Biographical

Portrait of Jeff Weaver

Jeff Weaver PYankees

Yankees Player Cards | Yankees Team Audit | Yankees Depth Chart

Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
13 355 1838 104 119 2 4.71 19.5
Birth Date8-22-1976
Height6' 5"
Weight200 lbs
Age43 years, 0 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
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
1999 DET MLB 30 29 163.7 9 12 0 176 56 114 27 99 9.7 3.1 1.5 6.3 0% .296 1.42 5.28 5.55 106 5.64 109.7 1.2
2000 DET MLB 31 30 200.0 11 15 0 205 52 136 26 85 9.2 2.3 1.2 6.1 0% .289 1.29 4.55 4.32 91 4.45 85.6 3.9
2001 DET MLB 33 33 229.3 13 16 0 235 68 152 19 100 9.2 2.7 0.7 6.0 0% .295 1.32 3.91 4.08 95 4.44 92.0 3.5
2002 DET 0 17 17 121.7 6 8 0 112 33 75 4 97 8.3 2.4 0.3 5.5 0% .278 1.19 3.26 3.18 90 3.83 82.2 2.4
2002 NYA 0 15 8 78.0 5 3 2 81 15 57 12 96 9.3 1.7 1.4 6.6 0% .283 1.23 4.28 4.04 90 4.44 95.3 1.0
2003 NYA MLB 32 24 159.3 7 9 0 211 47 93 16 99 11.9 2.7 0.9 5.3 0% .343 1.62 4.32 5.99 102 6.17 129.2 -0.8
2004 LAN MLB 34 34 220.0 13 13 0 219 67 153 19 92 9.0 2.7 0.8 6.3 0% .293 1.30 3.78 4.01 96 3.78 78.0 4.8
2005 LAN MLB 34 34 224.0 14 11 0 220 43 157 35 98 8.8 1.7 1.4 6.3 0% .273 1.17 4.43 4.22 95 3.64 78.3 4.7
2006 ANA 0 16 16 88.7 3 10 0 114 21 62 18 101 11.6 2.1 1.8 6.3 0% .329 1.52 5.27 6.29 104 4.79 97.5 1.0
2006 SLN 0 15 15 83.3 5 4 0 99 26 45 16 93 10.7 2.8 1.7 4.9 0% .296 1.50 5.67 5.18 110 6.23 127.0 -0.4
2007 SEA MLB 27 27 146.7 7 13 0 190 35 80 23 96 11.7 2.1 1.4 4.9 0% .327 1.53 5.13 6.20 114 7.12 147.2 -2.2
2009 LAN MLB 28 7 79.0 6 4 0 87 33 64 7 88 9.9 3.8 0.8 7.3 0% .325 1.52 4.02 3.65 107 4.59 98.4 0.7
2010 LAN MLB 43 0 44.3 5 1 0 48 20 26 5 88 9.7 4.1 1.0 5.3 0% .297 1.53 4.81 6.09 121 5.31 119.8 -0.2
2002 TOT MLB 32 25 199.7 11 11 2 193 48 132 16 96 8.7 2.2 0.7 5.9 0% .000 1.21 3.66 3.52 90 4.07 87.3 3.4
2006 TOT MLB 31 31 172.0 8 14 0 213 47 107 34 97 11.1 2.5 1.8 5.6 0% .000 1.51 5.46 5.76 107 5.49 111.8 0.6
CareerMLB3552741838.0104119219975161214227959.82.51.15.944%.3011.374.434.711004.8299.519.5

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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-
1998 WMI A MDW 2 2 13.0 1 0 0 8 0 21 1 5.5 0.0 0.7 14.5 0% -.318 0.62 1.31 1.38 0 0.00 0.0
1998 JAM A- NYP 3 3 12.0 1 0 0 6 1 12 0 4.5 0.8 0.0 9.0 0% -.462 0.58 2.08 1.50 0 0.00 0.0
1999 DET MLB AL 30 29 163.7 9 12 0 176 56 114 27 99 9.7 3.1 1.5 6.3 0% .296 1.42 5.28 5.55 106 5.64 109.7
1999 JAX AA SOU 1 1 6.0 0 0 0 5 0 6 0 7.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% -.833 0.83 1.34 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2000 DET MLB AL 31 30 200.0 11 15 0 205 52 136 26 85 9.2 2.3 1.2 6.1 0% .289 1.29 4.55 4.32 91 4.45 85.6
2000 TOL AAA INT 1 1 5.3 0 1 0 5 1 10 1 8.5 1.7 1.7 17.0 0% -.333 1.13 2.38 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
2001 DET MLB AL 33 33 229.3 13 16 0 235 68 152 19 100 9.2 2.7 0.7 6.0 0% .295 1.32 3.91 4.08 95 4.44 92.0
2002 DET MLB AL 17 17 121.7 6 8 0 112 33 75 4 97 8.3 2.4 0.3 5.5 0% .278 1.19 3.26 3.18 90 3.83 82.2
2002 NYA MLB AL 15 8 78.0 5 3 2 81 15 57 12 96 9.3 1.7 1.4 6.6 0% .283 1.23 4.28 4.04 90 4.44 95.3
2003 NYA MLB AL 32 24 159.3 7 9 0 211 47 93 16 99 11.9 2.7 0.9 5.3 0% .343 1.62 4.32 5.99 102 6.17 129.2
2004 LAN MLB NL 34 34 220.0 13 13 0 219 67 153 19 92 9.0 2.7 0.8 6.3 0% .293 1.30 3.78 4.01 96 3.78 78.0
2005 LAN MLB NL 34 34 224.0 14 11 0 220 43 157 35 98 8.8 1.7 1.4 6.3 0% .273 1.17 4.43 4.22 95 3.64 78.3
2006 ANA MLB AL 16 16 88.7 3 10 0 114 21 62 18 101 11.6 2.1 1.8 6.3 0% .329 1.52 5.27 6.29 104 4.79 97.5
2006 SLN MLB NL 15 15 83.3 5 4 0 99 26 45 16 93 10.7 2.8 1.7 4.9 0% .296 1.50 5.67 5.18 110 6.23 127.0
2007 SEA MLB AL 27 27 146.7 7 13 0 190 35 80 23 96 11.7 2.1 1.4 4.9 0% .327 1.53 5.13 6.20 114 7.12 147.2
2008 BUF AAA INT 13 4 29.7 2 2 0 38 10 22 7 91 11.5 3.0 2.1 6.7 0% .330 1.62 5.91 6.06 123 6.86 140.5
2008 NAS AAA PCL 9 9 55.0 2 4 0 64 20 37 9 103 10.5 3.3 1.5 6.1 0% .322 1.53 5.46 6.22 110 6.16 126.1
2009 LAN MLB NL 28 7 79.0 6 4 0 87 33 64 7 88 9.9 3.8 0.8 7.3 0% .325 1.52 4.02 3.65 107 4.59 98.4
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 5 1 12.7 1 0 1 11 2 12 1 89 7.8 1.4 0.7 8.5 0% .278 1.02 3.05 3.54 73 2.66 56.0
2010 LAN MLB NL 43 0 44.3 5 1 0 48 20 26 5 88 9.7 4.1 1.0 5.3 0% .297 1.53 4.81 6.09 121 5.31 119.8
2010 SBR A+ CLF 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 6.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 0% .250 1.00 2.72 0.00 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 1301 0.5211 0.4543 0.8020 0.6106 0.2841 0.8744 0.6328 0.1980
2010 706 0.5269 0.4618 0.7975 0.6263 0.2784 0.8412 0.6882 0.2025
Career20070.52310.45690.80040.61610.28210.86270.65230.1996

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
2010-08-03 2010-08-26 15-DL 23 21 Left Knee Inflammation -
2010-06-03 2010-06-06 DTD 3 3 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2010-04-22 2010-05-07 15-DL 15 14 Low Back Tightness -
2007-09-23 2007-09-23 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Laceration Fingernail -
2007-05-11 2007-06-09 15-DL 29 27 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-05-18 2005-05-18 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 LAN $
2010 LAN $800,000
2007 SEA $8,325,000
2006 ANA $8,325,000
2005 LAN $9,250,000
2004 LAN $6,250,000
2003 NYA $4,100,000
2002 DET $2,350,000
2001 DET $425,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$39,825,000
8 yrTotal$39,825,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 158 dScott Boras1 year/$0.8M (2010)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/2/10 (minor-league contract). $0.8M in majors. May opt out of contract if not added to active roster in Spring Training. $0.1M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/9/09 (minor-league contract). $0.5M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Dodgers 4/30/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 4/15/08 (minor-league contract). May request release in June if not on ML roster. Performance bonuses may increase earnings to more than $4M. Released by Milwaukee 6/11/08. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 7/5/08 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$8.325M (2007). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/07. Performance bonuses: $0.3M for 180 IP or 28 GS, $0.3M for 190 IP or 30 GS, $0.4M for 200 IP or 32 GS.
  • 1 year/$8.325M (2006). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 2/06. Performance bonuses: $0.3M each for 200 IP and 32 starts. Acquired by St. Louis in trade 7/06 after being DFA by LA Angels 6/06 (Angels to pay significant amount of approximately $4.15M remaining on contract).
  • 4 years/$22M (2002-05). Signed extension with Detroit 1/02, replacing 1 year/$2.35M deal signed 1/02, avoiding arbitration. 02:$2.4M, 03:$4.1M, 04:$6.25M, 05:$9.25M. $0.7M in performance bonuses. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Detroit 7/02. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from NY Yankees 12/03.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2001). Re-signed by Detroit 2/01.
  • 1 year/$0.275M (2000). Re-signed by Detroit 2/00.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (1999). Re-signed by Detroit 2/99.
  • Drafted by Detroit 1998 (1-14) (Fresno State).

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0?00?.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Having returned from the outskirts of oblivion in 2009, Weaver picked up where he left off as the Dodgers' utility pitcher in 2010, and carried a 3.09 ERA through the end of June despite a DL stint due to lower-back tightness. Alas, he was lit up for a 9.43 ERA the rest of the way while battling knee tendinitis; he did three more weeks on the DL and had three other stretches of at least 10 days without pitching. His slider, which had been his best swing-and-miss offering, turned into a piñata, and he was knocked for a .366 BABIP and 1.9 home runs per nine innings over his final nine appearances. If healthy, Weaver can be useful in a minor role.
2010 After pitching his way out of the majors in 2007 and putting up ugly numbers in Triple-A in 2008, Weaver reunited with Torre and the Dodgers for what looked like a last stop before Atlantic League oblivion. Injuries opened up work for him as a utility pitcher—spot starting, long relief, mop-up duty, extra-inning cannon fodder—and he turned out to be as handy as a roll of duct tape, finishing seventh on the club in combined win expectancy (SNLVAR + WXRL). Despite averaging just 4.5 innings per start, he put up a 3.13 ERA and a .519 Support-Neutral Winning Percentage as a starter, and a 4.02 Fair Run Average with 7.8 strikeouts per nine as a reliever. Though still fairly helpless against lefties, he'll survive to pitch another year so long as he can miss righty bats.
2009 Speaking of guys who are finished, Jeff Weaver hasn't put up an ERA below 5.70 or WHIP below 1.50 since 2005.
2008 Trolling the off-season pitching market is often like last-minute Christmas shopping. You talk yourself into things. Fifteen minutes before the mall closes, you find yourself in the DVD section of one of the big stores, and Navy Seals finds its way into your hands. It's not that you know someone who wants Navy Seals, it's not even that you like the movie yourself, it's just there, and it's on sale, and it's got Charlie Sheen. Jeff Weaver is the Navy Seals of pitchers. Weaver always seems to put it together for a month or so each season, a stretch of starts that will later result in some GM talking himself into signing him. In 2006, to the Cardinals' great delight, that month was October. Last year, it was June. Just remember that if you give them Weaver, your fan base might fake some enthusiasm, but they'll be looking for a gift receipt, hoping that he can be returned.
2007 Not only was F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong about there not being second acts in life in American lives, there are often more than the Shakespearean standard of five. Weaver is living proof of that, having journeyed through a season that moved him from the rocky shores of humiliation to the beaches of redemption. The displacement-by-sibling in Anaheim and October heroics in St. Louis aside, there is still the matter of his pitching. Prior to 2006, Weaver had only allowed more than a hit per inning once, but safeties were falling much more frequently in both stops last year. He`s become a lot more susceptible to the long ball over the past two seasons as well. Still, something seemed to click once Dave Duncan got a hold of him--Weaver sported a 6.71 ERA on the season after his fourth Cardinal start, then dropped it a run by posting a 4.18 mark over his final eleven. That was followed by his 2.43 ERA in five postseason starts, capped by his gem in the World Series clincher. Weaver was 29 last year, the same age as Dave Stewart and Chris Carpenter when they first came under Duncan`s tutelage. We`re not saying that Weaver will win 20 games if he comes back to St. Louis, but he might want to give it some serious thought. Otherwise, he`s at least guaranteed to eat innings, and when teams are casting about for back-of-the-rotation guys, that sometimes counts as much as results.
2006 Weaver ate innings like Mr. Creosote, even when going badly. Through his first ten starts he sported a 5.97 ERA and averaged six innings per start.. But after May 29, he settled down to post a 3.60 ERA and almost seven per. In comparing his two seasons as a Dodger, note that while his strikeout rate remained virtually constant, he cut his walks by more than a third. Meanwhile, his home run rate nearly doubled. The lesson seems to be, `Don`t throw too many strikes, kid, or you`ll spend a lot of time yelling into your glove.` He won`t live up to the hype that surrounded him in his early years, but the free agent market should make him a very wealthy LAIM nonetheless.
2005 One of the least popular pitchers ever to call Yankee Stadium home moved to Chavez Ravine and was pretty much rotation filler. An ERA of 4.00 while playing half your games in Dodger Stadium is nothing to really write home about, but most clubs could use someone to just take the ball every fifth day and give the club a good chance to win the game, especially one with as many question marks as the Dodgers. They'll need more of the same—or slightly better—as he enters the final year of his contract in 2005.
2004 Probably the most unpopular Yankee since Ed Whitson, Weaver ends his pinstriped career with a 5.35 ERA, one unfortunate World Series appearance, and, you'd imagine, one heck of a smile on his face. After Whitson was sent away fruen New York in 1986, he went on to have a number of good seasons with the Padres. Weaver has been dropped into a great situation in L.A., with a good infield defense in a pitcher's park. His ERA could drop under 4.00 just based on that alone. He's a great fantasy pick in '04.
2003 Barring a trade, Weaver is almost certain to wind up in the pen from among the seven starting pitchers on the roster after Clemens re-signed and Contreras was brought in. Weaver is also one of the guys that if the Yankees do deal a starter, they should hold onto. Jumbo Wells is ancient, Andy Pettitte is a risk, and El Duque’s age and health record aren’t exactly inspiring. Weaver won’t grow up to be the next David Cone, but he should be an outstanding third starter for your 2004 Yankees. Hopefully; between his animated mound presence and his sweet slider, he can settle in and become a star.
2002 With TV play-by-play man Josh Lewin fleeing Detroit to work for the Rangers, Weaver remains the only compelling reason to tune in to Tiger broadcasts. His stuff remains as untameable as ever; unfortunately, so does his temper. His end-of-season outburst after Garner left him in to absorb a beating in his final start was only the culmination of the heaviest workload Garner had placed on a starting pitcher since Cal Eldred’s shoulder broke down in the mid-1990s. The combination of Weaver’s consistent mechanics and a pair of relatively light workloads in 1999 and 2000 should keep him healthy. If the Tigers get a real fly-chaser to man center field, Weaver’s ERA could drop by a full run.
2001 The most exciting player on the Tigers (and not just because he led the league in hit batsmen), Jeff Weaver has absolutely electric stuff. Pitchers are constantly tinkering with things, but Weaver is in the early stages of his career, when such adjustments can pay off handsomely. Weaver’s biggest physical change was the addition of a cut fastball that resulted in a 137-point drop in the OPS left-handed hitters posted against him. Maybe even more important was his increased maturity on the mound. Pay no attention to the 11-15 record; according to Michael Wolverton’s Support-Neutral work, Weaver was the sixth-unluckiest pitcher in the majors last year.
2000 Weaver looked like the superstar the Tigers needed, reaching the majors less than a year out of college and giving up two runs or fewer in 10 of his first 14 starts. He was hitting 94 mph on the gun with an effortless three-quarters motion, and it seemed like every pitch he threw was on the corner at the knees. In short, he looked every bit like the once-in-a-decade pitcher who arrives from a college campus with nothing to learn about getting major-league hitters out--a Mike Mussina for the ’00s.

In the gutsiest and wisest decision made by an organization all year, the Tigers refused to let his success obscure the fact that 1999 was his first full year of professional baseball, and put him on a strict pitch limit: 100 pitches for his first six weeks and 110 after that. And they lived stuck by that rule, bending it for a total of one pitch all season.

And yet, a funny thing happened:

 WLERAIPHWKHR
Through June 22632.93866525519
After June 22398.4677.2111316318


Weaver’s descent into hell was quick and complete: he gave up six runs or more eight times in his last 14 starts as his overall numbers went from outstanding to just barely standing at all. He wasn’t hurt. He wasn’t missing the life on his pitches. And he wasn’t able to turn things around, exasperating the team that had such high hopes for him.

The only chink in Weaver’s armor early in the year was that his delivery, coming as close to sidearm as it did, appeared to make him vulnerable to left-handed hitters. And indeed, he did have a significant platoon split. Was it possible that his troubles in the second half of the year were the result of managers stacking their lineup with eight or nine left-handed hitters, leaving Weaver with no easy outs in the lineup?

Take a look. Weaver’s June 27 start was filed under "July", in order to give a clearer picture of his decline and fall:
1999 The Tigers’ first-round selection last June, he didn’t break a sweat while ringing up hitters at two levels, and was even better in the Midwest League playoffs, going 16 innings without an earned run. In fairness, first-round college pitchers - especially a senior like Weaver was - should dominate the low minors right from the get-go. But he was the only pitcher from the 1998 draft to be assigned to the Arizona Fall League, where he more than held his own. On the very fast track, could be in Detroit by September.

BP Articles

Click here to see articles tagged with Jeff Weaver

BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Dumbest Yankee playoff management decision: Jeff Weaver in extra innings of game 4 of the '03 World Series, with the greatest relief pitcher of all time sitting the bench.
(Ken_P from NY)
Certainly belongs in that discussion. The fact that it wasn't an elimination game might soften the blow a little, but damn, that was stupid. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Eric Milton replacing Jeff Weaver on the Dodgers roster one of the funniest transactions in recent memory?
(Fred from NJ)
Give it another couple of weeks, and I figure we might see Tom Niedenfuer. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is James MacDonald's future still as a solid rotation guy for the Dodgers, and if so, when do you think he'll get another crack? I agree that the Eric Milton/Jeff Weaver pas de deux is pretty humorous, but MacDonald was getting shelled.
(Chet from Charleston, S.C.)
True, he was, but I think it's interesting that the Dodgers would wind up with Milton or Weaver when better options have bobbed across the wire; I can't help but wonder if this isn't a failure at the top, because a club with LA's resources shouldn't overlook the opportunities to have added someone like Redding or Gaudin. Heck, where's Odalis Perez? Watching daytime television, right? (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)As regards "figuring out the WHY," what's your take on why/how St. Louis is overperforming so much?
(Bill from New Mexico)
The Cards have done a great job with a rotation that's largely retreads, converted relievers, and booger-eating spazzes, guys like Braden Looper and Todd Wellemeyer into solid contributors. Credit Dave Duncan, who was able to get enough out of Jeff Weaver to bring home an unlikely World Championship while every other team that's had him since Detroit has been bitterly disappointed. The bottom line is that the Cards aren't beating themselves - they're second in the NL in fewest walks allowed even while running second-to-last in strikeouts.

The other thing that's noteworthy is the way Tony LaRussa has pieced together his outfield. I'm not the biggest TLR fan in the world, and I'm still a little skeptical that guys like Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker can keep it up for a full year, but this is hardly the 70-something win team I foresaw. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Morris is one of my HACKING MASS pitchers. Having gone "too much, too bad, too soon," is he going to stay retired or is someone going to make him an offer he can't refuse. (I'm afraid I know the answer).
(ekanenh from Exeter)
Someone's always going to kick the tires; we'll be seeing Jeff Weaver again, after all. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Likely to make an in-season roster?: Julio Franco, Jeff Weaver, Bonds, Clemens.
(Bill W from Brooklyn NY)
Still holding out hope for Bonds. Y'know, if the Mariners just got over themselves and plugged in Bonds for Vidro, they might actually be able to take advantage of the Angels' injuries. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourJoe, Jeff Weaver, Game 5, 2003 World Series. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesRandom fact #3: Dewayne Wise's home run today was his 16th in the big leagues. They have come off 15 different pitchers who have a combined record of 736-713; the winningest of the bunch being Jeff Weaver with 93. Wise homered off Brian Bannister twice this season. (David Laurila)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC