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Birth Date6-15-1984
Height5' 10"
Weight200 lbs
Age34 years, 10 months, 8 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.72015
-0.22016
0.42017
-0.12018
0.42019
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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
2008 OAK 24 36 117 24 5 0 0 13 18 2 4 1 .242 .339 .293 86 -1.8 0.6 -0.9 0.2
2009 OAK 25 60 229 58 11 3 4 19 46 1 7 5 .279 .342 .418 92 -1.6 0.2 -0.6 0.8
2010 OAK 26 156 576 127 26 8 6 50 96 3 29 5 .250 .319 .368 90 -5.9 4.2 18.0 4.1
2011 OAK 27 148 570 136 26 2 8 42 104 1 14 9 .264 .319 .369 88 -6.8 -1.3 -10.6 0.4
2012 OAK 28 125 462 90 18 2 6 35 90 2 15 6 .215 .278 .311 78 -11.6 2.9 9.2 1.9
2013 ARI 29 96 299 65 13 1 1 26 54 1 2 0 .242 .310 .309 82 -5.5 3.0 3.4 1.2
2014 ARI 30 68 201 45 5 3 2 20 36 3 6 1 .254 .340 .350 94 -1.3 0.2 1.3 0.7
2015 ARI 31 72 157 32 3 0 1 16 29 0 3 0 .237 .314 .281 74 -4.2 -0.6 3.6 0.4
2015 TOR 31 33 92 12 3 0 2 11 20 1 0 0 .160 .270 .280 76 -2.2 0.5 2.0 0.3
2016 ANA 32 74 188 36 4 2 3 13 55 0 1 0 .209 .265 .308 68 -6.7 0.1 -1.4 -0.2
2017 ANA 33 87 217 49 6 0 3 16 58 1 3 1 .253 .306 .330 77 -5.6 1.9 1.3 0.4
2018 CIN 34 16 34 4 0 0 0 5 13 0 0 0 .138 .265 .138 57 -1.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1
Career97131426781202136266619158428.242.309.33984-54.911.725.410.1

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
2005 KNC A MDW 69 334 .255 .333 .388 .318 102 0.8 1.7 0.6 102 0 4.7 2.0 -1.6 0.7
2006 STO A+ CLF 46 202 .286 .367 .433 .243 101 -6.8 4.8 2.2 63 0 -5.9 2.3 -10.0 -0.7
2006 ATH Rk AZL 9 32 .263 .349 .377 .500 98 6.1 1.0 0.3 250 0 0.1 -0.4 7.2 0.8
2007 STO A+ CLF 68 333 .259 .339 .402 .296 99 5.6 10.4 4.5 108 0 -3.2 0.4 -4.4 0.7
2007 MID AA TXS 70 314 .269 .342 .408 .280 104 -4.3 9.2 3.9 79 0 1.3 0.6 -12.5 0.3
2008 OAK MLB AL 36 117 .268 .333 .417 .293 98 -2.5 3.4 0.4 86 13 -0.9 0.6 -1.8 0.2
2008 MID AA TXS 50 244 .272 .347 .415 .314 89 1.9 7.3 2.1 95 0 4.8 2.0 -6.2 1.0
2008 SAC AAA PCL 65 294 .281 .350 .447 .335 107 7.3 8.9 2.8 116 0 10.4 0.8 2.3 2.4
2009 OAK MLB AL 60 229 .260 .331 .413 .342 101 -0.7 6.6 3 92 8 -0.6 0.2 -1.6 0.8
2009 SAC AAA PCL 99 417 .275 .343 .431 .298 91 4 12.1 4.4 93 0 -0.8 6.5 -7.3 1.5
2010 OAK MLB AL 156 576 .257 .323 .405 .296 100 0.4 15.9 7.3 90 8 18.0 4.2 -5.9 4.1
2011 OAK MLB AL 148 570 .255 .316 .398 .314 97 -3.3 15.4 7.1 88 10 -10.6 -1.3 -6.8 0.4
2012 OAK MLB AL 125 462 .254 .315 .406 .259 95 -12.1 12.7 4.3 78 5 9.2 2.9 -11.6 1.9
2012 SAC AAA PCL 3 14 .254 .318 .400 .714 83 2.6 0.4 0.2 151 0 0.9 0.2 0.6 0.2
2013 ARI MLB NL 96 299 .253 .317 .396 .298 102 -7.6 7.9 2.2 82 9 3.4 3.0 -5.5 1.2
2014 ARI MLB NL 68 201 .251 .311 .384 .309 104 1.8 5.2 1 94 11 1.3 0.2 -1.3 0.7
2014 RNO AAA PCL 4 17 .294 .354 .511 .417 103 1.7 0.5 0.1 0 0 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2014 DIA Rk AZL 5 22 .000 .000 .000 .533 0.0 202 0 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0
2015 ARI MLB NL 72 157 .256 .315 .398 .290 98 -6.7 4.2 0.8 74 10 3.6 -0.6 -4.2 0.4
2015 TOR MLB AL 33 92 .251 .317 .400 .182 106 -3.8 2.5 -0.1 76 10 2.0 0.5 -2.2 0.3
2016 ANA MLB AL 74 188 .253 .313 .423 .289 102 -10.4 5.3 0.4 68 14 -1.4 0.1 -6.7 -0.2
2016 INL A+ CAL 2 7 .233 .295 .345 .400 84 1.1 0.2 0 103 0 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0
2016 SLC AAA PCL 7 26 .271 .329 .431 .368 104 0.3 0.7 0 86 0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.7 0.0
2017 ANA MLB AL 87 217 .256 .321 .422 .333 100 -3.6 6.3 0.4 77 9 1.3 1.9 -5.6 0.4
2018 CIN MLB NL 16 34 .245 .327 .386 .250 99 -3.5 1.0 0.2 57 10 -0.1 -0.2 -1.6 -0.1
2018 LOU AAA INT 11 37 .255 .318 .385 .333 93 1.3 1.1 0.1 123 0 0.4 -0.1 0.5 0.2
2018 ROU AAA PCL 61 250 .271 .332 .413 .264 95 -10.1 7.3 2.7 64 0 1.9 -1.2 -12.7 -0.2
2019 SWB AAA INT 12 46 .254 .334 .442 .154 99 -0.9 1.4 0.4 0 0 0.1 -0.6 0.0 0.0

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
2005 KNC A MDW 334 290 49 80 15 0 3 104 29 39 47 25 6 .276 .363 .359 .083 2 2
2006 STO A+ CLF 202 177 36 36 7 0 2 49 21 24 35 7 1 .203 .302 .277 .073 0 0
2006 ATH Rk AZL 32 28 3 13 3 1 0 18 6 4 2 0 0 .464 .531 .643 .179 0 0
2007 MID AA TXS 314 271 41 68 13 2 2 91 21 38 35 8 2 .251 .343 .336 .085 2 2
2007 STO A+ CLF 333 286 50 73 17 3 6 114 36 43 54 9 2 .255 .353 .399 .143 0 0
2008 MID AA TXS 244 204 42 53 7 2 0 64 18 39 36 20 1 .260 .377 .314 .054 1 1
2008 SAC AAA PCL 294 236 47 70 9 3 2 91 16 54 34 11 5 .297 .423 .386 .089 3 3
2008 OAK MLB AL 117 99 14 24 5 0 0 29 9 13 18 4 1 .242 .339 .293 .051 1 2
2009 OAK MLB AL 229 208 27 58 11 3 4 87 21 19 46 7 5 .279 .342 .418 .139 0 1
2009 SAC AAA PCL 417 360 48 95 22 3 3 132 40 45 54 27 4 .264 .344 .367 .103 6 6
2010 OAK MLB AL 576 508 64 127 26 8 6 187 46 50 96 29 5 .250 .319 .368 .118 3 12
2011 OAK MLB AL 570 515 57 136 26 2 8 190 58 42 104 14 9 .264 .319 .369 .105 4 8
2012 SAC AAA PCL 14 11 2 5 1 0 0 6 1 3 4 1 0 .455 .571 .545 .091 0 0
2012 OAK MLB AL 462 418 50 90 18 2 6 130 28 35 90 15 6 .215 .278 .311 .096 2 5
2013 ARI MLB NL 299 269 25 65 13 1 1 83 18 26 54 2 0 .242 .310 .309 .067 1 2
2014 DIA Rk AZL 22 19 2 8 1 0 0 9 5 3 4 0 0 .421 .500 .474 .053 0
2014 RNO AAA PCL 17 13 3 5 0 0 0 5 0 3 1 1 0 .385 .529 .385 .000 0
2014 ARI MLB NL 201 177 21 45 5 3 2 62 10 20 36 6 1 .254 .340 .350 .096 0
2015 TOR MLB AL 92 75 9 12 3 0 2 21 11 11 20 0 0 .160 .270 .280 .120 2 3
2015 ARI MLB NL 157 135 15 32 3 0 1 38 10 16 29 3 0 .237 .314 .281 .044 2 4
2016 INL A+ CAL 7 6 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .429 .667 .333 0 0
2016 SLC AAA PCL 26 23 3 7 2 1 0 11 3 3 4 0 0 .304 .385 .478 .174 0 0
2016 ANA MLB AL 188 172 18 36 4 2 3 53 10 13 55 1 0 .209 .265 .308 .099 0 3
2017 ANA MLB AL 217 194 23 49 6 0 3 64 21 16 58 3 1 .253 .306 .330 .077 5 1
2018 CIN MLB NL 34 29 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 5 13 0 0 .138 .265 .138 .000 0 0
2018 LOU AAA INT 37 30 4 8 2 0 0 10 1 6 7 0 1 .267 .378 .333 .067 1 0
2018 ROU AAA PCL 250 216 26 44 12 1 1 61 13 30 54 4 1 .204 .301 .282 .079 2 1
2019 SWB AAA INT 46 36 4 5 1 0 1 9 6 8 10 1 0 .139 .304 .250 .111 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 467 0.5203 0.4368 0.8431 0.6379 0.2188 0.8581 0.7959 0.1569 0.0031
2009 914 0.4880 0.4573 0.7943 0.6413 0.2821 0.8636 0.6439 0.2057 -0.0049
2010 2267 0.4927 0.4235 0.8479 0.5980 0.2539 0.9087 0.7089 0.1521 0.0017
2011 2290 0.4943 0.4367 0.8290 0.5663 0.3100 0.8721 0.7521 0.1710 -0.0113
2012 1866 0.4909 0.4512 0.7862 0.6168 0.2916 0.8425 0.6715 0.2138 -0.0048
2013 1136 0.5009 0.4613 0.8244 0.6397 0.2822 0.8764 0.7063 0.1756 -0.0072
2014 815 0.4957 0.4245 0.8324 0.5842 0.2676 0.8898 0.7091 0.1676 -0.0061
2015 1010 0.4802 0.4188 0.7589 0.6309 0.2229 0.8105 0.6239 0.2411 0.0021
2016 760 0.5342 0.4868 0.7405 0.6478 0.3023 0.7947 0.6075 0.2595 0.0000
2017 868 0.4919 0.4355 0.7487 0.5433 0.3311 0.8448 0.5959 0.2513 0.0000
2018 155 0.4452 0.4194 0.6769 0.5652 0.3023 0.8462 0.4231 0.3231 0.0000
Career125480.49520.44070.80540.60400.28030.86290.68520.1946-0.0036

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
2014-06-02 2014-08-06 15-DL 65 54 Left Thumb Recovery From Previous Injury Sprain -
2014-05-28 2014-06-01 DTD 4 4 Left Thumb Sprain Opponent Sliding Into Glove -
2012-07-20 2012-08-07 15-DL 18 17 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2012-04-03 2012-04-06 DTD 3 0 - Groin Strain - -
2011-09-24 2011-09-29 DTD 5 5 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2011-08-02 2011-08-05 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Nerve Injury Bell's Palsey - -
2011-04-12 2011-04-13 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Infection Sweat Gland In Armpit -
2010-10-08 2010-10-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum Tear 2010-10-08
2010-09-21 2010-09-21 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-19 2010-04-20 DTD 1 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2006-06-25 2006-09-06 Minors 73 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 NYA $
2018 CIN $1,500,000
2017 ANA $2,250,000
2016 ANA $1,500,000
2015 ARI $3,275,000
2014 ARI $3,250,000
2013 ARI $1,750,000
2012 OAK $490,000
2011 OAK $420,000
2010 OAK $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$14,840,000
9 yrTotal$14,840,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 145 dSosnick Cobbe & Karon1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 2/15/19 (minor-league contract). Released by Oakland 3/29/19. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 4/5/19 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/15/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Contract selected by Cincinnati 3/26/18. Sent outright to Triple-A by Cincinnati 4/29/18. Released by Cincinnati 5/18/18. Signed by Texas as a free agent 5/18/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$3.75M (2016-17). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/17/15. 16:$1.5M, 17:$2.25M. Annual performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 225, 250 plate appearances. $75,000 each for 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400 PAs. $0.1M each for 425, 450 PAs.
  • 1 year/$3.275M (2015). Re-signed by Arizona 12/29/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Arizona 8/8/15.
  • 2 years/$5M (2013-14). Signed by Arizona 1/13 (avoided arbitration, $2.8M-$1.8M). $1M signing bonus. 13:$1.25M, 14:$2.75M.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Oakland 10/20/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Oakland 8/12/08.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2005 (1-21) (Texas A&M). Signed 6/05, $1.45M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 330 38 81 16 2 7 36 31 80 3 1 .278 .352 .419 101 15.0 SS 1, 3B 0 1.6
80o 309 34 71 14 1 6 32 27 77 3 1 .259 .328 .383 93 9.9 SS 0, 3B 0 1.0
70o 294 31 66 13 1 6 29 25 75 3 1 .252 .320 .378 87 6.6 SS 0, 3B 0 0.7
60o 281 29 61 12 1 5 27 23 73 3 1 .243 .309 .359 82 4.0 SS 0, 3B 0 0.4
50o 269 27 56 11 1 5 26 21 71 2 1 .232 .297 .349 77 1.7 SS 0, 3B 0 0.2
40o 257 25 52 10 1 5 24 20 68 2 1 .225 .290 .342 72 -0.4 SS 0, 3B 0 -0.1
30o 244 23 47 9 1 4 22 18 66 2 1 .214 .277 .318 67 -2.4 SS 0, 3B 0 -0.3
20o 229 20 43 8 1 4 20 16 63 2 1 .207 .264 .312 61 -4.4 SS 0, 3B 0 -0.5
10o 208 18 36 7 1 3 17 14 59 2 1 .189 .248 .284 53 -6.8 SS 0, 3B 0 -0.7
Weighted Mean2742758111526227121.236.301.350792.6SS 0, 3B 00.3

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals are about to sign Kelly Shoppach FYI. The cardinals were supposedly looking for SS but had no luck. Pete Kozma, Ryan Jackson, nor Greg Garcia are the answers so who is?
(Bubba from STL)
I thought Alexei Ramirez made sense for them before the rumors of their interest popped up. It's really hard to find a MLB-quality shortstop out there (which is something that we perhaps don't take into account enough when talking about the Iglesias and Gregorius deals). Maybe they reunite with Brendan Ryan, or Arizona decides to move Cliff Pennington for some reason? I don't know. St. Louis may not have a choice but to roll with what they've got. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cliff Pennington a top 10 AL SS?
(Abe Froman from Chicago)
Well, there are only 14 starting SSs in the AL, and some that aren't very good, so yeah, Pennington is 9 or 10. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)With the A's season is over, what offensive players should be brought back? The only ones I definitely bring back are Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore.
(Tom from Madison)
Well, Kurt Suzuki isn't going anywhere, Chris Carter will be worth playing, and maybe Daric Barton will have hit his way back to the majors by then. Other than that--I was going to say Cliff Pennington (who was actually Oakland's most valuable player last season, according to WARP), though it would be better if the A's could arrange to bring back his glove and substitute someone else's bat. However, I've just noticed that FRAA seems to hate him this season as much as it loved him in 2010. Anyone noticed any big change in Pennington's play in the field? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove?
(Eric from Denver)
I just really, really wanted to see this in print. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove? ================== Should have read: This season, Derek Jeter is *Chad* Pennington with a better arm?
(dianagramr from NYC)
A winner is you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good or bad should A's fans feel about Cliff Pennington at short in 2010?
(Ryan from Utica)
OK, a more substantive A's question. ;) I'm happy to see Pennington get a chance, because it's clear he doesn't have much left to learn in Sacramento, but guess I worry about what it'll mean for the A's pitching staff, given that the expectation's always been that he makes a better second baseman than a shortstop. His arm's pretty good, but scouty comments about his range don't jibe with some of the statistical metrics (Plus/Minus in particular). Still, it isn't like we're talking about Luis Hernandez. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the AL West appearing so winnable, can the A's really afford to give Bobby "Bones" Crosby a season's worth of at-bats? And what better options are still out there (either in-house or via FA) besides the obvious one in Orlando Cabrera?
(Adam from Italy)
It really does seem to be down to Cabrera, especially since so many of the Kathy Griffin D-listers (I'm looking at you, Adam Everett) are already under contract. But I guess I'm a little more sanguine, in that I'd be willing to risk Cliff Pennington for long stretches. The problem's more one of the additional questions over Eric Chavez's playability and availability, and how well Mark Ellis bounces back from his latest spin with the injury bug, because that's an entire infield's worth of unknowns that no amount of happy thoughts get to go away. (Christina Kahrl)


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