2007 SWB AAA 15 1 1 0 0 1 1 6 2 0 1 .111 .467 .444 .333 .337 1.4 0.9 0.2
2007 NYA MLB 303 31 60 8 0 14 39 40 66 1 0 .236 .356 .433 .197 .277 6.9 -0.9 0.6
2007 TAM A+ 16 0 4 1 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 .308 .438 .385 .077 .312 1.0 0.0 0.1
2008 NYA MLB 565 68 113 19 1 32 96 76 111 2 1 .247 .373 .502 .255 .300 28.1 -8.2 2.0
2009 COL MLB 31 4 7 1 0 2 11 7 8 0 0 .292 .452 .583 .292 .344 3.2 -0.1 0.3
2009 OAK MLB 328 39 52 13 0 11 40 50 72 0 0 .193 .332 .364 .171 .261 4.6 -3.8 0.1
2009 CSP AAA 24 4 8 1 0 2 4 6 3 0 1 .444 .583 .833 .389 .408 3.8 -0.0 0.4
2010 COL MLB 222 17 43 9 0 6 35 35 47 2 0 .244 .378 .398 .153 .277 6.4 -1.7 0.5
2011 COL MLB 152 20 34 6 0 13 32 17 45 0 0 .260 .355 .603 .344 .324 11.8 -0.4 1.2
2011 CSP AAA 8 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 .353 1.4 -0.2 0.1
2012 TUL AA 8 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 .340 0.8 -0.1 0.1
2012 CSP AAA 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .500 .167 .219 -0.8 0.0 -0.1
2012 COL MLB 113 7 20 4 0 1 8 20 24 0 0 .225 .372 .303 .079 .237 -1.0 -1.0 -0.2
2013 CLE MLB 216 21 34 8 0 9 31 23 56 0 1 .183 .282 .371 .188 .235 -5.8 0.0 -0.6
2014 AKR AA 19 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 9 0 0 .118 .211 .235 .118 .153 -1.9 0.0 -0.2
2014 CLE MLB 70 3 8 2 0 2 5 9 12 0 0 .133 .257 .267 .133 .187 -3.8 0.0 -0.4

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2362 0.4767 0.4022 0.7747 0.6012 0.2209 0.8479 0.5934 0.2253 1139 0.004852
2009 1487 0.4660 0.4015 0.7739 0.6075 0.2217 0.8527 0.5852 0.2261 704 -0.007352
2010 866 0.4792 0.4249 0.7527 0.6434 0.2239 0.8390 0.5248 0.2473 407 -0.006969
2011 627 0.5136 0.4354 0.7179 0.6118 0.2492 0.8223 0.4474 0.2821 301 -0.005561
2012 477 0.5010 0.4172 0.7387 0.6234 0.2101 0.7919 0.5800 0.2613 214 -0.007288
2013 912 0.4901 0.4605 0.7786 0.6376 0.2903 0.8632 0.6000 0.2214 396 -0.006601
2014 254 0.5039 0.4488 0.7632 0.6953 0.1984 0.7753 0.7200 0.2368 108 0.000086
Career69850.48240.41820.76430.61840.23150.84110.57460.2357682.7512-0.0026

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
2014-06-12 2014-09-01 60-DL 81 69 Left Knee Inflammation -
2014-05-04 2014-05-20 15-DL 16 15 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2014-03-21 2014-04-21 15-DL 31 18 - Trunk Recovery From Previous Injury Rib Fracture - HBP - -
2014-03-08 2014-03-21 Camp 13 0 - Trunk Fracture Ribcage HBP - -
2013-09-29 2013-10-03 DTD 4 1 Right Forearm Strain - -
2013-03-25 2013-04-11 15-DL 17 8 - Low Back Strain - -
2012-09-21 2012-10-04 DTD 13 13 Right Groin Hernia - -
2012-07-21 2012-09-01 15-DL 42 38 - General Medical Illness Virus - -
2012-07-03 2012-07-05 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-05-14 2012-05-14 DTD 0 0 - Foot Soreness - -
2011-07-26 2011-08-12 15-DL 17 16 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2011-07-18 2011-07-21 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-05-24 2011-05-24 DTD 0 0 Elbow Contusion -
2011-03-24 2011-03-26 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness Ear Infection -
2010-09-27 2010-10-04 DTD 7 7 Left Shoulder Soreness Biceps -
2010-06-07 2010-06-08 DTD 1 1 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-07-20 2009-08-07 15-DL 18 18 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-07-12 2009-07-16 DTD 4 1 Right Elbow Contusion -
2009-06-22 2009-06-23 DTD 1 1 General Medical Soreness -
2009-06-13 2009-06-13 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-06-06 2009-06-06 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-04-23 2009-04-25 DTD 2 1 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-09-04 2008-09-04 DTD 0 0 Right Face Laceration Above Eye -
2008-06-04 2008-06-05 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion HBP -
2008-04-23 2008-04-23 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion Ground Ball -
2008-04-22 2008-04-22 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion Ground Ball -
2008-04-06 2008-04-08 DTD 2 2 Left Groin Soreness -
2007-09-18 2007-09-21 DTD 3 2 Right Foot Contusion -
2007-06-01 2007-08-07 60-DL 67 61 Left Foot Strain Partial Tear Plantar Fascia -
2007-05-09 2007-05-12 DTD 3 3 Left Foot Inflammation Bone Spurs -
2007-05-03 2007-05-03 DTD 0 0 Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2007-03-11 2007-03-12 Camp 1 0 Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2006-10-19 2006-10-19 Off 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Tendon 2006-10-19
2006-10-07 2006-10-08 DTD 1 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Cortisone Injection -
2006-09-20 2006-09-27 DTD 7 6 Left Wrist Strain Partial Tear -
2006-09-09 2006-09-12 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Inflammation -
2006-08-31 2006-09-01 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Inflammation Cortisone Injection -
2006-08-26 2006-08-26 DTD 0 0 Bilateral Hand Cramp -
2006-08-22 2006-08-22 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-08-09 2006-08-10 DTD 1 1 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2006-08-02 2006-08-03 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Cramp -
2006-06-25 2006-06-25 DTD 0 0 Low Back Spasms -
2006-06-11 2006-06-14 DTD 3 2 Left Fingers Contusion Index Finger HBP -
2006-06-03 2006-06-05 DTD 2 2 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2006-05-28 2006-05-28 DTD 0 0 Low Back Spasms -
2006-05-16 2006-05-17 DTD 1 1 Neck Strain -
2005-09-22 2005-09-24 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -
2005-09-18 2005-09-18 DTD 0 0 Low Back Spasms -
2005-08-21 2005-08-22 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion -
2005-07-15 2005-07-15 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion HBP -
2005-07-08 2005-07-08 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Tightness -
2005-06-20 2005-06-20 DTD 0 0 Bilateral Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2005-06-08 2005-06-10 DTD 2 1 Low Back Spasms -
2005-05-05 2005-05-08 DTD 3 3 Head Concussion HBP -
2005-05-01 2005-05-03 DTD 2 2 Right Forearm Cramp -
2005-03-29 2005-03-31 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-08-24 2004-08-24 On-Alr 0 0 General Medical Illness Respiratory Illness -
2004-08-17 2004-08-17 On-Alr 0 0 Right Groin Strain -
2004-07-24 2004-09-14 60-DL 52 49 General Medical Growth Benign Pituitary Gland Tumor -
2004-07-21 2004-07-23 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness Parasites -
2004-06-27 2004-07-01 DTD 4 4 General Medical Illness Parasites -
2004-05-22 2004-06-06 15-DL 15 13 Right Ankle Sprain -
2004-05-16 2004-05-19 DTD 3 2 Low Back Spasms -
2004-05-06 2004-05-07 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-04-01 2004-04-06 DTD 5 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2003-11-18 2003-11-18 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Debridement of Inflammed Tissue 2003-11-18
2003-10-23 2003-10-23 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2003-08-25 2003-08-25 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2003-06-24 2003-06-24 DTD 0 0 Wrist Soreness -
2003-05-10 2003-05-13 DTD 3 2 Bilateral Face Infection Eye -
2003-04-23 2003-04-23 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Contusion HBP Middle Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CLE $1,000,000
2013 CLE $750,000
2012 COL $1,000,000
2011 COL $1,000,000
2010 COL $1,750,000
2009 OAK $4,000,000
2008 NYA $23,428,571
2007 NYA $23,428,571
2006 NYA $20,428,571
2005 NYA $13,428,571
2004 NYA $12,428,571
2003 NYA $11,428,571
2002 NYA $10,428,571
2001 OAK $4,103,333
2000 OAK $3,103,333
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$131,706,663
15 yrTotal$131,706,663

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
19 y 82 dJoel Wolfe, Arn Tellem1 year/$1M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Re-signed by Cleveland as a free agent 11/1/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2013). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/9/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.75M in majors. Performance bonuses. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Contract purchased by Cleveland 3/25/13.
  • 1 year/$1M (2011), plus 2012 mutual option. Re-signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/17/11 (minor-league contract). 11:$1M, 12:$1M mutual option. Both sides exercised 2012 option 10/30/11.
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2010). Re-signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/25/10.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2009), plus 2010 club option. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/7/09. 09:$4M, 10:$6.5M club option, $1.25M buyout. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 525, 550 PAs. Limited no-trade protection. Released by Oakland 8/7/09. Signed by Colorado as a free agent 8/23/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 9/1/09.
  • 7 years/$120M (2002-08), plus 2009 club option. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/01. $17M signing bonus (paid over 6 years). 02:$8M, 03:$9M, 04:$10M, 05:$11M, 06:$18M, 07:$21M, 08:$21M, 09:$22M club option, $5M buyout.
  • 3 years/$9.3M (1999-2001). Signed extension with Oakland. 99:$2.2M, 00:$3.1M, 01:$4M.
  • 1 year/$0.315M (1998).
  • 1 year/$0.205M (1997).
  • 1 year/$0.12M (1996).
  • Drafted by Oakland 1992 (2-58) (Long Beach State).

2018 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 You're excused if you saw Captain Graybeard in the Cleveland dugout and thought he was a coach: The 20-year veteran's mentoring abilities surely brought more value to the ballclub than his way-below-replacement bat in 2014. Terry Francona did everything in his power or anyone else's to maximize Giambi's production: All 70 of Giambi's plate appearances came against righties. As of this writing, he hasn't announced whether he's going to keep making a go of it on the field, but it's hard to think of a team that will want to expend a roster spot on him. On the other hand, it's hard to think of a team that wouldn't want him in the player-coach role Manny Ramirez filled for the Iowa Cubs for a few months last summer.
2014 Rumors are unconfirmed that the Indians plan to bring Jason Giambi back for use only in walk-off home run situations, but if they do nobody could blame them.
2013 Giambi still has patience at the plate, but his other offensive skills disappeared last year. He missed most of the second half due first to a “viral syndrome” and then to a hernia that required offseason surgery. He finished the season on a 2-for-21 run, with his last extra-base hit coming on June 9. Giambi has expressed a desire to resume his quest for 430 homers but the body may not be willing. Perhaps in an effort to hedge his bets, he interviewed for the Rockies managerial vacancy.
2012 Giambi has made a remarkable late-career transition into lefty-swinging masher off the bench, a la Matt Stairs. Coors Field wasn't as much of a factor as you might think, as seven of Giambi's 13 homers in 2011 came on the road. Always a three-true-outcomes hitter, he pushed that approach to the extreme last year, with 49.3 percent of his plate appearances resulting in a home run, walk, or strikeout. Giambi probably could turn on a big-league fastball into his fifties. The only questions now are how long his body holds up and how long he wants to keep playing.
2011 Nearly a decade and a half after Giambi and Matt Stairs made the A’s look like a beer-league softball team, those don’t-spill-my-beer skills continue to pay off for both men. Though running, fielding, and hitting for average have long since ceased being aspects of his game (if the first two ever were), Giambi can still work the count and crush the odd pitch. Curiously, he’s been more effective doing the latter against lefties over the last two years, with nine of his 19 taters coming in the mere 29 percent of his at-bats that have come against southpaws. That makes him a nifty trap as a pinch-hitter for a manager aware enough to lure his opponent into a lefty-on-lefty match-up, but at 40, that may be the last trick this old dog can do.
2010 As exciting as the thought of rekindling past glory can be, reunions usually disappoint, and Giambi’s return to Oakland was like watching old classmates argue their way through an endless, drunken game of H-O-R-S-E. Brought in to help add thunder to a moribund A’s attack, the former MVP suffered through an injury-plagued and ineffective season before earning his August release. Still able to draw walks and launch the occasional home run, Giambi no longer hits for average, hitting .248 from 2003-2008, and he finally sank below the Mendoza line last year. A few big hits during his late-season stint with the Rockies may stoke the interest of AL clubs looking to catch lightning in a bottle, but if Giambi wants to continue playing his springs will soon be sponsored by the letters N, R, and I.
2009 Giambi's season was a roller-coaster that came to center on his upper lip. After beginning with what seemed like a .164/.315/.411 dare to get the Yankees to eat the last year of his contract, and having been failed by his usual slump-busting magic gold thong, he cultivated a mustache. With the caterpillar installed under his nose, Giambi busted out, hitting .310/.438/.613 with 12 homers in May and June. Mustache magic swept Yankee Stadium, but apparently it has a 60-day limit; Giambi cooled to .230/.349/.457 the rest of the way, and the mustache went under the razor for dereliction of duty. A free agent after the Yankees bought out his $22 million option, his new/old employer the A's will get a DH whose walks and power make him productive in spite of his low batting average and who only needs occasional platooning. As for defense, Giambi enjoys putting on the glove and showed he could get through a season in the field without hurting himself, but you could kneecap a fire hydrant and it would still have more range.
2008 Giambi had a good April, but was quickly handicapped by bone spurs in his left heel. No sooner did orthotics ease his pain than he popped the plantar fascia in the foot while jogging the bases after a home run in Toronto in late May. Out of the lineup until August, Giambi went on a short-lived tear after coming off the DL, but quickly went so cold that polar bears took refuge in his boxer-briefs. From May 1 until the end of the season, Giambi batted .192/.333/.389. For this performance, Giambi earned a cool $21 million, the same amount the Yankees will pay him in 2008 before the inevitable buyout of his 2009 option (at a cost of $5 million). Given their outfield/DH logjam, the Yankees have to hope that the former MVP can mount a comeback while playing first base, something that seems unlikely given that he fields with all the agility of a mastodon drowning in the La Brea tar pits. Giambi was an underrated contributor in 2005 and 2006, but it remains to be seen if he can get all his parts moving in the same direction again.
2007 Runs and fields like a 45 played at 33 1/3. Those who grew up in the compact disc era won`t get that reference, but, trust us, it`s slow. He can`t avoid running, but it seems likely that Giambi`s time in the field is done after too many nagging injuries last year. The days of hitting .300 are also gone, but with his great patience and power Giambi will be an offensive asset even as his averages continue to decline. It`s hard to believe, but the Yankees will pay Giambi at least another $47 million (two guaranteed years plus an all-but-certain $5 million buyout of 2009). That`s a lot of moolah for a player who will spend the next two years praying that his bat doesn`t slow as much as his body already has.
2006 While borderline Hall of Famers like Rafael Palmeiro were being destroyed by the steroids scandal, Giambi staged an unlikely escape from his own self-injected nightmare (plus tumor, plus parasites). Giambi did little more than walk in the first two months, as if his batting eye was all that he had left, but then something changed--there has never been a satisfying answer as to what--and the power was back. Once he turned it on, he was immensely productive, leading the AL in walks and OBP and ranking in the top ten in home runs and slugging percentage. Not that he got any faster; Giambi runs as if knee-deep in lobster bisque and at top speed can stretch a double into a close out at first base. On defense, Giambi is as mobile as a pothole, but given his habit of slumping when not in the field, making him a full-time DH is not an option. Over the last three years. he`s batted .217/.384/.414 as a DH vs. .274/.427/.563 at first.
2005 Giambi's year began with questions about possible steroid use, moved on to cancer, and ended with confirmation of his steroid use. In between he had intestinal parasites. Given how slow, how ponderous Giambi was before he came down with every illness this side of beriberi, it's unlikely he will return to anything like the MVP form the Yankees thought they were buying back in 2001. By definition his through-2008 contract would someday be an albatross. That bird has come home to roost (OK, so the albatross doesn't roost. Call the Analogy Police).
2004 Giambi's "off-year," in which he was a top-five American Leaguer according to Equivalent Average (EqA) and Equivalent Runs (EqR), has been blamed on his left knee problem. The patellar tendinitis in the joint isn't going away, and you may remember what a similar injury did to Mark McGwire a few years ago. Post-season surgery didn't fix the problem so much as make it manageable. Look for Giambi to stay productive without approaching the heights of 2000-02, and be a full-time DH who can't run by the end of his contract.
2003 It’s unusually refreshing to see a big-ticket free agent come into the Big Apple, have a good year, not lead the team to the Promised Land, and not catch flack for it. He shared defensive responsibilities at first, which kept Nick Johnson from getting a rusty glove, although he did hit significantly better when he wasn’t DHing. It isn’t a Reggie-sized problem (.344/.461/.674 at first vs. .271/.397/.489 as a DH), but if it becomes an issue, given the financial commitment and Johnson’s modest rookie season, you can understand the Yankees’ willingness to dangle Johnson this winter.
2002 Giambi is a fantastic hitter, combining the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields, a great batting eye, and the willingness to execute a plan at the plate. As has been well chronicled, Giambi wanted a no-trade clause to sign a six-year, $90-million deal during the spring, but the A's wouldn't give him the clause. Beane's best course of action was to let him walk; now the A’s can find a reasonable solution at first base for a lot less money and spend the savings either on pitching help, or on locking Barry Zito into a long-term deal.
2001 Jason Giambi has become the A’s riff on Tony Gwynn: he’s a diligent student of hitting, working, studying, and recording what pitchers try to do to him. One of the payoffs has been his dramatic improvement against left-handed pitching, but I guess an MVP award isn’t such a bad payoff either. Whether the A's should sign him long-term is an emotional decision for everybody involved. The organization has a lot of confidence in its ability to identify, develop, and acquire hitting talent, so if push comes to shove, few teams are as well qualified to move on, public image be damned. Do the A’s want to risk alienating fans? Does Giambi want to be just another clueless rich guy, like Mo Vaughn? It will take compromise to kill the big-market/small-market paradigm.
2000 Right now, he’s the franchise’s best left-handed hitter since Reggie Jackson, a title he won't hold for long with Chavez and Ben Grieve in the fold. Perhaps taking a cue from Mr. October, Giambi has talked his way into an interesting niche within the organization. Billy Beane seems to go out of his way to get Giambi's opinions on roster moves. He's obviously the team's most vocal player, so it could just be good politics on Beane's part. It's time to come to terms with the fact that Giambi's glovework is bad. Frank Thomas bad. He’s a Garveyesque pillar of immobility, and having Jaha around keeps him on the field. It's a problem.
1998 Finally at a position he can play well defensively, first base. He hit very well in spurts last season, and I expect him to take a big step forward in 1998. He may not be in the A’s long-term plans; his best value to the club might be as part of a major trade to bring in a legitimate #1 starter such as Randy Johnson.
1997 He’s accused of being all sorts of things: lazy, crazy, unwilling to play with injuries. Beyond all the clubhouse chicanery, gossip, and having incurred the open hostility of Tony LaRussa and Mike Gallego—NONE OF WHICH MEANS A DAMN THING about his ability as a baseball player—what Giambi is is the best left-handed bat the A’s have developed since Dwayne Murphy. He’s good at lofting the ball, and although he’s too old to really be outstanding for years to come, he’s a fine hitter. He’s probably someone who probably needs to wear catching gear to protect himself in the outfield After taking a fall playing on a field that had been ruined by a Raiders’ game, he was severely hampered at the plate over the last two months of the season.
1996  One of Tony LaRussa's MediaTargets [tm]. Hit like crazy in the minors, with a bunch of walks, some occasional power, and a generally looping stroke. Will hit like crazy in the majors, too. The only question is whether or not his glove will survive the test of fire at 3B, or whether or not he'll be stuck behind McGwire. His release of the ball is a bit slow on his throws; sometimes, the fix for this causes a lot of elbow and shoulder injuries. See also Molitor, Paul. I'd put him at third, and I hope Art Howe does the same.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Jason Giambi just hit a HR for Cleveland. Which active player will be the oldest when he eventually retires?
(MN Joe from Brooklyn, NY)
Whoever was born first probably (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Totally random question, and feel free to offer a completely opinionated, unsubstantiated answer: do you think Barry Bonds' HOF chances/votes go up or down if he came out today and admitted PED usage?
(johnpark99 from Chicago)
If Bonds were contrite? Way up. Look at how Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi are treated. You'd never know. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How cool is it that when Jason Giambi made his MLB debut, there was still one full season of Fresh Prince of Bel Air that would be new to the world. Yesterday was the 18 year anniversary of the final episode of that show. Today Jason Giambi is playing in an MLB game. Speaking of this game, do the Tigers have another Martinez on the bench they could play? All they do is hit homers.
(ChoppertoChipper from Edmonton)
Love it!!! (Paul Sporer)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Rockies plan to do with Jose Lopez and Ty Wiggington? Are they mearly backup insurance or are they looking at them as everyday players?
(goreski from Coppell TX)
Wigginton seems like he is replacing Jason Giambi, trading in some power for a little more positional versatility. Lopez seems to be insurance in case someone doesn't work out at either third base or second base. He's basically their new Clint Barmes, in terms of both cost and role. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of an impact will Thome have with LA? Seems minuscule with him coming off the bench.
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
I just read Joe Sheehan's article today and I agree 100% - it is the equivalent of the Rockies getting Jason Giambi. (Eric Seidman)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)after Last Year we have to include the Jason Giambi award for performance enchancing facial hair.
(Zac from The Land of the Ice and Snow)
Ah yes, the PEFH. Congress is going to be all over that one by 2013. Facial hair is ruining our children! (Marc Normandin)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the A's sign Jason Giambi, how would that impact Jack Cust, Daric Barton, and Travis Buck? Does Giambi play first with Barton going to the bench or minors? Does Giambi DH with Barton staying at first and then Cust moving to the outfield, thus displacing Buck, or does Cust go to the bench?
(Eric from Denver)
I think this potentially impacts Barton more than anybody, because while the A's don't see Cust as unplayable in the outfield, it seems more likely that he'll get more DH time than outfield play, and that means Giambi'd be playing a lot of first base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Beane, would you try to sign Jason Giambi to a one or two year deal or would you stick it out with Daric Barton?
(Dave from Chicago)
Another good question, because Barton was roundly awful this year. It's pretty special when your 1B puts up a -7.4 VORP. That said, I believe in his minor league record enough to think he can rebound and be a decent if unspectacular producer at the position. I think the A's are still a bit too far down on the rebound curve to get real use out of Giambi, who has a limited shelf-life. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many bunt attempts (regardless of whether or not they're successful) would it take to force teams to modify or abandon their ridiculous shift on Jason Giambi. How many times does the Giambino have to ground out to deep right field before he or his team figures this out?
(rich from NJ)
Very few, unless he's just incapable of dropping one on the line. If he could do it, it would represent a short-term sacrifice of power for a long-term gain of overall offense. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Brian Cashman, what would you do to make the Yankees competitive in 2009 and beyond?
(Ben Garant from Austin)
Try to tell your bosses that spending as much money as possible isn't always the answer. Remind them that building from within and adding complementary pieces was what brought you the dynasty you're always referring to in the first place. Sign Teixeira to take over at first, because it will improve the offense and the defense. Don't sign Sabathia, because the money and years won't be worth it if he does indeed break down because of his body in the future. Make Phil Hughes grow a Jason Giambi 'stasche so he too can be invincible. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yankees just signed Richie Sexson (via FoxSports). Thoughts?
(Dan from Newark)
I don't understand why they need the Ghost of Richie Sexson when Jason Giambi's 'stasche deserves its own contract. (Marc Normandin)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ortiz looks MUCH smaller, though still just as fat, compared to -2007. His numbers are also down and at this point he's more likely to be voted Mr. Universe than get an Extra Base hit. Why aren't there steroid rumors surrounding him? He is the perfect candidate for a roider, the power came out of nowhere, and after the Mitchell Report the power disappeared like cup cakes at a pot party.
(ChrisLDuncan from Ames, IA)
See, I'm really not a big fan of convicting guys based on circumstantial evidence, whenever something good -- or bad -- happens to them. Ortiz hit for a .500 slugging average at age 26 in Minnesota; it was by no means all that unusual for a guy like that to tack onto those numbers, especially moving to Fenway. And frankly it would not be all that unusual for the decline to come relatively quickly when it comes for an unathletic player like Ortiz. Mind you, I think it's way premature to conclude that he's actually in decline -- one of the amusing things about doing a chat this time of year is the sheer number of questions we get that stem from reading into tiny sample sizes, so pretty much everything can be answered by a "wait and see". But even if Ortiz atrophied into a Jason Giambi type of performer this year, there wouldn't be anything in his career track that would set off alarm bells for me. And even if there were things that set off alarm bells for me, I would leap to the conclusion that he's a steroid user. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best overall baserunner on the Yankees?
(Rob from Andover, CT)
In 2007 I had Johnny Damon on top at +7 runs with Alex Rodriguez next at +5.2. Derek Jeter usually does well in baserunning and was at +2.4 and Hidecki Matsui was at +2.3.

On the flip side, as usual Jorge Posada was last at -7.6 and Jason Giambi was at -3.5. Robinson Cano also did poorly at -2.2. Those three were also on the bottom in 2006 with Bernie Williams next.
Melky Cabrera (+2) did well in 2006 as did Bobby Abreu (+1.5) but Damon was tops at +5.6.

Based on past performance I'd have to go with Damon. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you give the Yankees first base job to?
(Eusebio from Houston)
Jason Giambi. I'd at least start with that, rotate the three non-Melky OFs through the DH slot and see what happens. The on-campus candidates for first base are kind of a joke. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect out of Jason Giambi this year?
(D from NY)
I look for him to continue to be underrated as a baseball player. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneSteve, I wonder if Posada's playing time spread isn't going to lurch over into a 50/50 split between catcher and DH duties, plus perhaps first on Tex's days off. Has to be better than lurching from the Unavailable (Nick the Stick), the Unmemorable (Lance Berkman), and the Unforgivable (Jason Giambi). (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneSteve, I wonder if Posada's playing time spread isn't going to lurch over into a 50/50 split between catcher and DH duties, plus perhaps first on Tex's days off. Has to be better than lurching from the Unavailable (Nick the Stick), the Unmemorable (Lance Berkman), and the Unforgivable (Jason Giambi). (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableJason Giambi's transformation from fat, overpaid, steroid-fueled washout to charmingly grey-haired, grizzle veteran presence over a manner of a few months just amazes me. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableAn opposite-field hit for Jason Giambi seems even less likely than Fowler hurdling Utley. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-27 16:30:00World Series Game FiveI know Howard isn't exactly Wes Parker out there, but just as a point of comparison, Jason Giambi wouldn't have come within a yard of that ball. He never would have gone for it. He would have been on the bag shouting, "Yours!" to no one in particular. (Steven Goldman)
 

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