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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 6558 .295 .360 .395 100 16.4
Birth Date8-14-1971
Height6' 0"
Weight175 lbs
Age47 years, 11 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1995 MIL 23 19 56 13 3 0 1 4 7 1 1 1 .260 .327 .380 95 -0.2 1.1 1.9 0.5
1996 MIL 24 73 170 43 3 0 1 14 15 0 2 1 .279 .339 .318 76 -4.7 0.9 -0.2 0.2
1997 MIL 25 132 482 120 17 5 5 47 60 2 5 5 .287 .354 .388 97 0.2 -3.5 0.6 1.1
1998 MIL 26 140 491 137 29 0 6 42 47 7 9 6 .316 .382 .424 108 6.4 -4.2 -2.8 1.2
1999 MIL 27 153 664 170 34 5 5 52 59 10 4 1 .290 .354 .390 90 -6.0 1.0 -6.5 0.5
2000 MIL 28 91 399 99 21 1 7 37 38 1 0 3 .281 .350 .406 86 -5.1 0.0 4.2 1.6
2001 MIL 29 102 429 111 14 2 2 28 46 7 1 2 .289 .346 .352 86 -5.8 -1.0 -5.2 0.1
2002 HOU 30 21 77 28 4 0 2 9 5 0 1 1 .424 .481 .576 107 1.0 -1.2 0.4 0.3
2002 MIL 30 86 252 58 14 0 2 23 32 5 0 0 .267 .350 .359 107 3.4 1.2 -3.1 1.0
2003 SDN 31 154 653 185 28 4 13 54 62 3 5 4 .314 .372 .441 113 13.2 -1.3 2.3 3.0
2004 SDN 32 154 707 208 47 2 16 58 45 9 5 3 .335 .391 .495 132 30.0 0.9 5.8 5.6
2005 SDN 33 105 463 113 16 1 3 45 34 8 8 4 .280 .360 .347 98 -0.5 -2.8 -13.8 -0.4
2006 BOS 34 155 703 181 33 0 5 49 63 12 4 1 .285 .345 .361 91 -5.3 -4.2 -4.1 0.5
2007 HOU 35 133 511 132 23 2 4 44 41 3 1 2 .287 .352 .372 88 -5.7 -6.4 -3.9 0.1
2008 HOU 36 101 297 73 15 0 4 29 30 2 0 0 .280 .350 .383 100 0.6 -0.5 -0.6 0.8
2009 LAN 37 107 204 42 8 0 0 20 21 1 1 1 .232 .309 .276 84 -3.4 0.8 1.4 0.4
Career1726655817133092276555605714735.295.360.39510018.1-19.3-23.516.4

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 PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1993 STO A+ CLF 53 229 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 HEL Rk PIO 6 30 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ELP AA TXS 77 345 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 NWO AAA AA 43 159 .000 .000 .000 .220 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MIL MLB AL 19 56 .258 .325 .394 .286 102 0.3 1.7 0.5 95 14 1.9 1.1 -0.2 0.5
1995 NWO AAA AA 127 534 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MIL MLB AL 73 170 .282 .352 .449 .304 98 -7.5 5.3 0.8 76 12 -0.2 0.9 -4.7 0.2
1996 NWO AAA AA 19 85 .000 .000 .000 .281 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MIL MLB AL 132 482 .267 .332 .417 .317 97 0.2 13.3 0.4 97 8 0.6 -3.5 0.2 1.1
1998 MIL MLB NL 140 491 .262 .328 .408 .340 100 7.6 12.7 -0.2 108 9 -2.8 -4.2 6.4 1.2
1999 MIL MLB NL 153 664 .268 .338 .430 .312 99 -8.8 18.0 -0.7 90 9 -6.5 1.0 -6.0 0.5
2000 MIL MLB NL 91 399 .269 .340 .438 .299 110 -5.3 12.6 5.7 86 9 4.2 0.0 -5.1 1.6
2000 IND AAA INT 0 28 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MIL MLB NL 102 429 .262 .328 .424 .322 103 -7.6 12.8 0.3 86 8 -5.2 -1.0 -5.8 0.1
2001 IND AAA INT 8 33 .000 .000 .000 .111 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HOU MLB NL 21 77 .252 .326 .395 .426 101 9 2.2 0.4 107 10 0.4 -1.2 1.0 0.3
2002 MIL MLB NL 86 252 .258 .328 .409 .304 99 -4.7 7.3 0.8 107 10 -3.1 1.2 3.4 1.0
2003 SDN MLB NL 154 653 .259 .326 .409 .332 95 20.6 17.2 -0.8 113 7 2.3 -1.3 13.2 3.0
2004 SDN MLB NL 154 707 .267 .334 .431 .334 93 47.6 21.0 -1 132 9 5.8 0.9 30.0 5.6
2005 SDN MLB NL 105 463 .268 .333 .427 .296 93 -0.4 13.3 -0.6 98 7 -13.8 -2.8 -0.5 -0.4
2005 POR AAA PCL 3 12 .245 .316 .385 .111 75 -2 0.4 -0.1 78 0 -0.4 0.1 -0.3 0.0
2006 BOS MLB AL 155 703 .273 .337 .433 .308 106 -15.3 21.2 -2.1 91 7 -4.1 -4.2 -5.3 0.5
2007 HOU MLB NL 133 511 .268 .336 .423 .308 103 -9.5 15.2 2 88 7 -3.9 -6.4 -5.7 0.1
2008 HOU MLB NL 101 297 .261 .331 .418 .297 100 -0.7 8.6 0.1 100 11 -0.6 -0.5 0.6 0.8
2009 LAN MLB NL 107 204 .260 .332 .404 .259 91 -11.8 5.8 -1 84 8 1.4 0.8 -3.4 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1993 HEL Rk PIO 30 28 5 9 1 0 1 13 8 1 4 0 0 .321 .367 .464 .143 0 0
1993 STO A+ CLF 229 201 36 73 4 1 4 91 31 22 17 8 2 .363 .427 .453 .090 2 2
1994 NWO AAA AA 159 138 16 29 7 0 1 39 14 12 13 2 1 .210 .282 .283 .072 3 3
1994 ELP AA TXS 345 302 50 95 13 6 0 120 38 27 33 8 5 .315 .365 .397 .083 9 9
1995 NWO AAA AA 534 479 48 137 22 5 7 190 79 34 47 8 9 .286 .342 .397 .111 5 5
1995 MIL MLB AL 56 50 13 13 3 0 1 19 3 4 7 1 1 .260 .327 .380 .120 0 1
1996 NWO AAA AA 85 71 10 18 5 1 0 25 11 9 8 1 1 .254 .349 .352 .099 1 1
1996 MIL MLB AL 170 154 20 43 3 0 1 49 13 14 15 2 1 .279 .339 .318 .039 0 2
1997 MIL MLB AL 482 418 56 120 17 5 5 162 47 47 60 5 5 .287 .354 .388 .100 10 5
1998 MIL MLB NL 491 434 55 137 29 0 6 184 54 42 47 9 6 .316 .382 .424 .108 4 4
1999 MIL MLB NL 664 587 93 170 34 5 5 229 67 52 59 4 1 .290 .354 .390 .101 6 9
2000 MIL MLB NL 399 352 49 99 21 1 7 143 40 37 38 0 3 .281 .350 .406 .125 1 8
2000 IND AAA INT 28 25 6 6 1 0 0 7 5 2 4 0 0 .240 .321 .280 .040 0 0
2001 IND AAA INT 33 31 4 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 4 0 0 .097 .152 .097 .000 0 0
2001 MIL MLB NL 429 384 40 111 14 2 2 135 29 28 46 1 2 .289 .346 .352 .063 3 7
2002 HOU MLB NL 77 66 10 28 4 0 2 38 8 9 5 1 1 .424 .481 .576 .152 2 0
2002 MIL MLB NL 252 217 23 58 14 0 2 78 19 23 32 0 0 .267 .350 .359 .092 1 6
2003 SDN MLB NL 653 589 74 185 28 4 13 260 72 54 62 5 4 .314 .372 .441 .127 4 3
2004 SDN MLB NL 707 620 108 208 47 2 16 307 76 58 45 5 3 .335 .391 .495 .160 16 4
2005 SDN MLB NL 463 404 54 113 16 1 3 140 38 45 34 8 4 .280 .360 .347 .067 4 2
2005 POR AAA PCL 12 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 .100 .250 .100 .000 0 0
2006 BOS MLB AL 703 635 75 181 33 0 5 229 59 49 63 4 1 .285 .345 .361 .076 5 2
2007 HOU MLB NL 511 460 52 132 23 2 4 171 41 44 41 1 2 .287 .352 .372 .085 1 3
2008 HOU MLB NL 297 261 27 73 15 0 4 100 38 29 30 0 0 .280 .350 .383 .103 5 0
2009 LAN MLB NL 204 181 19 42 8 0 0 50 25 20 21 1 1 .232 .309 .276 .044 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1149 0.5509 0.4404 0.8755 0.6367 0.1996 0.9082 0.7476 0.1245 -0.0010
2009 781 0.5327 0.4110 0.8785 0.5745 0.2247 0.9205 0.7561 0.1215 -0.0019
Career19300.54350.42850.87670.61150.20980.91320.75100.1233-0.0014

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-03-24 2009-04-02 Camp 9 0 Right Groin Tightness -
2008-08-03 2008-08-05 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Contusion Quadriceps -
2007-09-09 2007-09-09 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2007-06-20 2007-06-20 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2007-03-05 2007-03-07 Camp 2 0 Neck Stiffness -
2006-08-08 2006-08-08 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2006-06-25 2006-06-26 DTD 1 0 Neck Stiffness -
2005-05-18 2005-07-19 60-DL 62 53 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2005-05-24
2004-09-27 2004-09-28 DTD 1 0 Left Forearm Contusion HBP -
2004-09-05 2004-09-09 DTD 4 4 Right Fingers Contusion Ring Finger -
2003-09-07 2003-09-09 DTD 2 1 Left Thumb Swelling Thumb -
2001-09-30 2001-10-07 DTD 7 6 Left Lower Leg Fracture Fibula and MCL - -
2001-03-27 2001-05-19 15-DL 53 41 Left Thumb Recovery From Surgery Ligament 2001-03-15
2001-03-13 2001-03-27 Camp 14 0 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2001-03-15
2000-06-03 2000-08-17 15-DL 75 66 Left Surgery Big Toe Fracture Foul Ball - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 LAN $1,250,000
2008 HOU $2,750,000
2007 HOU $2,500,000
2006 BOS $3,750,000
2005 SDN $2,750,000
2004 SDN $2,500,000
2003 SDN $1,250,000
2002 MIL, HOU $5,000,000
2001 MIL $3,500,000
2000 MIL $2,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$27,750,000
10 yrTotal$27,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 11 dBob Garber1 yr/$1.25M (09)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from HOU 12/13/08, 1 year/$1.4M (09)
  • performance bonus:$25K each 250,300 plate appearances
  • $50K 400 plate appearances
  • $0.1M 450 plate appearances
  • lost arbitration 2/19/08 ($4.9M-$2.75M), 1 year/$2.75M (08)
  • signed as a free agent from BOS 12/06, 1 year/$2.5M (07)+$1M performance bonus
  • acquired in trade from SD 12/05
  • 2 year/$5.25M (04-05)+$3M 06 c/vesting option
  • $25K All Star bonuses
  • 04:$2.5M. 05:$2.75M, 06:$3M option ($3.75M with trade) (vests with 370 plate appearances in 05)
  • acquired in trade from MIL 9/02
  • 1 year/$1.25M (03)
  • FA after 02
  • 3 year/$11M (00-02) 00:$2.5M, 01:$3.5M, 02:$5M

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Loretta saw more playing time than any Dodger reserve this side of Juan Pierre, drawing starts at first and third mainly against lefties and serving as the team's most frequent pinch-hitter. In the latter role, he followed a 7-for-10 start with a 7-for-50 finish, but Torre kept calling his number. It all added up to less playing time than he was used to, and he set a career low in EqA by packing about as much punch as a Monty Burns uppercut. This may be the end of the line.
2009 Over the last four seasons, Loretta has been spectacularly consistent. Though the context changes the value of the numbers, in each season he's hit between .280 and .287, had an OBP between .345 and .360, and slugged between .347 and .363. The guy is really in a rut. Envisioned as the Astros' primary infield reserve, he wound up being limited to backing up Kaz Matsui's various injuries, as Cecil Cooper rode an idiosyncratic preference for Geoff Blum. A free agent, he signed a one-year deal to work around the infield for the Dodgers. Watch out for the inevitable moment when Joe Torre decides he's a more reliable first baseman than James Loney.
2008 Loretta will warrant a bench job as long as he raps out good contact rates and .280 batting averages. However, the steep decline in his range and loss of the power he had at his peak make him a substandard starting second baseman, and it's likely that he'll end up as an at least part-time starter for the Astros this year, because it's unlikely that Kaz Matsui will both stay healthy and play well all season long.
2007 Loretta unfortunately showed that his 2005 falloff wasn`t solely attributable to his thumb injury. Acquired in the Mirabelli deal, his move from pitcher-friendly PETCO to hitter-friendly Fenway should have pumped some air into his rate stats, but his OBP fell by 15 points, and his slight up-tick in SLG was all park, not performance (.308/.376/.411 at home, .261/.313/.309 on the road). He`s 35 and below average with both the glove and the bat, but versatile enough to go back to the utility role from whence he came.
2006 Loretta started slowly prior to tearing a ligament in his left thumb, and never got untracked upon his return. His decidedly nonstandard career arc should keep you from counting him out completely, but he`s an aged middle infielder; as a breed, they`re notorious for hitting the wall rather decisively. Traded to Boston for Doug Mirabelli, where he`ll start for the Red Sox and likely hit another wall, a big green one, and often.
2005 Toward the end of the season, Jonah Keri wrote an article for the BP website looking at Loretta's breakout in 2003 at age 32, followed by his borderline MVP-caliber season in '04 at age 33. What made his emergence doubly sweet for the Padres was the way they acquired him: The team wanted to sign a middle infielder after the 2002 season to play alongside Ramon Vazquez. The finalists were Loretta and Royce Clayton. Being a shortstop, and with Vazquez better suited for playing second, Clayton was the first choice. The Pads got lucky, and they now have the best second baseman in the league signed cheaply through 2006. Still, there's a lesson to be learned: Loretta's worst OBP in any season with over 350 plate appearances was .346. Clayton's best was .348—and that in hitter-happy Arlington. When in doubt, take the guy who gets on base.
2004 His season was a little bit better than ones he'd put up in the past, but in this one he was the best player on a bad team. For that, he got a two-year contract extension worth $5.25 million. Loretta is a good utility infielder and a mediocre regular, and he will be hard-pressed to stay above league average as a second baseman for the duration of this deal.
2003 Signed in late August to back up the backups over the final 30 games, Loretta hurt himself again and couldn’t finish the season. He would make a dandy utility infielder and emergency starter off the Houston bench, but with Jose Vizcaino under contract and laughably considered Loretta’s equal by the Astros’ brass, it’s not getting serious consideration. A free agent, Loretta signed a one-year deal with San Diego, where he’ll be their utility infielder.
2002 Loretta got hurt again, starting off with an injured thumb that cost him the first couple of months, and finishing with a broken leg that has people concerned going into 2002. With Houston and Hernandez coming off of good seasons, Loretta will be shoehorned into a roving infielder role, starting at second base, third base, and shortstop as needed. That’s not an ideal role for him; at third base, he’s too ready to let the ball play him, while giving you less offense than you’d want from the position. After he shows he’s healthy, he’ll be very valuable to a contender looking for a starter at second or short.
2001 Mark Loretta is one of the best pure contact hitters in the majors, so it was shocking to see him occasionally break character and turn on inside pitches last year. Look for him to post career highs in doubles and/or home runs this season.
2000 Shortstop and first base? Who does he think he is, Ernie Banks? Roy Smalley Jr.? Loretta's range is limited for everyday play at shortstop, but he's a good offensive player for a middle infielder. While this winter's rumor is that it's Jose Valentin who will be traded, thus finally settling the organization's choice between them, Loretta would fetch more because of his versatility. The organization should be scrabbling for whatever prospects they can get who play center field, shortstop or catcher.
1999 Northwestern’s best major leaguer, Loretta should be the Brewers’ everyday shortstop right now. That puts the Brewers in a difficult situation with Jose Valentin, but neither player is that young. The Brewers problem is similar to what it was in the mid-80s: a group of infielders who can outhit their outfield. It isn’t because their infielders are the Joe Morgan and Honus Wagner and Mike Schmidt, so we’ll call this the Curse of Charlie Moore. It isn’t a hard problem to fix, but the Brewers run the risk of blowing the best years of their core players because they need to make some choices, instead of farting around with everybody all at once.
1998 The ex-shortstop out of Northwestern has turned into a fine utilityman, starting ten or more games at all four infield positions. Given the limited number of options the Brewers had to fill the leadoff slot, you might have thought Loretta would have been a good answer, but he failed to impress Garner in his limited duty in the role.
1997 Not a bad utility guy to have. If he can hang on and be perceived as a major leaguer, perhaps find the occasional spotlight, he might be Mike Gallego or Dick Schofield with a bit more of a bat. Not a long-term solution in the infield, but certainly no worse a player than the Joey Coras of the world.
1996  A Northwestern graduate (leading to inevitable talk about being a "heady" player), Loretta has handled second, short, and third, and has shown the ability to hang in the box in important situations. Loretta was second in the American Association in RBI. He'll get first crack at the starting job at second base in spring training.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Saw a suggestion somewhere that the Yankees might simply slide Cano across the diamond to third and then pick up a middle infielder, which seems like an easier option than finding a quality 3B. What do you think?
(Rob from Brighton)
The market does seem to contain more free talent (Esteban German) or free agents (Ray Durham, Mark Grudzielanek) among second basemen than third basemen, so if Cano could pull off the switch it might be worthwhile. That said, Cano's got enough to worry about with resuscitating his bat, so I'd rather see the Yanks try something else; I like Grudz or the Dodgers' Mark Loretta -- rendered redundant by the Orlando Hudson signing and Blake DeWitt's attempt to become a utilityman for the short term -- as backups who would have value even if A-Rod returns. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Kouzmanoff for Kennedy/Melky. Who hangs up first?
(dcoonce from bloomington, indiana)
The Yankees, I would hope. They'd be trading two players low for a guy who might not hit in the AL, who can't play defense, and who is an empty roster spot come 6/1 or so. If the Yankees want to patch this with a trade, they can go get Mark Loretta or something, a player who will be useful after Rodriguez returns. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe- Any chance that Hu or DeJesus Jr. make the big club out of spring training? And if Furcal makes a trip to the DL, which one gets the call and shouldn't they probably trade the other?
(Max from Norfolk)
Hu is better defensively, so he'd be the choice if they went that way. I suspect that the short-term response would be to use Mark Loretta there. I don't think you can trade DeJesus until you figure out what he is. 2009 will be key in that regard.

Dave in STL, knock it off. Now. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like it might be a reasonable strategy for rebuilding teams to sign Mark Loretta-types to 1 year deals, include in the contract that they can't accept arbitration, plan to play them enough so that they qualify as Type B Free Agents, and then hopefully collect the sandwich pick when they sign elsewhere the following year. Is that actually a reasonable strategy? Can teams do this? Do they?
(dcbove from Albany, NY)
I'm absolutely certain no player or agent would allow that clause, and nearly as certain that building a strategy around signing guys just good enough to be Type B free agents is a bad idea. (Joe Sheehan)


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