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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 205 1221.7 72 69 0 4.17 11.4
Birth Date1-12-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age36 years, 7 months, 10 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
2003 FLO MLB 27 27 160.7 14 6 0 148 58 142 13 .256 97 8.3 3.2 0.7 8.0 44% .299 .239 1.28 3.39 3.30 84 3.72 78.0 3.6
2004 FLO MLB 32 32 197.0 10 11 0 210 61 139 20 .256 91 9.6 2.8 0.9 6.4 47% .307 .264 1.38 3.90 4.02 93 4.12 85.0 3.6
2005 FLO MLB 34 34 236.3 22 10 0 213 55 170 11 .257 92 8.1 2.1 0.4 6.5 47% .282 .230 1.13 2.95 2.63 86 3.34 71.8 5.8
2006 FLO MLB 34 34 223.3 12 12 0 234 83 160 21 .260 94 9.4 3.3 0.8 6.4 49% .308 .262 1.42 4.26 3.87 100 5.42 110.4 1.0
2007 FLO MLB 35 35 205.3 10 15 0 241 87 146 29 .254 105 10.6 3.8 1.3 6.4 49% .318 .282 1.60 5.06 5.17 107 5.37 111.2 0.9
2008 DET MLB 8 7 24.0 0 2 0 18 35 18 4 .260 107 6.8 13.1 1.5 6.8 41% .219 .301 2.21 8.32 9.38 163 9.58 204.4 -1.1
2009 DET MLB 7 7 33.7 1 4 0 37 28 17 4 .260 105 9.9 7.5 1.1 4.5 54% .300 .291 1.93 6.25 7.49 128 7.55 161.9 -0.8
2010 ARI 0 6 5 22.3 1 1 0 24 27 14 3 .263 99 9.7 10.9 1.2 5.6 47% .313 .355 2.28 7.62 6.85 145 7.82 176.6 -0.7
2010 DET 0 9 8 43.3 1 2 0 48 29 33 3 .257 108 10.0 6.0 0.6 6.9 47% .336 .267 1.78 4.57 4.98 126 7.04 158.9 -0.9
2011 CIN MLB 13 13 75.7 1 6 0 78 37 57 6 .253 104 9.3 4.4 0.7 6.8 57% .310 .264 1.52 4.06 5.00 105 4.40 102.3 0.6
2010 TOT MLB 15 13 65.7 2 3 0 72 56 47 6 .259 105 9.9 7.7 0.8 6.4 47% .328 .299 1.95 5.60 5.62 133 7.30 164.9 -1.6
CareerMLB2052021221.7726901251500896114.257979.23.70.86.648%.303.2611.434.164.171004.80101.311.4

Statistics for All Levels

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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-
2001 BOI A- 15 15 93.7 8 2 0 76 19 77 1 .000 7.3 1.8 0.1 7.4 0% -.773 .000 1.01 2.88 2.98 0 0.00 0.0
2002 KNC A 19 19 127.7 10 2 0 91 21 101 3 .000 6.4 1.5 0.2 7.1 0% .246 .000 0.88 2.63 1.83 0 0.00 0.0
2002 JUP A+ 5 5 30.0 2 0 0 24 3 27 2 .000 7.2 0.9 0.6 8.1 0% .268 .000 0.90 2.64 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2003 FLO MLB 27 27 160.7 14 6 0 148 58 142 13 .256 97 8.3 3.2 0.7 8.0 44% .299 .239 1.28 3.39 3.30 84 3.72 78.0
2003 CAR AA 6 6 36.3 4 0 0 24 9 32 2 .000 6.0 2.2 0.5 7.9 0% .244 .000 0.91 2.77 1.49 0 0.00 0.0
2004 FLO MLB 32 32 197.0 10 11 0 210 61 139 20 .256 91 9.6 2.8 0.9 6.4 47% .307 .264 1.38 3.90 4.02 93 4.12 85.0
2005 FLO MLB 34 34 236.3 22 10 0 213 55 170 11 .257 92 8.1 2.1 0.4 6.5 47% .282 .230 1.13 2.95 2.63 86 3.34 71.8
2006 FLO MLB 34 34 223.3 12 12 0 234 83 160 21 .260 94 9.4 3.3 0.8 6.4 49% .308 .262 1.42 4.26 3.87 100 5.42 110.4
2006 USA wor 2 2 5.0 0 2 0 10 6 4 1 .000 18.0 10.8 1.8 7.2 0% .429 .000 3.20 8.96 14.40 0 0.00 0.0
2007 FLO MLB 35 35 205.3 10 15 0 241 87 146 29 .254 105 10.6 3.8 1.3 6.4 49% .318 .282 1.60 5.06 5.17 107 5.37 111.2
2008 DET MLB 8 7 24.0 0 2 0 18 35 18 4 .260 107 6.8 13.1 1.5 6.8 41% .219 .301 2.21 8.32 9.38 163 9.58 204.4
2008 LAK A+ 6 5 28.0 0 3 0 30 11 18 2 .257 110 9.6 3.5 0.6 5.8 47% .311 .255 1.46 4.03 4.50 101 5.01 112.9
2008 TOL AAA 6 6 28.3 3 1 0 34 14 20 2 .269 67 10.8 4.5 0.6 6.4 47% .333 .301 1.70 4.30 4.45 100 4.74 103.8
2009 DET MLB 7 7 33.7 1 4 0 37 28 17 4 .260 105 9.9 7.5 1.1 4.5 54% .300 .291 1.93 6.25 7.49 128 7.55 161.9
2009 LAK A+ 1 1 7.0 0 1 0 8 0 2 1 .256 119 10.3 0.0 1.3 2.6 72% .292 .225 1.14 4.48 5.14 101 3.38 79.0
2009 ERI AA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 3 3 6 1 .260 110 4.5 4.5 1.5 9.0 50% .154 .212 1.00 4.80 3.00 93 2.76 61.7
2009 TOL AAA 5 5 24.3 1 2 0 22 17 15 1 .239 109 8.1 6.3 0.4 5.6 60% .284 .240 1.60 4.67 4.81 109 5.02 113.1
2010 ARI MLB 6 5 22.3 1 1 0 24 27 14 3 .263 99 9.7 10.9 1.2 5.6 47% .313 .355 2.28 7.62 6.85 145 7.82 176.6
2010 DET MLB 9 8 43.3 1 2 0 48 29 33 3 .257 108 10.0 6.0 0.6 6.9 47% .336 .267 1.78 4.57 4.98 126 7.04 158.9
2010 FRE AAA 5 0 5.3 0 0 0 2 4 6 1 .285 97 3.4 6.8 1.7 10.2 58% .091 .222 1.13 7.73 5.09 103 5.60 104.7
2010 GIA Rk 3 0 2.0 0 1 0 4 1 1 1 .271 91 18.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 67% .375 .446 2.50 12.75 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CIN MLB 13 13 75.7 1 6 0 78 37 57 6 .253 104 9.3 4.4 0.7 6.8 57% .310 .264 1.52 4.06 5.00 105 4.40 102.3
2011 LOU AAA 13 13 75.3 5 2 0 71 20 67 5 .246 95 8.5 2.4 0.6 8.0 55% .304 .231 1.21 3.15 2.63 76 1.74 39.0
2012 NOR AAA 4 1 6.3 0 3 0 10 4 4 0 .257 115 14.2 5.7 0.0 5.7 44% .400 .281 2.21 3.79 8.53 112 6.53 148.2
2013 SLC AAA 5 4 21.0 2 1 0 20 14 12 3 .268 117 8.6 6.0 1.3 5.1 51% .254 .279 1.62 6.56 6.43 115 5.79 116.9
2014 FRE AAA 2 0 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .292 90 0.0 13.5 0.0 0.0 100% .000 .173 1.50 8.19 0.00 116 7.31 142.0

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 501 0.4331 0.3293 0.8364 0.4977 0.2007 0.9074 0.7018 0.1636
2009 614 0.5049 0.3990 0.8694 0.5452 0.2500 0.8994 0.8026 0.1306
2010 1260 0.4540 0.3500 0.8390 0.5175 0.2108 0.8716 0.7724 0.1610
2011 1227 0.5069 0.4613 0.7986 0.6334 0.2843 0.8680 0.6395 0.2014
Career36020.47780.39340.83010.55890.24110.88010.72250.1699

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
2014-04-03 2014-04-12 Minors 9 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2013-02-25 2013-03-01 Camp 4 0 Left Shoulder Fatigue - -
2012-04-12 2012-06-21 Minors 70 65 Left Forearm Strain - -
2012-03-08 2012-03-15 Camp 7 0 Left Arm Soreness - -
2011-09-13 2011-09-25 DTD 12 11 - Back Spasms - -
2011-08-14 2011-08-14 DTD 0 0 Left Forearm Tightness - -
2011-05-22 2011-06-06 Minors 15 14 Groin Strain -
2011-03-13 2011-03-17 Camp 4 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2010-06-11 2010-06-18 DTD 7 6 Fingers Infection Split Fingernail -
2010-05-05 2010-05-15 DTD 10 8 General Medical Illness Sinus Infection -
2010-04-25 2010-04-25 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-04-21 2010-04-21 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Laceration Fingernail -
2010-03-18 2010-03-18 Camp 0 0 Low Back Spasms -
2010-03-08 2010-03-08 Camp 0 0 Left Elbow Hyperextension -
2009-08-18 2009-08-18 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hip Tightness -
2009-06-15 2009-10-06 15-DL 113 99 General Medical Mood Disorder Anxiety Disorder -
2009-03-29 2009-05-13 15-DL 45 31 General Medical Mood Disorder Anxiety Disorder -
2008-08-26 2008-09-15 DTD 20 17 Left Forearm Tightness -
2008-04-12 2008-05-22 15-DL 40 36 Right Knee Hyperextension -
2007-06-20 2007-06-26 DTD 6 4 Left Forearm Tightness -
2005-07-08 2005-07-08 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 CHN $
2012 PHI $139,344
2011 CIN $
2010 DET $12,000,000
2009 DET $10,000,000
2008 DET $7,000,000
2007 FLO $6,450,000
2006 FLO $4,350,000
2005 FLO $378,500
2004 FLO $353,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$40,671,344
8 yrTotal$40,671,344

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 76 dMatt Sosnick1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/3/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2012). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/15/11. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 5, 10 games started. $50,000 each for 15, 20 GS. $0.1M each for 25, 30 GS. $0.1M for 125, 150, 175 IP. $25,000 each for 15, 25 relief appearances. $50,000 each for 35, 45 relief appearances. $75,000 each for 55, 65 relief appearances. $25,000 for 30 PAs. Award bonuses: $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger. $50,000 each for All-Star, LCS MVP. $0.1M each for WS MVP, Cy Young, Rolaids ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $25,000 for 3rd). Released by Philadelphia 3/16/12. (Due 30 days' pay, or $139,344.) Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 3/21/12. Retired 7/2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/23/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Cincinnati 7/10/11.
  • 3 years/$29M (08-10). Signed extension with Detroit 12/20/07 (avoided arbitration). 08:$7M, 09:$10M, 10:$12M. Acquired by Arizona in trade 6/1/10 after being DFA by Detroit 5/30/10 (Tigers to pay all of 2010 salary except a pro-rated portion of $400,000 Major League minimum). DFA by Arizona 7/4/10, released 7/6/10. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 7/14/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$6.45M (2007). Re-signed by Florida 1/07 (avoided arbitration). $50,000 performance bonus for 32 GS. Acquired by Detroit in trade from Florida 12/4/07.
  • 1 year/$4.35M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration). 06:$4.35M ($0.2M up front, $2.65M in 06, $1.5M deferred). Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 35 g, $0.1M for Cy Young, $25,000 each for All-Star selection & Silver Slugger. Record for 1st-time arbitration-eligible starting pitcher.
  • 1 year/$0.3785M (2005). Re-signed by Florida 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3535M (2004). Re-signed 3/04 (split contract, $188,891 in minors).
  • 1 year (2003).
  • Acquired by Florida in trade from Chicago Cubs 3/27/02.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2000 (8-223) (Encinal HS, Alameda, Calif.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you care to expand on your worries over the Tigers' future....weak farm? Iffy everyday lineup? The rotation is locked up for a long while. Thank you.
(lemppi from Iowa)
Weak farm; Kevin had them 27th in the organizational rankings this spring. They'll have some financial flexibility after this season, and while Mike Ilich isn't afraid to spend, they absolutely have to avoid the entanglements that produced so much dead salary over the past few years. Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman - I can't think of a team that had so many contracts of $10 million per year blow up on them all at once. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the answer. Bad contracts for Dombrowski? Dontrelle Willis 3-yr/$29M. Nate Robertson 3-yr/$21M. Jeremy Bonderman 4-yr/$38M (I did favor that deal though at the time). Pudge R a $13M option picked up for no apparent reason. Guillen as you noted. He had some real clunkers. I like the guy on the whole...but he created some of the problems they face currently...it wasn't all bad luck.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
Yes, those were questionable, except for Bonderman. I would still argue that overall he deserves a solid grade. I'll say something else in his favor: he hasn't blown any money on Chan-Ho Park, or players like Chan Ho. He signed Brandon Lyon for one year, then let Ed Wade sign him for three. Now, the bullpen has been a weakness for the Tigers at times, so you can argue about this, but I would say it's better to stay cheap than to take blind shots in the dark. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Will Dontrelle Willis make it through spring training for Detroit? Seems there might be a difference in opinions on his "anxiety" issues. Detroit doesn't need this in a "young" locker room.
(DennisDubay from Decatur)
What's with the quotes? I think Dontrelle has long odds to make the roster, but who isn't rooting for him? (Tommy Bennett)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the Holliday/DiRosa answer; now a followup. Will Khalil Greene ever be able to find major-league employment again? What kind of team might/should be willing to take a chance on him after this year?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Historically, baseball hasn't been kind to the men who struggle with their own demons, whether we want to talk about Alex Johnson or Dontrelle Willis or Tony Horton. Will someone take a chance on Greene? Yes, somebody will; shortstops who hit for power don't grow on trees, and somebody's going to want to see if he can do one or both things ever again. But you can bet that whatever offers he gets this winter are going to be after a few interviews and evaluations, and will probably involve some unique provisions. My hope is that he beats this, and simply plays. Well or badly, I hope he simply gets to play, and leave on his own terms at some distant point in the future. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)At roughly 40 games in, could you handicap the AL Central? Can the Tigers still go the distance w/o much from Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, and Placido Polanco?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
The best single unit is the Tigers' rotation, which has been very good. I don't think Dontrelle Willis is the solution in the #5 slot--I'd rather see Bonderman replace him than Galarraga--but Verlander/Jackson (11 walks!)/Porcello is a great way to start. They need some bullpen help and maybe a lefty bat, although Larish could fill that role. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, I've recently noticed the publicity of a couple players with anxiety disorders (i.e. Zack Greinke, and Dontrelle Willis), the fact of the matter is there are millions of Americans with anxiety disorders. Do you think this recent "coming out" of players with anxiety issues will spark more and more players to voice the same concerns about their mental state? I just think its interesting because mental health problems can be as debilitating as physical health problems but are almost never mentioned in the media involving MLB; I doubt that is because these problems are not occurring among professional baseball players.
(SnakeDoctor18 from New York)
As someone who dealt with panic attacks for years (and wouldn't have written this column without them), I understand what they're going through. I'm curious because what Willis has said publicly has been opposed to the diagnosis. Is that him denying it and "manning up?" or is the team finding some way to stash him on the DL? (I think it's more the former.) I wish more players would be open with these types of conditions, depression, ADHD, but I also understand why they're not. (Will Carroll)
2009-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dave Dombrowski has a big payroll with several old guys on pricey deals. Most of those old guys look rather un-marketable. His local economic outlook is far worse then the national outlook in most respects. How would you proceed in this environment if you were him given the situation and possible dip (cratering?) in attendance?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
Are we giving up on the Tigers already? PECOTA has them finishing 2nd in a weak AL Central, so they should hopefully at least reap the rewards of an exciting race for the Seligpennant.

Anyway, those contracts are a sunk cost, and so long as people are still buying pizza Mike Ilitch can cover them, so Dombrowski shouldn't let it affect his decision-making one bit. How to get Michiganders to spend their last few nickels to go see Dontrelle Willis pitch if he can't come within ten feet of the backstop I admit is a problem, but maybe they could consider lowering the ticket prices that they doubled when they moved into Comerica. Or play a couple of games a year at the remains of Tiger Stadium to attract history buffs. (Neil deMause)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it just me, or are the Tigers completely botching this whole Dontrelle Willis knee recovery?
(Eddie from Ohio)
I'm not really seeing what they could do differently. Sending him all the way back to Single-A seems extreme, but would he be better served to be in Toledo? What I'm not sure of (and hope the Tigers are) is the chicken & egg nature of the knee problem and his complete loss of control. (Will Carroll)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)other pitchers availible are, Dontrelle Willis,Ted Lilly,Francisco Liriano, Tom Gorzelanny, Ubaldo Jiménez, Jarrod Washburn, Jeff Suppan, Jamie Moyer, Shawn Chacón, Shawn Hill, Kevin Millwood, Andy Sonnanstine, See anything in there you like better the Hughes?
(dogtothedog from Toronto)
Sonnanstine's intriguing. Lilly's using the wrong pitches, from what I can tell. I like Gorzelanny, but I'd like him more if he'd stop hurting my own team's numbers. I'd take Sonnanstine for now, honestly. Phil Hughes is all kinds of messed up at the moment.

Sonnanstine's using a cutter more this year, probably to offset the number of fastballs in the zone hitters knew were coming in '07. It hasn't helped his strikeout rate, but he's lowered the number of base hits he's allowing. That's a tough crowd of FA, I'll give you that... (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Back of the rotation guys for this year John Danks, Micah Owings, or Dontrelle Willis? How about in the future? Possible keeper worthy?
(jake1m from Gold Country, CA)
Wow, that's downright Pollock-like in its spread. I'm with the school of thought that Willis will profit from getting out from behind a lousy Marlins defense. I really, really like what Owings could turn into, but part of that is an understandable fascination with the man's hitting. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, which is likely more important for Detroit this year: Miguel Cabrera's added offense over Brandon Inge, or Dontrelle Willis successfully adjusting to the AL and posting numbers at least similar to '06 (if not better). Thanks for your thoughts.
(Yoop from Ankeny, IA)
Cabrera's offense. No slight to Willis, who could really help the Tigers, but Cabrera is one of the game's premier hitters. He makes an already-dangerous lineup downright scary. (John Perrotto)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneFor all the talk about the lack of African-Americans playing the game, the World Series has been a good stage over the last couple years: Rollins again this year, Sabathia, Crawford, Dontrelle Willis a couple years back. That's good for ball. (Will Carroll)
 

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