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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
14 4886 .291 .373 .425 104 17.9
Birth Date3-17-1971
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age48 years, 1 months, 6 days
BatsB
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
1996 SFN 25 55 228 66 15 1 0 24 26 1 0 0 .330 .401 .415 101 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.9
1997 SFN 26 128 453 114 26 3 7 48 71 3 4 3 .292 .369 .428 99 1.3 0.7 0.7 1.6
1998 SFN 27 145 622 157 27 0 9 79 83 1 3 3 .294 .383 .395 103 4.2 1.5 4.2 2.8
1999 SFN 28 116 492 120 24 0 2 65 52 3 4 2 .290 .388 .362 98 1.2 -1.6 -2.8 1.2
2000 SFN 29 153 631 150 29 4 10 52 62 6 4 2 .268 .333 .388 84 -10.0 -0.2 -3.9 0.8
2001 CHN 30 70 257 62 12 1 6 37 19 3 1 1 .295 .403 .448 117 6.8 -1.2 -1.1 1.3
2002 CHN 31 103 413 94 19 4 7 51 41 0 0 0 .266 .355 .402 97 0.3 -0.4 -1.3 1.2
2002 SFN 31 8 14 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .154 .214 .154 96 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS 32 146 600 171 45 5 19 59 77 7 1 4 .326 .398 .540 133 26.8 -1.5 3.8 4.7
2004 BOS 33 110 460 113 27 1 12 51 56 4 2 2 .283 .365 .446 107 4.8 -6.1 -0.6 1.3
2005 BOS 34 150 590 153 34 3 10 59 74 6 0 0 .295 .369 .430 108 6.3 -2.6 -5.6 1.7
2006 LAN 35 32 126 27 7 0 3 17 9 1 1 1 .252 .357 .402 97 0.1 -0.7 0.2 0.4
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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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1993 EVE A- NWN 58 253 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SJO A+ CLF 120 544 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 SHV AA TXS 88 393 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PHX AAA PCL 41 198 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SFN MLB NL 55 228 .268 .336 .422 .375 102 6.5 7.0 0.7 101 11 0.3 0.0 1.3 0.9
1996 PHX AAA PCL 106 488 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 SFN MLB NL 128 453 .262 .330 .408 .336 100 8.6 12.0 1.8 99 9 0.7 0.7 1.3 1.6
1998 SFN MLB NL 145 622 .267 .332 .418 .331 98 8.2 16.1 2.3 103 8 4.2 1.5 4.2 2.8
1999 SFN MLB NL 116 492 .268 .341 .430 .326 98 -3.4 13.4 2.1 98 7 -2.8 -1.6 1.2 1.2
1999 FRE AAA PCL 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .417 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SFN MLB NL 153 631 .268 .341 .436 .283 107 -18.4 19.9 2.7 84 9 -3.9 -0.2 -10.0 0.8
2001 CHN MLB NL 70 257 .264 .332 .431 .298 100 10.6 7.7 1 117 14 -1.1 -1.2 6.8 1.3
2001 IOW AAA PCL 8 27 .000 .000 .000 .458 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHN MLB NL 103 413 .261 .331 .422 .281 101 2.7 11.9 1.6 97 9 -1.3 -0.4 0.3 1.2
2002 SFN MLB NL 8 14 .242 .290 .377 .167 91 -2 0.4 0 96 9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 IOW AAA PCL 6 19 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB AL 146 600 .270 .333 .432 .350 105 33.7 16.3 2.1 133 11 3.8 -1.5 26.8 4.7
2004 BOS MLB AL 110 460 .268 .335 .426 .300 110 3.7 13.7 1.6 107 9 -0.6 -6.1 4.8 1.3
2004 PAW AAA INT 4 15 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BOS MLB AL 150 590 .263 .329 .416 .324 106 5.5 17.0 2.2 108 10 -5.6 -2.6 6.3 1.7
2006 LAN MLB NL 32 126 .274 .340 .448 .250 94 1.5 3.8 0.5 97 10 0.2 -0.7 0.1 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 EVE A- NWN 253 200 31 60 8 2 1 75 24 42 17 13 6 .300 .418 .375 .075 6 6
1994 SJO A+ CLF 544 431 79 130 20 9 5 183 72 103 47 4 8 .302 .439 .425 .123 1 1
1995 PHX AAA PCL 198 172 23 51 13 6 2 82 19 19 31 0 0 .297 .355 .477 .180 6 6
1995 SHV AA TXS 393 330 56 102 16 2 1 125 39 53 36 6 5 .309 .410 .379 .070 1 1
1996 SFN MLB NL 228 200 31 66 15 1 0 83 19 24 26 0 0 .330 .401 .415 .085 2 1
1996 PHX AAA PCL 488 440 73 133 14 6 4 171 36 44 40 2 5 .302 .367 .389 .086 0 0
1997 SFN MLB NL 453 390 51 114 26 3 7 167 44 48 71 4 3 .292 .369 .428 .136 6 6
1998 SFN MLB NL 622 534 93 157 27 0 9 211 59 79 83 3 3 .294 .383 .395 .101 5 3
1999 FRE AAA PCL 12 12 3 5 0 1 0 7 6 0 0 0 0 .417 .417 .583 .167 0 0
1999 SFN MLB NL 492 414 61 120 24 0 2 150 36 65 52 4 2 .290 .388 .362 .072 2 8
2000 SFN MLB NL 631 560 97 150 29 4 10 217 55 52 62 4 2 .268 .333 .388 .120 6 7
2001 IOW AAA PCL 27 26 3 11 3 0 0 14 4 1 2 0 0 .423 .444 .538 .115 0 0
2001 CHN MLB NL 257 210 38 62 12 1 6 94 23 37 19 1 1 .295 .403 .448 .152 3 4
2002 CHN MLB NL 413 353 51 94 19 4 7 142 37 51 41 0 0 .266 .355 .402 .136 5 4
2002 SFN MLB NL 14 13 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 .154 .214 .154 .000 0 0
2002 IOW AAA PCL 19 16 2 6 1 0 1 10 5 3 1 0 1 .375 .474 .625 .250 0 0
2003 BOS MLB AL 600 524 85 171 45 5 19 283 85 59 77 1 4 .326 .398 .540 .214 6 4
2004 BOS MLB AL 460 399 75 113 27 1 12 178 57 51 56 2 2 .283 .365 .446 .163 6 0
2004 PAW AAA INT 15 13 1 4 2 0 0 6 2 2 0 0 0 .308 .400 .462 .154 0 0
2005 BOS MLB AL 590 519 69 153 34 3 10 223 62 59 74 0 0 .295 .369 .430 .135 6 0
2006 LAN MLB NL 126 107 12 27 7 0 3 43 15 17 9 1 1 .252 .357 .402 .150 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

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
2006-05-13 2006-10-08 60-DL 148 126 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage 2006-05-15
2004-05-19 2004-07-02 15-DL 44 38 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage Removal 2004-05-28
2002-03-31 2002-05-06 15-DL 36 29 Left Knee Surgery Bone Chips 2002-03-12
2001-05-14 2001-08-13 60-DL 91 79 Left Knee Surgery Open Patellar Fracture 2001-05-13
1999-04-06 1999-05-17 15-DL 41 37 Left Fracture Big Toe - -
1997-06-30 1997-07-17 15-DL 17 14 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 LAN $4,250,000
2005 BOS $2,100,000
2004 BOS $2,100,000
2003 BOS $2,100,000
2002 CHN, SFN $3,450,000
2001 CHN $2,750,000
2000 SFN $1,325,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$18,075,000
7 yrTotal$18,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 63 dDavid Meier2 yr/$9.5M (06-07)

Details
  • retired 11/06, taking front-office job (LAD to pay full $4.5M 07 sal)
  • signed as a free agent from BOS 12/05, 2 year/$9.5M (06-07), $0.75M signing bonus (pd 1/15/08), 06:$4.25M, 07:$4.5M, $0.5M assignment bonus with trade
  • limited no-trade protection (may block deals to 5 clubs)
  • club exercised $2.1M 05 option 10/04
  • signed as a free agent from SF 1/03, 2 year/$4.5M (03-04)+$2.1M 05 club option $0.3M buyout
  • 03:$2.1M, 04:$2.1M, 05:$2.1M club option $0.3M buyout (05 salary increases to $2.5M if BOS p/u & 1,000 plate appearances 03-04)
  • signed as a free agent from SF 1/03 acquired in trade from CHC 9/02
  • 2 year/$6.2M (01-02) incl $0.3M signing bonus
  • 01:$2.6M, 02:$3.3M

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2007 After a three-year stint in Boston that included a batting title and a World Series ring, Mueller arrived in L.A. via the Colletti Connection, one former Giant reuniting with another over a two-year, $9.5 million deal. Alas, one month into his Dodger career, Mueller aggravated his arthritic right knee and underwent surgery, his third on that particular joint. After a month of rehab, he conceded that the knee was `bone on bone in three different places,` (cringe) and doctors have told him there`s no known solution. In short, he`s probably cooked--a shame because guys with .373 career OBPs who can field their positions don`t grow on trees--but he`ll grind it out (sorry) so long as the Dodgers are paying.
2005 His "Outlier of the Year" Award secure after that 2003 season, Mueller did a good job fighting regression to the mean and managed to put up numbers better than his previous career averages at age 33. The Red Sox picked up his option for 2005, a move that allows them to shop him as a cheap option for teams in need of help at the hot corner or to keep him as Kevin Youkilis' overstudy for one more year.
2004 The Red Sox had four regulars exceed their 90th-percentile PECOTA projection, but Mueller was the most surprising of all. When he signed it wasn't clear where he would play, and he had just 54 at-bats at the end of April, getting time at both second and third base. He settled in at the hot corner when Hillenbrand was dealt, and just kept hitting. The most likely Red Sock to regress significantly, likely back to the still-fine player the Sox thought they had signed.
2003 Mueller started slowly after spending April on the DL for knee surgery, but he was back to his usual self in the second half, hitting .279/.378/.447 after the break. Itís not clear why the Giants gave up a decent relief prospect (Jeff Verplancke) to get him in September, knowing he wouldnít be available for the postseason roster. He basically sat on the bench for the month, but it made for a nice prodigal son story. If the troublesome left knee, which also cost him most of 2001, is healthy, Mueller stands to be an above-average third baseman for at least a couple more years. Thatís a big if.
2002 While the Cubsí legacy at third base is much bemoaned, you could interpret their patchwork over the years as occasionally ingenious. Ron Cey, Vance Law, Steve Buechele, and Gary Gaetti all had their moments. The problem isnít with turnover, itís with commitments, as the Cubs never cut bait in time. Bill Mueller is a wonderful player, with generally solid defense, on-base skills, and the ability to spray hits all over the park. But it wonít be in the Cubsí interest to keep him beyond 2002, especially if he gets more expensive.
2001 It was off season for Bill Mueller, as he slipped everywhere except in power. He's a reasonable defensive third baseman and was very much a fan favorite in San Francisco. Mueller couldn't hit from the right side particularly well in 2000, but he should rebound with the Cubs this year; that improvement will be exaggerated by the change in ballpark.
2000 The Giants want a new third baseman, apparently because Mueller doesn't hit for power. He has a career OBP of .383 and a decent glove at third base; combine his performance with Jeff Kentís and you have a good situation at second and third base. Mueller isn't Vinny Castilla, which bothers Brian Sabean a lot more than it should, especially since Mueller is better.
1999 Still my favorite Giant. A subject of trade rumors, which seems odd, since thirdbasemen like Mueller, who make the plays on defense and get on base regularly but don't have much power, would seem to be underrated rather than overrated, and thus poor candidates for trade bait. Will be a fan favorite wherever he ends up.
1998 My favorite Giant. Bill Mueller rarely does anything stupid. He comes across as a player who accepts who he is and uses what he has. Itís not that he doesnít strive to improve, but he doesnít overreach his grasp. He takes walks, hits doubles, makes as many plays as he can in the field and doesnít screw up. Which is harder than it sounds.
1997 A very nice little ballplayer. Gets on base well, which is something the Giants sorely and desperately need, can fill in competently at second baseman, and is a dynamite third baseman. I donít think losing Matt Williams was the end of the world; not because of what they got back, but because I really like Bill Mueller. Could develop into Dave Magadan with a little power and good defense. Will draw 100 walks during the 1999 season. Main concern: throwing motion is awkward and looks to me like it could cause elbow problems.

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