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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 4009 .234 .301 .398 .245 3.3
Birth Date7-7-1980
Height6' 3"
Weight245 lbs
Age38 years, 3 months, 10 days
BatsR
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
2004 KCA 23 71 258 238 36 56 9 0 12 101 15 79 0 1 4 30 1 1 .235 .280 .424 .230 2.0 -12.1 -1.0
2005 KCA 24 118 430 401 40 97 21 1 12 156 23 94 3 2 1 47 2 2 .242 .287 .389 .234 7.5 -11.1 -0.4
2006 KCA 25 114 409 371 37 91 21 1 11 147 26 84 7 1 4 50 0 2 .245 .306 .396 .232 5.5 -14.8 -0.9
2007 KCA 26 113 399 347 41 77 18 0 18 149 36 92 10 6 0 48 0 1 .222 .308 .429 .255 15.6 11.4 2.6
2008 KCA 27 109 418 370 48 83 23 1 9 135 38 96 6 4 0 48 0 3 .224 .304 .365 .232 7.0 -2.9 0.4
2009 KCA 28 59 202 186 16 46 12 4 8 90 13 55 1 1 1 36 1 1 .247 .299 .484 .258 6.2 -4.3 0.2
2010 TOR 29 118 437 409 53 115 25 0 20 200 16 111 6 6 0 66 0 0 .281 .314 .489 .272 24.8 -12.2 1.3
2011 FLO 30 140 530 466 41 106 15 1 16 171 54 115 7 1 2 57 0 1 .227 .316 .367 .251 17.6 -14.4 0.3
2012 MIA 31 106 398 343 29 66 15 1 12 119 49 103 3 2 1 41 0 0 .192 .297 .347 .237 7.9 1.5 1.0
2013 NYN 32 101 407 368 38 79 11 0 15 135 29 99 8 2 0 60 2 1 .215 .285 .367 .245 12.4 -15.4 -0.3
2013 PIT 32 9 24 24 1 8 0 0 0 8 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .236 0.5 -1.4 -0.1
2014 ANA 33 5 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .164 -0.3 0.0 -0.0
2014 SEA 33 27 92 84 9 19 2 0 1 24 8 24 0 0 6 0 0 .226 .293 .286 .245 2.7 -2.1 0.1
Career10904009361238984417291341436307959512613491612.234.301.398.245109.4-77.83.3

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 MIC A 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 AUB A- 0 263 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIC A 0 450 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .334 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LEX A 122 498 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ROU AA 120 494 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NWO AAA 78 293 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 71 258 .230 .270 .337 .432 .261 .297 102 -8.5 7.7 4.3 -12.1 -1.4 2.0 -1.0 2.0 -1.0
2004 NWO AAA 65 254 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 118 430 .234 .267 .323 .419 .259 .286 104 -11.7 12.4 7.5 -11.1 -0.6 7.5 -0.4 7.5 -0.4
2006 KCA MLB 114 409 .232 .270 .329 .428 .254 .289 112 -12.9 12.3 7.4 -14.8 -1.3 5.5 -0.9 5.5 -0.9
2007 KCA MLB 113 399 .255 .266 .330 .414 .259 .243 103 -2.3 11.8 7.1 11.4 -1.1 15.6 2.6 15.6 2.6
2008 KCA MLB 109 418 .232 .267 .331 .416 .259 .275 102 -12.6 12.1 7.3 -2.9 0.2 7.0 0.4 7.0 0.4
2009 KCA MLB 59 202 .258 .271 .336 .434 .263 .306 105 -0.5 5.8 2.2 -4.3 -1.3 6.2 0.2 6.2 0.2
2009 OMA AAA 7 27 .313 .253 .319 .379 .258 .278 79 1.6 0.8 0.2 -0.3 -0.3 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2010 TOR MLB 118 437 .272 .252 .319 .399 .251 .335 112 5.1 12.0 6.6 -12.2 1.0 24.8 1.3 24.8 1.3
2010 NHP AA 3 12 .351 .249 .333 .358 .242 .167 113 1.2 0.3 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2011 FLO MLB 140 530 .251 .254 .314 .392 .259 .268 94 -4.8 14.3 8.5 -14.4 -0.3 17.6 0.3 17.6 0.3
2012 MIA MLB 106 398 .237 .251 .311 .398 .258 .235 95 -8.9 10.9 6.6 1.5 -0.7 7.9 1.0 7.9 1.0
2013 NYN MLB 101 407 .245 .255 .312 .396 .257 .250 97 -5.7 10.7 6.3 -15.4 1.1 12.4 -0.3 12.4 -0.3
2013 PIT MLB 9 24 .236 .256 .318 .399 .259 .421 98 -0.5 0.6 0.4 -1.4 0.0 0.5 -0.1 0.5 -0.1
2014 ANA MLB 5 5 .164 .288 .354 .402 .278 .333 101 -0.5 0.1 0 0.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2014 SEA MLB 27 92 .245 .258 .322 .395 .269 .305 90 -1.3 2.4 0.8 -2.1 0.8 2.7 0.1 2.7 0.1
2014 SLC AAA 33 135 .264 .276 .338 .439 .266 .344 104 0.6 4.0 0.9 -2.5 -0.6 4.9 0.2 4.9 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
1999 AUB A- 263 36 57 17 0 3 29 25 48 7 1 .245 .331 .356 .112 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIC A 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 .100 .250 .200 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIC A 450 57 110 33 0 10 71 55 81 2 4 .282 .378 .444 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LEX A 498 72 122 24 1 22 73 37 84 4 9 .275 .346 .483 .208 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ROU AA 494 48 118 29 3 12 89 31 93 2 3 .263 .320 .422 .158 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NWO AAA 293 32 70 18 2 2 39 14 53 1 0 .255 .300 .358 .102 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 258 36 56 9 0 12 30 15 79 1 1 .235 .280 .424 .189 .230 2.0 -12.1 -1.0
2004 NWO AAA 254 31 68 11 0 12 35 21 39 0 1 .300 .368 .507 .207 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 430 40 97 21 1 12 47 23 94 2 2 .242 .287 .389 .147 .234 7.5 -11.1 -0.4
2006 KCA MLB 409 37 91 21 1 11 50 26 84 0 2 .245 .306 .396 .151 .232 5.5 -14.8 -0.9
2007 KCA MLB 399 41 77 18 0 18 48 36 92 0 1 .222 .308 .429 .207 .255 15.6 11.4 2.6
2008 KCA MLB 418 48 83 23 1 9 48 38 96 0 3 .224 .304 .365 .141 .232 7.0 -2.9 0.4
2009 OMA AAA 27 3 7 1 0 2 4 0 7 0 0 .259 .259 .519 .259 .313 2.2 -0.3 0.2
2009 KCA MLB 202 16 46 12 4 8 36 13 55 1 1 .247 .299 .484 .237 .258 6.2 -4.3 0.2
2010 NHP AA 12 2 3 0 0 2 6 1 3 0 0 .273 .333 .818 .545 .351 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 437 53 115 25 0 20 66 16 111 0 0 .281 .314 .489 .208 .272 24.8 -12.2 1.3
2011 FLO MLB 530 41 106 15 1 16 57 54 115 0 1 .227 .316 .367 .139 .251 17.6 -14.4 0.3
2012 MIA MLB 398 29 66 15 1 12 41 49 103 0 0 .192 .297 .347 .155 .237 7.9 1.5 1.0
2013 PIT MLB 24 1 8 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .236 0.5 -1.4 -0.1
2013 NYN MLB 407 38 79 11 0 15 60 29 99 2 1 .215 .285 .367 .152 .245 12.4 -15.4 -0.3
2014 SEA MLB 92 9 19 2 0 1 6 8 24 0 0 .226 .293 .286 .060 .245 2.7 -2.1 0.1
2014 SLC AAA 135 13 35 8 0 2 15 13 22 0 0 .294 .370 .412 .118 .264 4.9 -2.5 0.2
2014 ANA MLB 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .164 -0.3 0.0 -0.0

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1537 0.5153 0.4821 0.7409 0.6843 0.2671 0.7786 0.6382 0.2591 634 -0.000421
2009 730 0.5164 0.5397 0.6827 0.7401 0.3258 0.7491 0.5217 0.3173 264 0.005716
2010 1605 0.4822 0.5514 0.7051 0.7248 0.3899 0.7950 0.5494 0.2949 539 0.009879
2011 1954 0.4790 0.4923 0.7432 0.6795 0.3202 0.7925 0.6472 0.2568 789 -0.003763
2012 1489 0.5124 0.4446 0.7085 0.6029 0.2782 0.7761 0.5545 0.2915 696 -0.006729
2013 1669 0.4949 0.5015 0.7061 0.6937 0.3132 0.7557 0.5985 0.2939 671 -0.009852
2014 379 0.4670 0.4960 0.7287 0.7119 0.3069 0.8095 0.5645 0.2713 156 0.005442
Career93630.49610.49870.71890.68440.31540.77880.59240.2811618.3217-0.0013

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-07-20 2013-07-21 DTD 1 1 - Cramp - -
2013-03-17 2013-03-20 Camp 3 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-05-17 2011-05-18 DTD 1 0 Forearm Contusion -
2010-08-05 2010-08-20 15-DL 15 12 Right Thumb Laceration -
2009-05-31 2009-07-06 15-DL 36 32 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2008-07-03 2008-07-04 DTD 1 1 Groin Soreness -
2006-09-16 2006-09-23 DTD 7 5 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-08-08 2004-08-09 DTD 1 1 Hand Contusion Foul Tip -
2001-08-08 2001-08-19 Minors 11 0 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ATL $
2014 SEA $1,000,000
2013 NYN $6,500,000
2012 MIA $6,500,000
2011 FLO $5,000,000
2010 TOR $2,000,000
2009 KCA $2,900,000
2008 KCA $2,200,000
2007 KCA $440,000
2006 KCA $349,500
2005 KCA $318,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$27,208,000
10 yrTotal$27,208,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 64 dLevinsons ACES1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/26/15 (minor-league contract). Retired 3/26/15.
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/15/14. May earn additional $3M in performance bonuses based on games started and plate appearances. DFA by Seattle 7/9/14. Released 7/15/14. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 7/21/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Angels 9/2/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by LA Angels 10/7/14 (refused assignment).
  • 3 years/$18M (2011-13). Signed by Florida as a free agent 11/17/10. $1.5M signing bonus. 11:$4.5M, 12:$6M, 13:$6M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Miami 11/13/12. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Toronto 12/17/12. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from NY Mets 8/27/13. (Mets paid Pirates $0.25M in the deal.)
  • 1 year/$2M (2010). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/11/09.
  • 1 year/$2.9M (2009). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Kansas City 12/10/09.
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2008). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Bereavement list 5/16/08.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2007). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3495M (2006). Renewed by Kansas City 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3185M (2005). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Re-signed by Houston 2/04. Recalled 6/04. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Houston 6/04 (Beltran deal).
  • Contract purchased by Houston 11/01. Optioned to Triple-A 3/03.
  • Drafted by Houston 1998 (7-212) (Taylorsville HS, Salt Lake City, Utah).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Ryan Lavarnway and his perspectives as MLB player?
(navarra from Ukraine)
Poor man's John Buck? (Jeff Moore)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)Until Brian McCann returns, should I stick with vanilla Ryan Doumit or take a chance on Buck, Gattis, Arencibia or Pierzynski? (non-keeper points league) Thanks.
(rjblakel from Australia)
If your add/drop rules are liberal, you can certainly ride John Buck's hot hand. But Ryan Doumit is fine, and A.J. Pierzynski really isn't much worse/is about the same. (Mike Gianella)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek, how badly will Marlins Park hurt Miami's hitters? Marc Normandin has a post today at SBNation indicating things don't look promising from a HR perspective. On a related note, would you keep Gaby Sanchez at $13 in an 8-team, NL-only, 5x5 league with no keeper limit concerns?
(GBSimons from Boise, ID)
Yeah, I've been saying for a while that the deeper fences could hurt their power hitters. I'm pretty much avoiding Marlins power guys this year unless they come at a discount. Stanton is really expensive, so I'm not owning him anywhere despite really liking his skills. John Buck could be a catcher bust since all he has is power. Logan Morrison might not be as bad because the far right field fence is actually shallower, and as a lefty with pull power he could manage to not lose much. In an 8-team NL-only league, I throw Sanchez back at that price unless your keeper system causes some heavy inflation. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn't trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America's top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: "When Teagarden is behind the dish, he's one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he's Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops."
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: "If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture."

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Donning your GM-cap for a moment....if you had been in Detroit making decisions, would you have made the deal with Victor Martinez? Or would you have found a cheaper DH-bat and kept the 1st round pick in this mucho-hyped upcoming draft? Thank you.
(lemppi from Iowa)
A lot depends on how serious they are about getting him time behind the plate as well as at DH, because if he starts 60 games or more as a catcher, it's hard to turn that down for what it means for an offense, especially when the alternatives for playing-time partners for Alex Avila were one low-OBP right-handed swing-and-miss slugger or another. Considering how much money got thrown at guys like John Buck, I think Dombrowski paid a premium in the right way. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Red Sox do at catcher with Victor Martinez headed to Detroit?
(Frank from Dover)
If it's me, I'm signing Yorvit Torrealba or Miguel Olivo to a two-year deal and hoping Salty shows enough to merit playing time in front of them. Both of those free agents are at least average defensively while delivering adequacy in one of the two key offensive categories (OBP for Yorvit, SLG for Miggy). Neither made $3 million last year, so neither should be too expensive, though John Buck's contract may have blown up the market. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Snoop's World Cup question, there's some adult film star offering her "services" to her Twitter followers if the Netherlands win. Blue Jays question: do you see a market for Alex Gonzalez or All-Stars (!) John Buck / Jose Bautista if the Jays are sellers at the deadline?
(SeanDoyle from Toronto)
I just wanted to post a question with "adult film star" and Alex Gonzalez in it. Gonzalez? Not a worthwhile market. Buck, maybe, since catching is at a premium. Bautista--I don't know if anyone wants to touch that. In my mixed keeper league, Bautista is still a free agent. I would hope that every GM in baseball is at least that aware of how these things work. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameJohn Buck is a reminder that All-Stars should be actual stars, not just guys that had a fluke first half. (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2004 mlb 5198 -.013 -9.0 2822 .001 -1.2 40 -.002 -.000 0.1 -10.5 -12.1
2005 mlb 9148 -.010 -12.3 5150 .001 -1.1 75 -.049 .001 2.3 -10.1 -11.1
2006 mlb 8794 -.010 -12.9 5019 .001 -1.6 46 -.028 -.006 1.2 -13.9 -14.8
2007 mlb 8507 .009 10.8 4705 -.000 0.4 49 .027 -.003 -0.9 9.3 11.4
2008 mlb 7162 .003 2.5 4670 .001 -1.1 64 .054 .003 -2.3 -1.3 -2.9
2009 aaa 299 -.004 -0.2 145 .000 -0.0 4 .007 .000 -0.0 0.2 -0.3
2009 mlb 2935 -.008 -3.5 2047 -.001 0.7 43 .035 .001 -0.9 -3.6 -4.3
2010 mlb 7101 -.011 -11.0 4662 -.001 0.6 58 .009 -.006 -0.5 -11.3 -12.2
2010 aax 0 .000 0.0 40 -.000 0.0 0 .000 -.000 0.0 0.4 -0.0
2011 mlb 8434 -.012 -13.0 5233 -.000 0.3 86 .000 -.002 0.2 -13.0 -14.4
2012 mlb 6783 -.003 -3.1 4284 -.001 1.7 53 -.010 -.002 0.3 -1.8 1.5
2013 mlb 6533 -.017 -15.6 4064 -.000 0.2 49 .008 -.007 -0.2 -12.8 -16.8
2014 aaa 1411 -.006 -1.4 852 -.000 0.0 21 .054 .000 -0.8 -2.5 -2.5
2014 mlb 1287 -.009 -1.5 775 .002 -0.4 12 .019 -.002 -0.1 -2.3 -2.1

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