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Birth Date3-31-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 3 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
-1.52016
2017
-0.12018
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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
2005 NYA MLB 18 17 116.3 8 5 0 113 32 47 9 .264 102 8.7 2.5 0.7 3.6 65% .265 .240 1.25 4.22 4.02 113 4.33 93.2 1.5
2006 NYA MLB 34 33 218.0 19 6 1 233 52 76 12 .258 106 9.6 2.1 0.5 3.1 64% .292 .229 1.31 3.94 3.63 112 4.62 94.1 2.8
2007 NYA MLB 30 30 199.3 19 7 0 199 59 104 9 .265 103 9.0 2.7 0.4 4.7 58% .295 .233 1.29 3.85 3.70 104 4.09 84.7 3.5
2008 NYA MLB 15 15 95.0 8 2 0 90 35 54 4 .263 103 8.5 3.3 0.4 5.1 55% .281 .234 1.32 3.76 4.07 107 5.63 120.0 -0.1
2009 NYA MLB 12 9 42.0 1 6 0 66 19 29 7 .262 108 14.1 4.1 1.5 6.2 56% .396 .323 2.02 5.42 9.64 129 8.47 181.6 -1.4
2011 WAS MLB 11 11 62.3 4 3 0 67 13 25 8 .262 98 9.7 1.9 1.2 3.6 53% .272 .268 1.28 4.53 4.04 112 5.31 123.4 -0.2
2012 WAS MLB 10 5 32.3 2 3 0 50 15 15 5 .255 103 13.9 4.2 1.4 4.2 54% .375 .348 2.01 5.88 6.68 133 7.42 170.0 -0.9
2013 TOR MLB 6 6 27.0 1 2 0 40 9 14 5 .263 103 13.3 3.0 1.7 4.7 59% .368 .330 1.81 5.44 7.67 125 7.25 173.6 -0.7
2016 KCA MLB 38 0 53.3 6 0 0 60 18 30 6 .259 102 10.1 3.0 1.0 5.1 50% .309 .271 1.46 4.56 4.22 122 7.43 164.4 -1.5
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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-
2000 STA A- 14 14 87.0 4 4 0 77 21 75 2 .000 8.0 2.2 0.2 7.8 0% -.758 .000 1.13 2.89 2.48 0 0.00 0.0
2002 STA A- 13 13 78.3 6 1 0 63 14 64 2 .000 7.2 1.6 0.2 7.4 0% .268 .000 0.98 2.60 1.72 0 0.00 0.0
2003 TRN AA 21 21 122.0 7 6 0 143 32 84 7 .000 10.5 2.4 0.5 6.2 0% .333 .000 1.43 3.48 4.65 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TRN AA 18 18 109.0 6 5 0 112 26 90 6 .000 9.2 2.1 0.5 7.4 0% .320 .000 1.27 3.11 4.05 0 0.00 0.0
2004 COH AAA 6 5 40.3 5 1 0 31 8 35 3 .000 6.9 1.8 0.7 7.8 0% .262 .000 0.97 3.15 2.01 0 0.00 0.0
2005 NYA MLB 18 17 116.3 8 5 0 113 32 47 9 .264 102 8.7 2.5 0.7 3.6 65% .265 .240 1.25 4.22 4.02 113 4.33 93.2
2005 COH AAA 6 6 34.0 2 1 0 40 6 21 4 .251 18 10.6 1.6 1.1 5.6 66% .324 .272 1.35 4.02 4.24 99 5.19 103.7
2006 NYA MLB 34 33 218.0 19 6 1 233 52 76 12 .258 106 9.6 2.1 0.5 3.1 64% .292 .229 1.31 3.94 3.63 112 4.62 94.1
2007 NYA MLB 30 30 199.3 19 7 0 199 59 104 9 .265 103 9.0 2.7 0.4 4.7 58% .295 .233 1.29 3.85 3.70 104 4.09 84.7
2007 TAM A+ 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 5 1 4 0 .241 101 9.0 1.8 0.0 7.2 44% .312 .205 1.20 2.90 5.40 99 4.57 102.7
2008 NYA MLB 15 15 95.0 8 2 0 90 35 54 4 .263 103 8.5 3.3 0.4 5.1 55% .281 .234 1.32 3.76 4.07 107 5.63 120.0
2009 NYA MLB 12 9 42.0 1 6 0 66 19 29 7 .262 108 14.1 4.1 1.5 6.2 56% .396 .323 2.02 5.42 9.64 129 8.47 181.6
2009 SWB AAA 2 2 13.0 1 0 0 7 3 7 0 .261 92 4.8 2.1 0.0 4.8 54% .189 .143 0.77 2.76 0.00 98 2.75 61.9
2011 WAS MLB 11 11 62.3 4 3 0 67 13 25 8 .262 98 9.7 1.9 1.2 3.6 53% .272 .268 1.28 4.53 4.04 112 5.31 123.4
2011 HAG A 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 .260 115 12.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 82% .364 .302 1.33 2.52 6.00 91 4.13 84.8
2011 POT A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 .251 108 2.2 4.5 0.0 4.5 67% .111 .093 0.75 3.72 0.00 100 3.86 88.7
2011 HAR AA 2 2 11.0 2 0 0 8 0 3 0 .268 82 6.5 0.0 0.0 2.5 50% .222 .190 0.73 2.86 0.00 104 3.40 73.4
2011 SYR AAA 2 2 10.7 0 1 0 15 2 9 2 .245 88 12.7 1.7 1.7 7.6 55% .361 .337 1.59 4.82 6.75 92 3.29 73.8
2012 WAS MLB 10 5 32.3 2 3 0 50 15 15 5 .255 103 13.9 4.2 1.4 4.2 54% .375 .348 2.01 5.88 6.68 133 7.42 170.0
2012 HAG A 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 3 1 7 1 .216 112 4.5 1.5 1.5 10.5 33% .143 .186 0.67 3.91 1.50 91 3.90 79.7
2012 POT A+ 2 2 8.0 0 1 0 7 2 4 0 .251 104 7.9 2.2 0.0 4.5 59% .259 .239 1.12 3.13 4.50 104 4.46 96.9
2012 HAR AA 9 9 45.3 1 5 0 59 9 33 7 .258 102 11.7 1.8 1.4 6.6 59% .342 .315 1.50 4.34 6.75 79 0.99 22.3
2012 SYR AAA 3 3 20.7 2 0 0 26 5 8 1 .242 98 11.3 2.2 0.4 3.5 61% .338 .262 1.50 4.03 4.35 105 4.30 97.6
2013 TOR MLB 6 6 27.0 1 2 0 40 9 14 5 .263 103 13.3 3.0 1.7 4.7 59% .368 .330 1.81 5.44 7.67 125 7.25 173.6
2013 BUF AAA 9 8 51.7 4 3 0 46 12 30 3 .257 101 8.0 2.1 0.5 5.2 60% .262 .216 1.12 3.55 3.48 101 2.52 57.9
2013 SWB AAA 9 9 58.0 4 4 0 57 10 25 2 .254 97 8.8 1.6 0.3 3.9 59% .269 .222 1.16 3.35 2.33 101 2.99 68.9
2013 TPE int 2 2 12.0 1 0 0 10 1 3 0 .000 7.5 0.8 0.0 2.2 0% .256 .000 0.92 3.38 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 TPE int 2 2 12.0 1 0 0 10 1 3 0 .000 7.5 0.8 0.0 2.2 0% .256 .000 0.92 3.38 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CHR AAA 9 9 53.3 5 3 0 71 12 23 2 .249 115 12.0 2.0 0.3 3.9 56% .354 .257 1.56 3.64 5.06 106 3.70 82.2
2014 LOU AAA 19 19 119.3 8 5 0 129 45 50 4 .244 108 9.7 3.4 0.3 3.8 55% .305 .249 1.46 4.20 3.70 107 3.90 86.6
2015 GWN AAA 11 10 62.0 2 6 0 96 21 28 3 .259 98 13.9 3.0 0.4 4.1 56% .397 .315 1.89 3.94 6.10 112 6.13 151.8
2015 TAC AAA 11 10 68.0 4 5 0 89 14 23 8 .272 108 11.8 1.9 1.1 3.0 53% .316 .284 1.51 5.06 5.69 112 5.07 104.3
2016 KCA MLB 38 0 53.3 6 0 0 60 18 30 6 .259 102 10.1 3.0 1.0 5.1 50% .309 .271 1.46 4.56 4.22 122 7.43 164.4

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 1342 0.4613 0.4620 0.8387 0.6591 0.2932 0.9191 0.6840 0.1613
2009 738 0.5014 0.4539 0.8299 0.6459 0.2609 0.8954 0.6667 0.1701
2011 895 0.5229 0.4559 0.8799 0.6560 0.2365 0.9153 0.7723 0.1201
2012 564 0.4770 0.4167 0.8553 0.6171 0.2339 0.8976 0.7536 0.1447
2013 409 0.4694 0.4401 0.8444 0.6510 0.2535 0.9120 0.6909 0.1556
2016 830 0.5410 0.4880 0.8765 0.7105 0.2257 0.9122 0.7442 0.1235
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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
2012-07-01 2012-09-04 15-DL 65 58 Right Hip Strain - -
2012-03-26 2012-05-22 15-DL 57 42 Left Thigh Recovery From Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-15 2012-03-26 Camp 11 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-19 2011-09-24 DTD 5 5 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-03-28 2011-07-29 60-DL 123 104 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2010-03-26 2010-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2009-07-05 2009-11-05 60-DL 123 82 Right Shoulder Surgery Anterior Capsule Ligament 2009-07-29
2009-04-19 2009-05-22 15-DL 33 29 Right Hip Weakness Abductor Muscle -
2008-06-16 2008-09-29 60-DL 105 92 Right Foot Sprain Lis Franc Joint and Peroneal Longus Running Bases -
2008-05-19 2008-05-25 DTD 6 5 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2007-09-04 2007-09-04 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2007-03-23 2007-04-24 15-DL 32 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-12 2007-03-13 Camp 1 0 Right Wrist Soreness -
2006-03-26 2006-03-26 Camp 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-07-09 2005-09-06 15-DL 59 52 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-03-08 2004-03-08 Camp 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2003-08-21 2003-09-15 Minors 25 0 Right Shoulder Sprain - -
2003-06-30 2003-07-19 Minors 19 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2003-06-12 2003-06-23 Minors 11 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger - -
2002-04-04 2002-06-17 Minors 74 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery 2001-04-05 -
2001-04-03 2001-09-05 Minors 155 0 Right Shoulder Surgery 2001-04-05 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 KCA $1,000,000
2015 ATL $
2014 CIN $
2013 NYA $
2012 WAS $4,000,000
2011 WAS $1,000,000
2010 WAS $2,000,000
2009 NYA $5,000,000
2008 NYA $4,000,000
2007 NYA $489,500
2006 NYA $353,175
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$17,842,675
8 yrTotal$17,842,675

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 16 dAlan Nero1 year/$1M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/7/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Kansas City 4/3/16. DFA by Kansas City 9/17/16. Released 9/22/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 11/10/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Atlanta 6/15. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 7/11/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/18/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Cincinnati 7/13/14. Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 7/16/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/23/13 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 6/6/13. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 6/7/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Toronto 6/11/13. DFA by Toronto 7/3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/5/13. Contract selected by Toronto 8/24/13. DFA by Toronto 8/26/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/27/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$4M (2012). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 11/3/11.
  • 1 year/$1M (2011). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 12/16/10. $4M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/19/10. $3M in performance bonuses. Non-tendered by Washington 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$5M (2009). Re-signed by NY Yankees 12/22/08 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by NY Yankees 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$4M (2008). Lost arbitration with NY Yankees 2/15/08 ($4.6M-$4M).
  • 1 year/$0.4895M (2007). Renewed by NY Yankees 3/07.
  • 1 year/$353,175 (2006).
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2000 as an amateur free agent from Taiwan. $1.9M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .256 .345 .455 .279
11 vs R (Multi) .325 .361 .443 .274
18 Split (Multi) -.068 -.016 .012 .005
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .232 .327 .424 .264
31 vs R (2016) .333 .368 .450 .277
38 Split (2016) -.101 -.040 -.026 -.013
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that the Nationals can keep up their winning? Or will they become just another average team?
(Luis from Richmond)
I do think they can keep up their winning, as their record is essentially in line with their peripheral factors; their actual winning percentage (.581) and Hit List Factor (.580) are both tops in the league, and right in line with each other.

That said, they're likely going to have to do something about Stephen Strasburg late in the year, whether they hew to a hardline stance regarding his innings total or play it by ear. With Chien-Ming Wang turning into a pumpkin, they'll eventually need a reinforcement for that rotation, somebody better than the farmed-out John Lannan. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Nationals find themselves in a position that would be a little uncomfortable if it didn't contrast so favorably with any decision they have had the past 7 years. Chien-Ming Wang is going to come back from the DL, and find Ross Detwiler in his spot with a 3-1 record and 1.59 ERA. Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmermann aren't going anywhere, and Edwin Jackson is only having a lesser year by comparison. We are told Wang can't pitch out of the bullpen. What can Mike Rizzo do?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Not pitch Chien-Ming Wang? I'm not sure Chien-Ming Wang's health is any more relevant to the Nationals right now than, like, Dick Cheney's health. (Sam Miller)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the real problem with Joba is that he used to throw 100 mph when he first came up, and now he doesn't. That slider he's so in love with is only effective when you're gearing up to hit 100 mph heaters. Why does he no longer hit 100 on the gun? Maybe he was really airing it out at first, trying to impress. Or maybe they were using the Chien-Ming Wang gun every time Joba pitched.
(John Foley from Los Angeles)
Now where was I? Thanks for holding up for the radio. Always a fun time with Bob Haynie. As I said in an earlier comment, he fell on his arm in a game in Texas, and what was billed as a minor injury at the time seems to have had major repercussions for his velocity. (Steven Goldman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know this is generally Will's area but do you see Webb as being worth a flier? Shoulder injuries seem particularly tought to overcome.
(Matt from Chicago)
I think he will be, and the Nats are reportedly interested. Maybe that's a case of trying to repeat the tedium of the Chien-Ming Wang experience, especially if Webb was having a hard time getting his stuff into the mid-80s in instructional league, but an incentive-laden deal isn't the worst idea in the world. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)It seems clear from most of the Nationals blogs that The Constituency is no longer patient, and Mike Rizzo's honeymoon is already over. I have been pretty happy with the moves the Nats made this off-season, but I have to agree that too much depends on the health of folks like Chien-Ming Wang, Scott Olsen and even Chris Duncan. The Nats will be better this year, because they can't help but be. However, is the view of the Nats' offseason more charitable at BP or anywhere else outside of Nats fans' disgruntled little world?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
The kinds of things the Nationals need to do to improve their team just can't be done in a single offseason. To evaluate them on that basis almost isn't fair. I feel the same way about Rizzo. I have a hard time identifying actual things he's done that are that bad. I don't love the Pudge signing and Wang is probably done (but it's a nice gamble). They have to focus on the draft and on international scouting. There's no other path to .500. (I'll hold off on a discussion of Adam Dunn for the next question.) (Tommy Bennett)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Yankees need to do to hold onto (I know its early) a playoff spot? Sort through their pile of middle relief arms? Or do they need to make a trade? Anything else they should address? Do you think the improved defense and increased Ks mean they are less likely to crash out of the Division Series, as they did in '02, '05-'07?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! The Yanks certainly need to fortify their bullpen, and in the forthcoming BP/ESPN soup du jour I've advocated they try Phil Hughes in relief once Chien-Ming Wang reclaims his starting job. I'd also like to see them give Mark Melancon another look, but I suspect they probably need to get an experienced arm from outside the organization if Brian Bruney's not going to be back anytime soon.

The improved D and high-K staff are nice, but they're compromised by the homer-iffic tendencies of the staff, particularly the bullpen. Until we see Sabathia, Chamberlain and Burnett all firing on the requisite cylinders, I don't think they've got anything that guarantees them a playoff spot, let alone a ride through to the LCS round. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)In reference to the troubles of Wang, you wrote, "we've seen this before,". According to the blog River Ave. Blues, we have not, in fact, seen this before. "Of the 18 pitchers since 1954, to give up seven or more earned runs in three consecutive starts, Chien-Ming Wangís totals are by far the worst of the lot." Thoughts? Am I taking you too literally (if so I apologize)?
(mattymatty from Philly)
It's a difference of degree, not kind. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the first waiver claim in my fantasy league (roto, non keeper, mixed, 11 teams). I was waiting to use it on Matt Wieters when he gets called up, but someone just dropped Chien-Ming Wang. Do I spend it on him instead? I have Joe Mauer on the DL, btw.
(OldBean from Boston)
Unless you're in my league, the answer is no. If you are in my league, yes, please God yes, use your waiver pick on Wang. (Marc Normandin)


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