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Portrait of John Grabow

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 506 476.3 24 19 6 4.31 4.6
Birth Date11-4-1978
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age40 years, 1 months, 6 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 PIT MLB 5 0 5.0 0 0 0 6 0 9 0 .260 103 10.8 0.0 0.0 16.2 54% .462 .222 1.20 -0.63 3.60 62 1.99 41.7 0.2
2004 PIT MLB 68 0 61.7 2 5 1 81 28 64 8 .271 94 11.8 4.1 1.2 9.3 52% .392 .301 1.77 3.92 5.11 85 3.22 66.3 1.6
2005 PIT MLB 63 0 52.0 2 3 0 46 25 42 6 .265 104 8.0 4.3 1.0 7.3 48% .272 .245 1.37 4.42 4.85 105 4.94 106.3 0.3
2006 PIT MLB 72 0 69.7 4 2 0 68 30 66 7 .268 96 8.8 3.9 0.9 8.5 52% .310 .260 1.41 3.93 4.13 88 4.18 85.0 1.1
2007 PIT MLB 63 0 51.7 3 2 1 56 19 42 6 .261 101 9.8 3.3 1.0 7.3 52% .313 .253 1.45 4.21 4.53 95 4.10 84.9 0.8
2008 PIT MLB 74 0 76.0 6 3 4 60 37 62 9 .263 99 7.1 4.4 1.1 7.3 43% .239 .242 1.28 4.51 2.84 104 4.93 105.3 0.4
2009 CHN 0 30 0 25.0 0 0 0 19 12 16 1 .260 98 6.8 4.3 0.4 5.8 50% .240 .220 1.24 3.85 3.24 99 4.37 93.7 0.2
2009 PIT 0 45 0 47.3 3 0 0 43 28 41 4 .267 95 8.2 5.3 0.8 7.8 43% .291 .254 1.50 4.32 3.42 103 4.71 100.9 0.3
2010 CHN MLB 28 0 25.7 1 3 0 35 13 20 5 .268 99 12.3 4.6 1.8 7.0 45% .345 .334 1.87 5.71 7.36 103 4.69 105.9 0.1
2011 CHN MLB 58 0 62.3 3 1 0 67 28 38 9 .259 102 9.7 4.0 1.3 5.5 40% .282 .297 1.52 5.04 4.76 113 5.15 119.7 -0.3
2009 TOT MLB 75 0 72.3 3 0 0 62 40 57 5 .265 96 7.7 5.0 0.6 7.1 45% .273 .243 1.41 4.15 3.36 102 4.59 98.4 0.5
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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 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-
1998 AUG A 17 16 71.7 6 3 0 84 34 67 7 .000 10.5 4.3 0.9 8.4 0% -.713 .000 1.65 4.51 5.77 0 0.00 0.0
1999 HIC A 26 26 156.3 9 10 0 152 32 164 16 .000 8.8 1.8 0.9 9.4 0% -.642 .000 1.18 3.39 3.80 0 0.00 0.0
2000 ALT AA 24 24 145.3 8 7 0 145 65 109 10 .000 9.0 4.0 0.6 6.8 0% -.734 .000 1.45 4.14 4.34 0 0.00 0.0
2001 LYN A+ 7 7 36.7 1 3 0 42 26 35 3 .000 10.3 6.4 0.7 8.6 0% -.609 .000 1.85 4.52 6.38 0 0.00 0.0
2001 ALT AA 10 10 50.7 2 5 0 30 39 42 1 .000 5.3 6.9 0.2 7.5 0% -.354 .000 1.36 4.11 3.37 0 0.00 0.0
2002 ALT AA 28 27 146.3 8 13 0 181 47 97 10 .000 11.1 2.9 0.6 6.0 0% .347 .000 1.56 3.83 5.48 0 0.00 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 5 0 5.0 0 0 0 6 0 9 0 .260 103 10.8 0.0 0.0 16.2 54% .462 .222 1.20 -0.63 3.60 62 1.99 41.7
2003 ALT AA 24 9 83.0 6 1 1 87 19 73 9 .000 9.4 2.1 1.0 7.9 0% .326 .000 1.28 3.64 3.36 0 0.00 0.0
2003 NAS AAA 17 0 24.7 0 2 0 31 7 26 0 .000 11.3 2.6 0.0 9.5 0% .392 .000 1.54 2.04 4.74 0 0.00 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 68 0 61.7 2 5 1 81 28 64 8 .271 94 11.8 4.1 1.2 9.3 52% .392 .301 1.77 3.92 5.11 85 3.22 66.3
2005 PIT MLB 63 0 52.0 2 3 0 46 25 42 6 .265 104 8.0 4.3 1.0 7.3 48% .272 .245 1.37 4.42 4.85 105 4.94 106.3
2006 PIT MLB 72 0 69.7 4 2 0 68 30 66 7 .268 96 8.8 3.9 0.9 8.5 52% .310 .260 1.41 3.93 4.13 88 4.18 85.0
2007 PIT MLB 63 0 51.7 3 2 1 56 19 42 6 .261 101 9.8 3.3 1.0 7.3 52% .313 .253 1.45 4.21 4.53 95 4.10 84.9
2007 IND AAA 4 0 4.0 0 0 0 4 2 4 1 .252 70 9.0 4.5 2.3 9.0 33% .600 .358 1.50 5.92 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 74 0 76.0 6 3 4 60 37 62 9 .263 99 7.1 4.4 1.1 7.3 43% .239 .242 1.28 4.51 2.84 104 4.93 105.3
2009 CHN MLB 30 0 25.0 0 0 0 19 12 16 1 .260 98 6.8 4.3 0.4 5.8 50% .240 .220 1.24 3.85 3.24 99 4.37 93.7
2009 PIT MLB 45 0 47.3 3 0 0 43 28 41 4 .267 95 8.2 5.3 0.8 7.8 43% .291 .254 1.50 4.32 3.42 103 4.71 100.9
2010 CHN MLB 28 0 25.7 1 3 0 35 13 20 5 .268 99 12.3 4.6 1.8 7.0 45% .345 .334 1.87 5.71 7.36 103 4.69 105.9
2010 IOW AAA 4 0 4.0 0 0 0 6 1 2 0 .272 94 13.5 2.3 0.0 4.5 50% .429 .341 1.75 3.33 6.75 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CHN MLB 58 0 62.3 3 1 0 67 28 38 9 .259 102 9.7 4.0 1.3 5.5 40% .282 .297 1.52 5.04 4.76 113 5.15 119.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1147 0.4900 0.4255 0.7357 0.5961 0.2615 0.8090 0.5752 0.2643
2009 1143 0.4847 0.4523 0.7640 0.6119 0.3022 0.8525 0.5955 0.2360
2010 469 0.4989 0.4478 0.7571 0.6068 0.2894 0.8169 0.6324 0.2429
2011 911 0.4797 0.4808 0.7352 0.6476 0.3270 0.8269 0.5677 0.2648
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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
2011-02-28 2011-03-17 Camp 17 0 Left Shoulder Tightness - -
2010-06-29 2010-10-04 60-DL 97 86 Left Knee Sprain MCL -
2010-05-31 2010-06-15 15-DL 15 12 Left Knee Sprain MCL -
2010-05-08 2010-05-14 DTD 6 5 Knee Soreness -
2007-03-23 2007-04-22 15-DL 30 16 Left Elbow Inflammation Bone Chips -
2007-03-18 2007-03-23 Camp 5 0 Left Elbow Soreness -
2006-08-19 2006-08-22 DTD 3 3 Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2006-07-09 2006-07-16 DTD 7 3 Groin Soreness -
2001-05-20 2001-07-17 Minors 58 0 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
1998-05-29 1998-06-21 Minors 23 0 Left Head Contusion - -
1997-06-20 1997-06-27 Minors 7 0 Left Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 CHN $4,800,000
2010 CHN $2,700,000
2009 PIT $2,300,000
2008 PIT $1,135,000
2007 PIT $832,500
2006 PIT $341,750
2005 PIT $327,000
2004 PIT $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$12,736,250
8 yrTotal$12,736,250

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 16 dPaul Kinzer1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.8M in majors. May opt out of contract 3/25/12, giving club chance to retain his rights by adding Grabow to active roster by 3/30/12. $0.2M in performance bonuses based on appearances. Released by LA Dodgers 3/26/12.
  • 2 years/$7.5M (2010-11). Re-signed as a free agent 11/20/09. 10:$2.7M, 11:$4.8M
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired in trade from Pittsburgh 7/30/09.
  • 1 year/$1.135M (2008). Re-signed 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $20,000 each for 65, 70 games. $30,000 for 75 g.
  • 1 year/$0.8325M (2007). Re-signed 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $0.925M-$0.765M). Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$341,750 (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2005). Re-signed 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004).

2018 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Entering the 2010 season, Grabow looked like a pitcher who was worthy of nothing more than an invitation to camp by some team, having posted pedestrian career numbers, lacking noteworthy stuff, and not even showing a lopsided platoon split to make him an effective LOOGY. Instead, the Cubs gave him a mind-numbing $7.5 million contract for two years. It took a front-office decapitation, but the sensation has returned, the contract has expired, and any expectation of similar remuneration is nothing but a pipe dream for Grabow.
2011 If there are so many other reasons to feel good about Cubs pitching, there's also the latest instance of Hendry's failure to properly assess market value for middling relief help. Paying John Grabow $7.5 million for two years was a bad idea, regardless of whether he subsequently got hurt. That he blew out the MCL in his left (push) knee last year just provides an excuse for a bad year before he broke down, but he wasn't being used situationally, and with a career OPS north of 700 against lefties, it isn't like he'd even be that valuable in a LOOGY role. Moving to sign Grabow to that extension in mid-November of '09 reflected a failure to appreciate where the market for filler talent had long since moved. Here's hoping the Cubs can chalk it up as a lesson learned, and count on Grabow as nothing more than an expensive second lefty before kicking him to the curb.
2010 Perhaps the most anonymous member of last year’s US entry in the WBC, Grabow is a perfectly serviceable lefty reliever, which is another way to of saying he is perfectly fungible—or at least he would be in a perfect world, but in this one lefty relievers of a certain age develop a beguilingly attractive patina that turns big-market GMs into collectors who throw unreasonable amounts of money at them. Brought over from Pittsburgh along with Gorzelanny at midseason, re-upping the usually effective but rarely dominant Grabow became Jim Hendry’s first off-season priority; the lefty was quickly re-signed to a two-year contract. He may be a safer bet as your second lefty than, say, Neal Cotts, but that doesn’t mean it’s money well spent.
2009 Here's your surprise stat from the 2008 season: Grabow finished fifth in the NL in WXRL. While the Pirates have had constant roster turnover during the past five seasons, Grabow has weathered all the storms and quietly gone about his work as a situational specialist. While he may be anonymous outside Pittsburgh, he is the type of durable lefty reliever who could command a lot of money as a free agent after this season, making him a leading candidate for ex-Piracy.
2008 When he throws strikes and attacks the hitter, Grabow can look as good as any left-handed reliever in the game. At other times, he fails to locate his pitches and begins to nibble. Grabow pitched last season with bone chips in his elbow, but was able to gut it out after spending most of April on the DL. He decided against having surgery over the winter, so the condition of his elbow will bear watching in spring training.
2007 You can make a strong argument that no team needs a LOOGY. Mike Scioscia won 92 games and a division title in 2004 without having a lefty reliever on his team. LOOGies do more harm than good because they end up facing just as many righties than lefties as a result of walks and pinch-hitters, and take up precious roster space without providing enough innings. Whether you buy that or not, a team going nowhere has little need for a specialized tactical weapon; it`s like Liechtenstein developing a SEAL team. Contenders are always on the lookout for situational lefties, though and have been known to make some spectacularly lopsided trades in order to acquire them, so that might their greatest value to a team like the Pirates, as bargaining chips. Grabow`s been in the LOOGY role for three years, and Littlefield has yet to leverage him into anything of value. Grabow`s strikeout rate spiked in 2006, but he`s not very good at retiring lefties; over the last three years they`ve hit .282/338/.440 against him.
2006 Grabow`s had two extended looks in the majors, but his fastball isn`t fooling anyone. He can`t get his heater past lefties: they`ve batted .292/.346/.462 against him, while righties have actually had a slightly harder time at .280/.361/.406. Now that Damaso Marte has been brought in to handle LOOGY duty, Grabow`s time may be up.
2005 Officially, Grabow's place in history is secure: He's the Beimel eraser. Otherwise, his future's a little less certain. He didn't thrive in a situational role, as lefties slugged nearly .500 against him. Grabow does do a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, and more hits dropped for him than you'd expect, so it's reasonable to expect some improvement. But if he doesn't start beating lefties, his career as a second bullpen southpaw will be short and involve a lot of annual migrations.
2004 The Pirates third-round pick in 1997 finally squeaked into the majors in September. Grabow was rocketing through the system when, following minor elbow surgery in 2000, he lost his command. With that problem now under control, he projects as a low-leverage lefty reliever in the majors, someone who could replace Joe Beimel as soon as this year.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any ideas as to whom the Cubs might actually move and for what? I think Ramirez is staying and getting a 2-3 year extension.
(Justin from Tinley Park)
Reed Johnson, They'd love to more Soriano, Fukudome. Maybe Ramirez if it's the perfect situation in August. Still like Marlon Byrd could be a nice pickup for a team. $6.5 mil for next year not horrible. Could be better, but...As for the Cubs deals with the devil. Yeah, ownership had say in it. But Hendry can't be divorced from things like multi year deals to John Grabow either (Mike Ferrin)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)How close is a John Grabow trade? Who has the best chance of getting him, and what kind of value would be coming back to the Pirates?
(JTbucsfan from Ohio)
Pirates will only give up Grabow if they get what they feel is the equivalent of two good prospects. He'll be a Type A free agent and they are willing to take the two compensatory draft picks next year if he signes somewhere else over the winter. (John Perrotto)


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