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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
14.7 4.20 1.42 15 1 1 0 0.1
Birth Date8-15-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight225 lbs
Age36 years, 11 months, 3 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.02014
0.92015
0.42016
-0.12017
0.32018
+proj
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.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
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
2002 SDN MLB 16 15 90.0 4 5 0 71 48 94 13 .254 102 7.1 4.8 1.3 9.4 38% .256 .255 1.32 4.43 3.50 87 3.95 84.8 1.7
2003 PIT 0 5 5 23.0 0 3 0 26 12 24 2 .256 102 10.2 4.7 0.8 9.4 43% .358 .274 1.65 3.71 5.87 88 5.65 118.4 0.0
2003 SDN 0 19 19 103.7 4 7 0 103 65 117 20 .253 94 8.9 5.6 1.7 10.2 39% .310 .289 1.62 5.19 5.38 90 4.51 94.5 1.4
2004 PIT MLB 30 30 196.0 12 10 0 145 81 239 22 .254 94 6.7 3.7 1.0 11.0 38% .271 .230 1.15 3.34 2.98 67 3.10 64.0 5.8
2005 PIT MLB 20 20 103.0 7 5 0 102 70 97 23 .257 104 8.9 6.1 2.0 8.5 33% .287 .292 1.67 6.21 5.85 107 7.15 153.9 -1.9
2006 NYN 0 7 7 36.7 1 3 0 41 17 41 7 .263 91 10.1 4.2 1.7 10.1 31% .351 .282 1.58 4.98 6.38 105 6.78 138.1 -0.4
2006 PIT 0 15 15 76.0 2 10 0 88 51 61 13 .253 96 10.4 6.0 1.5 7.2 33% .318 .308 1.83 5.85 6.63 107 7.55 153.7 -1.4
2007 NYN MLB 29 29 177.0 15 10 0 153 79 174 22 .258 98 7.8 4.0 1.1 8.8 35% .271 .254 1.31 4.27 3.56 84 3.76 77.8 3.9
2008 NYN MLB 34 34 194.0 10 7 0 167 105 180 24 .259 94 7.7 4.9 1.1 8.4 35% .271 .264 1.40 4.64 4.22 114 4.31 91.8 2.7
2009 NYN MLB 14 14 66.0 3 4 0 69 58 62 12 .259 93 9.4 7.9 1.6 8.5 32% .303 .320 1.92 6.35 6.82 135 7.05 151.2 -1.1
2010 NYN MLB 17 7 46.3 0 5 0 54 42 37 9 .264 88 10.5 8.2 1.7 7.2 36% .317 .355 2.07 7.00 6.80 130 7.25 163.8 -1.1
2012 SEA MLB 33 0 29.7 1 3 0 27 10 24 1 .264 90 8.2 3.0 0.3 7.3 35% .295 .237 1.25 2.87 2.12 109 3.36 77.0 0.5
2013 SEA MLB 61 0 53.0 3 3 2 50 26 74 6 .265 94 8.5 4.4 1.0 12.6 31% .361 .271 1.43 3.28 3.74 85 2.74 65.6 1.2
2014 ARI MLB 68 0 58.7 3 4 0 50 24 76 5 .262 103 7.7 3.7 0.8 11.7 47% .312 .261 1.26 3.20 2.91 84 3.16 77.5 1.0
2015 ARI 0 48 0 29.0 2 1 0 25 11 37 2 .264 101 7.8 3.4 0.6 11.5 45% .311 .244 1.24 3.05 3.10 78 2.86 66.9 0.6
2015 HOU 0 22 0 12.0 0 3 0 14 4 14 2 .269 101 10.5 3.0 1.5 10.5 32% .343 .289 1.50 3.93 6.75 86 3.04 71.1 0.2
2016 WAS MLB 64 0 40.0 2 3 0 38 20 46 4 .271 92 8.6 4.5 0.9 10.3 43% .324 .272 1.45 4.20 4.95 97 4.07 90.0 0.4
2017 WAS MLB 50 0 33.0 0 0 1 32 12 39 4 .269 97 8.7 3.3 1.1 10.6 32% .333 .268 1.33 3.84 4.64 106 5.46 116.3 -0.1
2018 CLE MLB 21 0 13.0 0 0 0 5 2 13 0 .266 106 3.5 1.4 0.0 9.0 35% .161 .127 0.54 1.62 0.69 89 3.71 83.7 0.2
2003 TOT MLB 24 24 126.7 4 10 0 129 77 141 22 .254 96 9.2 5.5 1.6 10.0 40% .319 .286 1.63 4.92 5.47 89 4.72 98.9 1.5
2006 TOT MLB 22 22 112.7 3 13 0 129 68 102 20 .256 94 10.3 5.4 1.6 8.1 32% .327 .300 1.75 5.57 6.55 106 7.30 148.7 -1.8
2015 TOT MLB 70 0 41.0 2 4 0 39 15 51 4 .266 101 8.6 3.3 0.9 11.2 41% .321 .258 1.32 3.31 4.17 81 2.92 68.1 0.9
CareerMLB5731951380.06986312607371449191.258968.24.81.29.436%.293.2701.454.524.43964.72101.011.8

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 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 IDA Rk 5 5 24.3 3 1 0 24 9 27 1 .000 8.9 3.3 0.4 10.0 0% -.622 .000 1.36 3.49 4.07 0 0.00 0.0
2001 FTW A 19 19 101.3 8 5 0 84 43 98 9 .000 7.5 3.8 0.8 8.7 0% -.500 .000 1.25 4.04 3.46 0 0.00 0.0
2001 LEL A+ 9 9 53.0 2 4 0 45 25 62 4 .000 7.6 4.2 0.7 10.5 0% -.451 .000 1.32 3.80 2.72 0 0.00 0.0
2001 Cul Wnt 14 3 35.7 3 1 0 24 14 38 2 .000 6.1 3.5 0.5 9.6 0% -.407 .000 1.06 2.33 0.76 0 0.00 0.0
2002 SDN MLB 16 15 90.0 4 5 0 71 48 94 13 .254 102 7.1 4.8 1.3 9.4 38% .256 .255 1.32 4.43 3.50 87 3.95 84.8
2002 LEL A+ 9 8 48.7 3 3 0 36 24 66 0 .000 6.7 4.4 0.0 12.2 0% .330 .000 1.23 2.52 1.85 0 0.00 0.0
2002 MOB AA 4 4 23.0 1 0 0 11 16 34 1 .000 4.3 6.3 0.4 13.3 0% .238 .000 1.17 2.71 1.17 0 0.00 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 5 5 23.0 0 3 0 26 12 24 2 .256 102 10.2 4.7 0.8 9.4 43% .358 .274 1.65 3.71 5.87 88 5.65 118.4
2003 SDN MLB 19 19 103.7 4 7 0 103 65 117 20 .253 94 8.9 5.6 1.7 10.2 39% .310 .289 1.62 5.19 5.38 90 4.51 94.5
2003 POR AAA 8 8 47.7 3 3 0 44 12 48 6 .000 8.3 2.3 1.1 9.1 0% .292 .000 1.17 3.93 3.02 0 0.00 0.0
2003 Cul Wnt 6 4 30.3 2 1 1 21 10 46 2 .000 6.2 3.0 0.6 13.7 0% -.328 .000 1.02 1.37 2.38 0 0.00 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 30 30 196.0 12 10 0 145 81 239 22 .254 94 6.7 3.7 1.0 11.0 38% .271 .230 1.15 3.34 2.98 67 3.10 64.0
2005 PIT MLB 20 20 103.0 7 5 0 102 70 97 23 .257 104 8.9 6.1 2.0 8.5 33% .287 .292 1.67 6.21 5.85 107 7.15 153.9
2005 IND AAA 3 3 10.0 0 1 0 14 12 4 3 .248 82 12.6 10.8 2.7 3.6 32% .306 .282 2.60 10.20 9.90 151 13.06 132.7
2006 NYN MLB 7 7 36.7 1 3 0 41 17 41 7 .263 91 10.1 4.2 1.7 10.1 31% .351 .282 1.58 4.98 6.38 105 6.78 138.1
2006 PIT MLB 15 15 76.0 2 10 0 88 51 61 13 .253 96 10.4 6.0 1.5 7.2 33% .318 .308 1.83 5.85 6.63 107 7.55 153.7
2006 IND AAA 6 6 32.1 1 3 0 28 11 34 6 .264 76 7.9 3.1 1.7 9.5 33% .234 .267 1.21 4.60 5.61 79 2.90 92.4
2006 NOR AAA 4 4 19.2 1 2 0 18 12 26 4 .262 83 8.4 5.6 1.9 12.2 47% .273 .306 1.56 5.11 6.09 82 4.71 106.0
2006 MEX wor 2 1 4.0 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 .000 2.2 9.0 0.0 6.8 0% .091 .000 1.25 3.55 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 NYN MLB 29 29 177.0 15 10 0 153 79 174 22 .258 98 7.8 4.0 1.1 8.8 35% .271 .254 1.31 4.27 3.56 84 3.76 77.8
2007 MTS Rk 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 .295 4.5 0.0 0.0 15.8 29% .286 .000 0.50 0.69 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 NYN MLB 34 34 194.0 10 7 0 167 105 180 24 .259 94 7.7 4.9 1.1 8.4 35% .271 .264 1.40 4.64 4.22 114 4.31 91.8
2009 NYN MLB 14 14 66.0 3 4 0 69 58 62 12 .259 93 9.4 7.9 1.6 8.5 32% .303 .320 1.92 6.35 6.82 135 7.05 151.2
2009 BRO A- 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 2 1 6 0 .256 83 3.6 1.8 0.0 10.8 40% .200 .097 0.60 1.51 0.00 89 3.49 80.0
2009 SLU A+ 1 1 3.0 0 1 0 7 1 3 1 .253 103 21.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 50% .462 .444 2.67 6.52 6.00 97 3.53 82.5
2009 BUF AAA 2 2 9.3 0 2 0 8 9 9 1 .243 105 7.7 8.7 1.0 8.7 38% .280 .274 1.83 5.51 3.87 104 7.31 164.7
2010 NYN MLB 17 7 46.3 0 5 0 54 42 37 9 .264 88 10.5 8.2 1.7 7.2 36% .317 .355 2.07 7.00 6.80 130 7.25 163.8
2010 SLU A+ 2 2 11.7 1 1 0 7 4 14 2 .246 101 5.4 3.1 1.5 10.8 29% .192 .211 0.94 4.54 4.62 99 3.66 84.8
2010 BUF AAA 2 2 11.7 0 0 0 10 7 10 2 .240 105 7.7 5.4 1.5 7.7 44% .250 .270 1.45 6.11 2.31 108 7.20 154.4
2010 CUL Wnt 6 1 9.0 1 0 0 10 5 10 0 .000 10.0 5.0 0.0 10.0 0% .385 .000 1.67 2.55 5.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 HAR AA 16 15 75.7 3 5 0 78 27 58 10 .266 87 9.3 3.2 1.2 6.9 35% .296 .295 1.39 4.82 3.09 116 7.44 160.9
2011 CUL Wnt 23 0 14.3 0 2 0 8 8 19 1 .000 5.0 5.0 0.6 11.9 0% .226 .000 1.12 3.12 0.63 0 0.00 0.0
2012 SEA MLB 33 0 29.7 1 3 0 27 10 24 1 .264 90 8.2 3.0 0.3 7.3 35% .295 .237 1.25 2.87 2.12 109 3.36 77.0
2012 TAC AAA 22 0 31.0 2 2 1 33 19 42 4 .275 95 9.6 5.5 1.2 12.2 41% .382 .294 1.68 4.46 4.65 90 3.73 71.4
2012 CUL Wnt 15 0 11.7 0 2 1 11 5 13 3 .000 8.5 3.9 2.3 10.0 0% .276 .000 1.37 5.74 4.63 0 0.00 0.0
2013 SEA MLB 61 0 53.0 3 3 2 50 26 74 6 .265 94 8.5 4.4 1.0 12.6 31% .361 .271 1.43 3.28 3.74 85 2.74 65.6
2013 MEX int 1 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .000 .000 0.00 3.63 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 ARI MLB 68 0 58.7 3 4 0 50 24 76 5 .262 103 7.7 3.7 0.8 11.7 47% .312 .261 1.26 3.20 2.91 84 3.16 77.5
2015 ARI MLB 48 0 29.0 2 1 0 25 11 37 2 .264 101 7.8 3.4 0.6 11.5 45% .311 .244 1.24 3.05 3.10 78 2.86 66.9
2015 HOU MLB 22 0 12.0 0 3 0 14 4 14 2 .269 101 10.5 3.0 1.5 10.5 32% .343 .289 1.50 3.93 6.75 86 3.04 71.1
2016 WAS MLB 64 0 40.0 2 3 0 38 20 46 4 .271 92 8.6 4.5 0.9 10.3 43% .324 .272 1.45 4.20 4.95 97 4.07 90.0
2016 MEX Wnt 3 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 0% .000 .000 0.00 1.01 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2017 WAS MLB 50 0 33.0 0 0 1 32 12 39 4 .269 97 8.7 3.3 1.1 10.6 32% .333 .268 1.33 3.84 4.64 106 5.46 116.3
2018 CLE MLB 21 0 13.0 0 0 0 5 2 13 0 .266 106 3.5 1.4 0.0 9.0 35% .161 .127 0.54 1.62 0.69 89 3.71 83.7
2018 SWB AAA 16 0 14.0 1 0 0 17 3 15 1 .242 10.9 1.9 0.6 9.6 33% .421 .274 1.43 2.96 2.57 91 3.27 67.6

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 3174 0.5088 0.4181 0.7777 0.5653 0.2656 0.8653 0.5845 0.2223
2009 1294 0.5054 0.3879 0.7928 0.5612 0.2109 0.8583 0.6148 0.2072
2010 942 0.4448 0.4130 0.8072 0.6325 0.2371 0.8604 0.6935 0.1928
2012 454 0.5573 0.5044 0.7598 0.6482 0.3234 0.8354 0.5692 0.2402
2013 957 0.5444 0.4263 0.6887 0.5509 0.2775 0.8014 0.4215 0.3113
2014 983 0.5036 0.4435 0.6881 0.5879 0.2971 0.7766 0.5103 0.3119
2015 720 0.5375 0.4597 0.7160 0.6098 0.2853 0.7924 0.5263 0.2840
2016 710 0.5239 0.4127 0.7611 0.5591 0.2515 0.8558 0.5294 0.2389
2017 601 0.5574 0.4376 0.7529 0.5940 0.2406 0.8241 0.5313 0.2471
2018 186 0.5215 0.4624 0.7209 0.6186 0.2921 0.8500 0.4231 0.2791
Career100210.51370.42550.75620.58120.26210.83910.56080.2438

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
2011-06-12 2011-07-02 Minors 20 17 Left Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2011-04-10 2011-05-19 Minors 39 34 Not Disclosed -
2010-06-01 2010-07-21 15-DL 50 42 Left Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2009-08-26 2009-10-05 60-DL 40 36 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendinosis 2009-09-01
2009-05-03 2009-07-08 15-DL 66 59 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2007-06-27 2007-07-15 15-DL 18 15 - Low Back Soreness -
2005-06-27 2005-09-03 60-DL 68 60 Left Fracture Big Toe -
2005-05-07 2005-05-21 DTD 14 11 Left Shoulder Stiffness -
2003-09-23 2003-09-29 DTD 6 6 Left Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2002-08-07 2002-09-02 15-DL 26 24 Left Shoulder Strain Posterior -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CIN $
2017 WAS $4,000,000
2016 WAS $3,000,000
2015 ARI $2,500,000
2014 ARI $1,750,000
2013 SEA $1,500,000
2012 SEA $
2011 NYN $12,000,000
2010 NYN $12,000,000
2009 NYN $12,000,000
2008 NYN $6,500,000
2007 NYN $2,325,000
2006 PIT $1,900,000
2005 PIT $381,000
2004 PIT $321,000
2003 SDN $305,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$60,482,000
14 yrTotal$60,482,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 144 dMike Fischlin, Boras Corp.1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/23/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses. May opt out of contract at end of Spring Training if not on Major League roster. Released by Cincinnati 3/22/18. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/30/18 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 6/1/18 (exercised right to opt out). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 6/2/18.
  • 2 years/$7M (2016-17). Signed by Washington as a free agent 12/15. 16:$3M, 17:$4M.
  • 2 years/$4.25M (2014-15). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 3/7/14. 14:$1.75M, 15:$2.5M. Acquired by Houston in trade from Arizona 8/8/15.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2013). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 11/3/12. May earn additional $0.6M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/18/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Seattle 6/16/12.
  • 3 years/$36M (2009-11). Re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/2/09. 09-11:$12M annually. Released by NY Mets 3/21/11. Signed by Washington as a free agent 3/24/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$6.5M (2008). Won arbitration with NY Mets 2/22/08 ($6.5M-$4.725M).
  • 1 year/$2.325M (2007). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/07 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $12,500 each for 15, 25 games started, $25,000 each for 155, 165, 175, 185, 195 IP.
  • 1 year/$1.9M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/06 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Pittsburgh 7/06.
  • 1 year/$0.381M (2005). Renewed by Pittsburgh 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.321M (2004). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.305M (2003). Re-signed by San Diego 2/03. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from San Diego 8/03.
  • Signed 1999 by San Diego as an amateur free agent from Mexico.

2018 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 4.2 1.6 1.4 73 0 50.1 40 18 55 6 .270 1.16 3.18 3.45 8.1 0.9
80o 3.6 1.3 1.2 65 0 44.2 38 18 48 5 .285 1.25 3.59 3.89 5.1 0.6
70o 3.2 1.1 1 59 0 40.1 36 17 44 5 .296 1.32 3.89 4.21 3.2 0.4
60o 2.9 1 0.9 54 0 36.7 35 16 40 5 .306 1.38 4.15 4.49 1.9 0.2
50o 2.6 0.9 0.8 49 0 33.6 33 15 37 5 .315 1.44 4.40 4.75 0.8 0.1
40o 2.4 0.7 0.7 45 0 30.6 31 15 33 4 .324 1.51 4.65 5.02 -0.2 -0.0
30o 2.1 0.6 0.6 40 0 27.4 29 14 30 4 .334 1.57 4.92 5.32 -1.1 -0.1
20o 1.8 0.5 0.5 35 0 23.8 27 13 26 4 .345 1.66 5.25 5.67 -1.8 -0.2
10o 1.4 0.4 0.4 28 0 19.0 23 11 21 3 .360 1.78 5.72 6.17 -2.5 -0.3
Weighted Mean2.60.80.848032.93215365.3131.434.364.710.90.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20193731161042411842640.3321.404.535.188.83.99.01.30.0
20203831154037361638540.3331.414.495.148.83.99.21.20.0
20213931153036351537540.3281.384.515.168.73.79.21.20.0
20224031155037371638540.3311.424.505.158.93.99.21.20.0
20234121147033331532540.3361.474.675.359.14.18.81.4-0.1
20244221149034331433540.3321.404.585.248.83.78.81.3-0.0
20254321145031311330440.3331.434.615.289.13.88.81.2-0.0
20264421147032321431540.3321.444.645.319.03.98.71.4-0.0
20274521146032321431540.3331.454.675.359.14.08.81.4-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Francisco Cordero 2011 2.58
2 88 Jim Brewer 1974 3.20
3 87 Michael Gonzalez 2014 0.00 DNP
4 87 Tom Gordon 2004 2.31
5 87 Barney Schultz 1963 3.73
6 87 Trever Miller 2009 2.06
7 86 John Hiller 1979 5.45
8 86 Billy Taylor 1998 4.56
9 86 Kyle Farnsworth 2012 4.33
10 85 Kazuhiro Sasaki 2004 0.00 DNP
11 85 Scott Eyre 2008 3.86
12 84 Kevin Gregg 2014 10.00
13 84 Dennis Cook 1999 3.86
14 83 Damaso Marte 2011 0.00 DNP
15 83 Justin Speier 2010 0.00 DNP
16 83 Gary Lavelle 1985 3.84
17 83 Heath Bell 2014 7.27
18 82 Armando Benitez 2009 0.00 DNP
19 82 Eddie Guardado 2007 7.24
20 81 Arthur Rhodes 2006 5.32
21 81 Rudy Seanez 2005 2.83
22 81 Dan Miceli 2007 0.00 DNP
23 80 Paul Assenmacher 1997 3.12
24 80 Hoyt Wilhelm 1959 2.51
25 80 Octavio Dotel 2010 4.50
26 80 Hisanori Takahashi 2011 4.10
27 80 Dan Plesac 1998 3.96
28 80 Mike Remlinger 2002 2.38
29 79 John Franco 1997 2.70
30 79 Brendan Donnelly 2008 8.56
31 79 Larry Andersen 1989 1.95
32 79 Ryan Madson 2017 1.83
33 79 Rafael Betancourt 2011 3.03
34 79 Guillermo Mota 2010 4.83
35 78 Troy Percival 2006 0.00 DNP
36 78 Jay Howell 1992 1.74
37 78 Ted Wilks 1952 4.50
38 78 Dae-Sung Koo 2006 0.00 DNP
39 78 Neal Cotts 2016 0.00 DNP
40 78 Todd Worrell 1996 3.99
41 78 Hector Carrasco 2006 3.77
42 78 Brian Fuentes 2012 7.20
43 77 Dale Thayer 2017 0.00 DNP
44 77 Tug McGraw 1981 2.66
45 77 Rich Gossage 1988 4.53
46 77 Lee Smith 1994 3.76
47 77 Tim Byrdak 2010 3.72
48 77 Jason Frasor 2014 3.23
49 77 Jim Gott 1996 0.00 DNP
50 77 Ricky Bottalico 2006 0.00 DNP
51 77 Gene Garber 1984 3.82
52 77 Tom Henke 1994 3.79
53 77 Rollie Fingers 1983 0.00 DNP
54 77 Tippy Martinez 1986 5.62
55 77 Kiko Calero 2011 0.00 DNP
56 77 Doug Jones 1993 4.85
57 76 Ron Mahay 2007 2.69
58 76 Joe Borowski 2007 5.35
59 76 Steve Farr 1993 4.21
60 76 Stu Miller 1964 3.43
61 76 Mike Lincoln 2011 0.00 DNP
62 76 Jeff Montgomery 1998 5.62
63 76 Chad Durbin 2014 0.00 DNP
64 76 Jim Mecir 2006 0.00 DNP
65 76 Shingo Takatsu 2005 5.20
66 76 Randy Myers 1999 0.00 DNP
67 75 Koji Uehara 2011 2.35
68 75 Jason Grilli 2013 2.70
69 75 Joel Peralta 2012 3.76
70 75 Ron Villone 2006 5.38
71 75 Yoshinori Tateyama 2012 10.06
72 74 Fernando Rodney 2013 3.65
73 74 Steve Hamilton 1971 3.02
74 74 Jamie Walker 2008 7.34
75 74 Nolan Ryan 1983 3.39
76 74 Joaquin Benoit 2014 1.66
77 74 Tim Worrell 2004 4.14
78 74 Matt Thornton 2013 4.57
79 74 Moe Drabowsky 1972 3.86
80 74 Hideki Okajima 2012 0.00 DNP
81 74 Chad Qualls 2015 4.38
82 74 Bob Wickman 2005 2.47
83 74 Mike Stanton 2003 4.96
84 74 Joey Eischen 2006 11.05
85 74 Dave Smith 1991 6.00
86 74 Buddy Groom 2002 1.60
87 73 Lindy McDaniel 1972 3.04
88 73 Rafael Soriano 2016 0.00 DNP
89 73 Luis Arroyo 1963 13.50
90 73 Bobby Shantz 1962 2.99 DNP
91 73 Shawn Camp 2012 3.71
92 73 Alejandro Pena 1995 5.20
93 73 Alan Embree 2006 3.61
94 73 Bob Locker 1974 0.00 DNP
95 73 Dave Veres 2003 4.68
96 73 John Bale 2010 0.00 DNP
97 73 Ricardo Rincon 2006 10.80
98 73 Joe Nelson 2011 0.00 DNP
99 72 Greg Swindell 2001 4.53
100 72 Jose Mesa 2002 3.09

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .227 .313 .357 .247
11 vs R (Multi) .259 .371 .403 .288
18 Split (Multi) -.032 -.058 -.045 -.041
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .233 .337 .384 .260
31 vs R (2016) .269 .388 .403 .287
38 Split (2016) -.036 -.051 -.019 -.026
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 In the town of Blue Hill, Maine, there is a Twinkie. Shrouded by glass, it remains in outward appearance today exactly as it did on a fateful afternoon in 1976, when a chemistry teacher first encased it in an ultimately futile effort to teach his students about the violence of decay. Perhaps if he had attempted the experiment in this millennium, he would have instead opted for Perez’s left arm as his test subject. Fifteen years after first breaking into the majors, and five since his merciful conversion to full-time relief, the southpaw can still spin a slider that misses big-league bats. Yet much like that ill-fated Twinkie, the pitch—along with the rest of Perez’s arsenal—is a lot less appealing nowadays under the surface. You can bet he’ll get another chance next year, though. And likely the year after, and the year after that. Polysorbate 60 is a hell of a drug, but, as Perez can most assuredly attest to, so is being left-handed.
2016 If you take a Stretch Armstrong doll, remove the goo from three of its joints (choice of joints not terribly important) so they just kind of flop around, and teach it to throw left handed, you have basically created the 2015 edition of Oliver Perez. And like that Stretch Armstrong doll, he'll still be around long after we're all gone. Signing with the Nationals means that Mets fans will have to watch him more often than ever in 2016.
2015 For whatever reason, Perez stayed on the open market until March, when Arizona scooped him up to a two-year deal worth less than $5 million. The converted starter posted another stellar season in relief, but not in the conventional sense, as his previously predictable platoon splits reversed dramatically. We could easily write it off as just one of those things, though his knee-high slider command was significantly better against righties, who whiffed on half their swings at this pitch. If he can mix some of his past results against lefties with his newfound success over right-handers, he could turn out to be quite the bargain. That would be in stark contrast to the names people were calling him a few years ago.
2014 Sandy Koufax he ain't, but Perez might just have carved out a career as a left-handed specialist with his last two seasons in Seattle. His overall numbers declined from his excellent 2012, but that drop can be largely attributed to right-handers figuring him outthey hit .256/.323/.463 against him and accounted for 59 percent of his batters faced. Perez held lefties to a .238/.358/.288 line and allowed just two extra-base hits in 80 at-bats. The lack of control is less than ideal for a player charged with getting one out at a time, however, and as such his margin for error in other facets of the game will be slim.
2013 When last we saw Perez, in 2010, he had an 89-mph fastball and threw 57 percent of his pitches for strikes. After a year spent in Double-A with the Nationals, he signed with the Mariners, moved to the bullpen, junked the changeup, and was reborn. He showed off a 93-mph average fastball and 68 percent strikes in the majors in 2012. Its hard to draw many conclusions from 30 innings, and harder still from the splits within. But his control did dissolve a bit after August 1, and his effectiveness against righties is propped up by a BABIP plunge. Still, theres certainly enough heat on Perezs fastball and tilt on his slider to project an effective bullpen lefty. Hes only 31, if you can believe it.
2012 Signing with the Nats after getting released by the Mets in March might have seemed like a good idea for Oliver Perez, but an attempt at a mechanical makeover was hampered by a midseason lat injury.
2011 Johnny Mercer was wrong: sometimes an immovable object just doesnt give, no matter how much force you apply. Confronted with the problem of a pitcher who was utterly ineffective, the Mets begged Perez to look for himself on a minor-league walkabout. Their entreaties were dashed like waves breaking across a rocky shoal. The problem was that in this case the shoal was being paid $12 million. A case of patella tendinitis came to their rescue, though the timing of the diagnosis, coming just after Perezs refusal to be sent down, provoked an investigation by the commissioners office.Too much of an extreme fly-ball pitcher for even Citi Field to contain, Perez still strikes out an above-average number of hitters, an incredible feat for the limited time he spends in the strike zone. Only 29, Perez may yet find his way back to respectability, but such moments have been islands in a sea of annoyingly poor performances (picture the bloated Perez floating face down in a sea of moldy Cool Whip). Perez is due one more check from the Mets, a $12 million monument to Omar Minayas gullibility.
2010 A free agent coming into the 2009 season, Perez had a well-established reputation for being a capricious, mutable pitcher, Cy Young on Monday, Cy Schwartz on Friday. So which team was silly enough to give him a big deal? Why, the Mets of course, as if Perez's inconsistent ways hadn't already driven them insane. (Maybe that's why they did it.) After he turned down a three-year, $30 million offer, the Mets upped the ante to $36 million. Perez responded by showing up to camp horribly out of shape, claiming to be fatigued after participating in the World Baseball Classic. The regular season began disastrously, with Perez walking 21 batters in 21 2/3 innings with a 9.97 ERA in his first five starts, soon followed by a two-month DL stint due to knee tendinitis, a mercy which gave Perez a chance to try and fix his mechanical issues. Things weren't really much better upon his return, and Perez was added to the surgical rolls in August, undergoing a procedure to clean up scar tissue from his patella. Even when healthy, he's rarely worth $12 million a year, and there's little reason to expect that to change now.
2009 While he ended up with league-average numbers, the mercurial Perez took his own wild way getting therehe led the majors in walks, and went as deep as seven innings in just seven starts. He also posted the lowest G/F ratio of any qualifying starter (0.67). Balls in the air are less likely to go for hits than grounders, so Perez has a greater ability to suppress BABIP than the average pitcher, meaning his .276 mark from 2008 is not as flukish as might first be presumed. After taking over as pitching coach mid-season, Dan Warthen had him pitch from the center of the rubber; from that point forward Perez posted a 3.42 ERA and 2/1 K/BB in 110 2/3 innings.
2008 Perez showed some of his old form last year, bringing to mind his first full season in Pittsburgh when he was one of the more intriguing young arms around, but overall he was maddeningly inconsistent. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in 16 of his 29 starts, but allowed five or more runs in nine others. Perez' mechanics have a lot of working parts, and the team is stuck with the difficult choice often faced with pitchers like this: If you straighten him out, does he lose his at-times dominating stuff?
2007 It could be that the answer to the Oliver Perez mystery is that 2004 was just a massive fluke. Set that one season aside and you have a pitcher who has posted a career 4.89 ERA. The consensus is that Perez`s stuff is just fine, but his approach to pitching is poorly conceived. He pitches up in the zone despite poor control and the result is a lot of walks and home runs. When behind in the count, Perez would rather challenge a hitter with a fastball down the middle than try to work out of trouble some other way. The hitters know this, so when a Perez Special comes down the pike, they don`t miss. Pittsburgh, being baseball`s most expert franchise at not knowing anything, wasn`t able to help Perez find a better way. Lending credence to the notion that Perez might find salvation in Queens is that, though he continued to be gamahuched as a member of the Mets, he was significantly better. From September 1 through and including the postseason, Perez`s line was 40 1/3 innings, 40 hits, 13 walks, 39 strikeouts, and a 4.50 ERA. That`s the good; the bad and the ugly are the eight homers he allowed over that span.
2006 What could`ve possibly been a bigger buzzkill for Pirates fans than their putative ace`s lost season, having Increase Mather show up at happy hour? Perez followed up his stellar 2004 with a disastrous 2005. Perez took last winter off, and the Pirates theorized that his indolence left him without any command by the time the games mattered. Ironically, they had previously worried about Perez doing too much winter work. This year they went for the middle ground, with Perez doing some strictly limited pitching in the Mexican Pacific League. Perez also needs to work on his maturity, as he missed more than two months with a self-inflicted broken toe, the result of kicking a laundry cart into submission. Still, as bad as things were, keep in mind that Perez is still only 24 and has 571 strikeouts in 515.2 career innings. If he has ironed out his mechanical issues and gets his power fastball/slider mix back in gear, he could add to those K totals.
2005 Downright Langstonesque, in that like Mark Langston, Perez can dominate, and like Langston, he's a tremendous talent starting off with a lousy team. Unlike Langston, Perez isn't blessed with tremendous durability. For now Perez's closest PECOTA comparables are guys like Juan Pizarro, Pete Falcone, and a little lower down, Frank Tanana. McClendon did a good job of watching Perez's workload, which is encouraging. Near-term, you can expect more of the same; the NL Central isn't quite the slaughterhouse for lefty pitching it used to be when McGwire and Sosa and the Killer B's ruled the roost. There are still concerns about his delivery, making Littlefield's unwillingness to give Perez a multi-year deal this winter prudent, but prudence with a potentially huge price tag if Perez has another year like '04.
2004 Perez throws a ton of pitches in a normal year, and elected to spend part of his winter throwing more in the Mexican League. Teams have less control over this than you would think; they can suggest that a player sit out winter ball, but they can't actually stop him from playing. Perez can deal, but the load on his arm to date makes him a candidate to get hurt in the next 18 months. He'll come back and be a star in his mid-20s.
2003 I had seen notes that showed Perezs fastball at 90 mph, but it sure looked better than that to me. He supports it with a tremendous changeup and tight curveball, giving him three quality pitches to work with. Perez is mature beyond his years in terms of working hitters with speed changes; somewhere, his changeup against Reggie Sanders just hit the glove. San Diego might be the only club with better and younger front-line starting pitching than Oakland. These guys are that good.

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2015-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)Is Oliver Perez going to get in this game? I seem to remember him getting a big out last time he pitched in a playoff game.
(OmarM from Flushing)
And he has three outfielders that can go and get it over the fence now! - JP (AL Wild Card Game Chat)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are a few of your favorite players this season? (MLB or minor)
(Batpoet from San Diego)
Hi Batpoet, always good to see my Twitter friends here; glad you could join us! At the big-league level, I have a fondness for guys who attended my alma mater or who I saw play a lot in the minors. That would include A.J. Griffin, Oliver Perez, Kyle Blanks, Headley. Current minor leaguers? Austin Hedges, who I look forward to watching at Lake Elsinore. And of course, Billy Hamilton, who is just so disruptive. I doubt I'll ever get tired of watching him play. (Geoff Young)
2011-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much are you rooting for Omar Minaya to be the financial representative of MLB that needs to sign off on the Dodger's decisions until the ownership situation is resolved? Would that be the greatest thing ever, or simply great?
(Marc from Inside Your Internets)
Which is a more wasteful way to spend Dodger money, on an estate in Cape Cod or on Oliver Perez? Hmm. (Neil deMause)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Word from Gammons is the Mets would eat about $10 million of Beltran's last year to move him to Boston, or take $10 million of bad contracts in return, like maybe Daisuke. What do you think?
(Colin Jaffe from New Jersey)
I just wrote about acquiring Magglio Ordonez or Josh Willingham for left field at Red Sox Beacon, but Beltran would be a fine fit as well. His defense is diminished, but he would be playing in left anyway, and it would open up a rotation spot for Boston to either (A) put Felix Doubront in or (B) acquire a starting pitcher to fill out their rotation. It also helps the Mets, as someone like Matsuzaka gives them starting pitcher depth at a good price--Dice-K makes $2M less than Oliver Perez, and is far, far superior--in a park and league where his stuff should play better than at Fenway. It would be win-win, if that's the case. (Marc Normandin)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have $5 million to spend and you're Mets GM. Who do you get?
(Liam from Whippleville, NY)
Jorge de la Rosa? Rid of Oliver Perez? $5 million would cover almost half of the sunk cost remaining on his deal. Hey, there must be some more former GMs on the market. Would $5 million be enough to entice Billy Beane to Queens? Might as well get the whole gang back there. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Carlos Beltran be on the Mets next season? What about Oliver Perez or Luis Castillo?
(Steve from CA)
It's an impossible question to answer until we know who the GM is and if he can persuade the Wilpons to swallow a lot of money in bad contracts (i.e. Perez and Castillo). (John Perrotto)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc: Thanks for the chat. The Mets. Tyler Kepner in an article in the NYT this morning says, basically, the pitching is fine and up to a pennant race, it's run support that has doomed the Mets. (Defense isn't that great either.) We have certainly seen their inability to hit for Santana, who has lost three in a row recently because the team can't plate runs for him. And injuries don't tell the whole tale. Do you see this in the numbers? Is it mostly (home) park effects? This team was not, I think, built correctly to score runs at Citifield. Does your view of the numbers bear this out?
(BeplerP from New York City)
The offense isn't good, as you say. They have a .255 TAv, which is five points below the league average. So it isn't necessarily bad, but it's no better than the Athletics or the Indians, neither of which is known for their lineup. A couple of things: not playing Pagan every day, not having a healthy Beltran from day one, Jason Bay being concussed and not having a chance to redeem his seaso and Jose Reyes deciding walking isn't cool anymore put a dent in an offense that should have been much better. They were capable of being an 85-90 win team if things broke right for them, but they have had more go wrong than right.

That's not to say they are without blame of course--there were a lot of risky players on the roster (Oliver Perez, Jeff Francoeur)--but the lineup was designed to succeed at Citi. The problem was losing a lot of OBP sources that would have helped them in a park designed to help pitchers. Let's not get into how Jerry Manuel handled it though. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know you lean toward the Yankee side of town, but what's next for the Mets? The core of Wright-Reyes-Beltran-Santana brought them only one deep playoff run. Put on your Omar hat for a second: Blow it up? Build around Wright/Reyes?
(Gino Felino from Brooklyn)
I won't put on my Omar hat because if I owned the Mets, Omar wouldn't have a head, which is to say that I'd probably make a change based on the Luis Castillo deal alone, never mind Oliver Perez. Castillo was an easy first-guess mistake, Perez probably had some chance of working out, not a good one, but a chance. Signing Jason Bay just to seem like they were doing something despite the poor fit was also a predictable misfire, and the panting pursuit of Bengie Molina just pathetic. In fairness to Minaya, we really don't know how much he's dancing on ownership's string, and it does seem pretty likely that all that Madoff business affected the club in some way. The farm system has been dead, and that's a big problem... If you "blow it up" but keep Wright and Reyes (which they should), what do you really have to trade? (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)More likely to show up at a baseball game this season: Oliver Perez or Amelia Earhart? My HackingMass team would like to know.
(ekanenh from capitol city)
Amelia Earhart always had better control than Perez. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)what are the chances of Oliver Perez returning to 1-1.5 WAR respectability?
(escapeNihlism from Ithaca, New York)
For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter (@tommy_bennett), I am a big facial hair booster. In that regard, I think this past offseason has done quite a bit to boost Ollie's value. More pragmatic considerations suggest greater caution, but I think one win ought to be in reach this year. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does this make sense for the Mets and Cubs? Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano to the Mets for Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Fernando Martinez.
(Matt from Whippleville, NY)
It might work for the Mets, but there's no way it works for the Cubs. Perez is even more dubious as assets go than the Big Z, and Castillo's somebody only the Mets were willing to afford. Put Milton Bradley in Soriano's place, however, and maybe you make Jim Hendry fidget about personal wish fulfillment. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-24 16:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the your last unfiltered spot - it really helped clarify some thing for me. My question is in reference to a potential sim league (Diamond Mind) transaction but am curious as to your thoughts for the sake of MLB. Howie Kendrick for Jon Sanchez. Who gets the better end of this deal for the rest of the year? Rest of the player's careers?
(JM from Tucson)
Let me ask you this... if Sanchez didn't throw a no-hitter, would there be this hype? Bud Smith and Anibal Sanchez have also thrown no-hitters. Sanchez has talent but I really do fear his career takes the Oliver Perez route instead of the Matt Cain route. I'd need to know more about the league, like who you have in the infield and your staff but I do want to impart not to overrate Sanchez because he threw a no-hitter. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Met fan, I would have gladly overpaid Derek Lowe by $2m a year to avoid overpaying Perez by $10M a year. You could just watch Boras box the Mets in on Perez during the offseason, and it was painful. He knew the Mets would give Perez a deal because they "had" to at that point.
(dantroy from davis)
The rest of the Mets front office should have staged an elaborate ruse to trick Minaya into thinking he signed Perez when he had not, just to have him quit the negotiations. Just have one of your other employees walk into the office with a fake mustasche (Boras doesn't have one, but this will distract Minaya long enough for the deed to be done) and claim to be Scott Boras with an offer Minaya can't refuse.

That or call Minaya's house in the middle of the night claiming to be Boras, and then say that Oliver Perez now hates you and won't sign for anything less than 30% of team ownership, 50% of net beer sales and a pony. The downside is that there's a small chance Minaya would still go for it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a lifetime Met fan. Is it my imagination-- or has Omar Minaya been doing a horrible job as GM and it's all just coming to roost this year?
(sturock from Brooklyn)
I really like Omar personally and it's hard to truly judge the Mets because they have so many key injuries. However, their lack of depth is glaring and I'll never understand Oliver Perez at three years and $36 million. So, yet, I would say it's come home to roost and his job could be on the line if they end up under .500. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Seems to me that under almost any injury-recovery circumstance that occurs, the Mets are better off with hold-and-pray rather than trying to deal for one or two starters to try to salvage the season. I suppose if 4 of their 6 key DL residents (Beltran, Reyes, Maine, Perez?) return right after the ASB and are effective they might wish they had reinforcements, but more likely a trade is an expensive fool's errand. Yes?
(mglick0718 from Oakland)
I still think they're better off tying to find a starting pitcher who might help for the stretch run, because I don't think they can count on Livan Hernandez or John Maine, let alone Oliver Perez; that sounds like an October rotation that gets beat. So they can hold-and-pray, sure, but I'd rather they tried to do the most they might with their opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)How likely is it Jonathan Sanchez is the new Oliver Perez?
(beta461 from SF)
Matters do seem to be making that sort of turn, don't they? Even so, we might say the same about Andrew Miller after consecutive bad outings. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does it make me a bad person for rooting for Oliver Perez extra hard because I own his jersey?
(Pat Andriola from Tufts)
No, but it does suggest you occasionally suffer from poor judgment in picking the thing up in the first place. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any concern with Oliver Perez, who was throwing his fastball in the mid 80's over the weekend?
(John from NH)
None, really. Every pitcher goes through this. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is the Mets new field facing the same direction, ie how will the winds change?
(Steve from San Diego)
I just got this question the other day about the new Yankees stadium - does everybody have wind on the brain, or are you just trying to decide where to put Oliver Perez on your draft lists?

Home plate at Shea faced due east, at Citi it'll be more northeast. However, I think the bigger effect will be the ballpark shape: Shea was an open-ended C, so the wind off Flushing Bay tended to whip around the curve of the stands and freeze everyone to death, even on nights in mid-May when it was perfectly pleasant that day and who would have thought to bring a jacket? (Not that I have personal experience of this or anything.) Citi is more enclosed in the outfield, so the wind patterns will likely be affected, but how I couldn't even begin to guess.

What I'm seriously wondering about is whether the flight patterns at LaGuardia are remaining the same, and if so what that will mean for airplane flyovers. Those planes you would see out beyond the outfield at Shea are going to make quite the racket if the new stadium is 1000 feet closer to the flight path. (Neil deMause)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will we look back on 2009 as a lost opportunity for the Mets? Speaking specifically about not picking up another corner OF and apparently thinking that signing Tim Redding and Freddy Garcia's corpse is improving the rotation.
(Jason from NY)
It would complete the trilogy of lost opportunities, wouldn't it? Another one would pretty much make the Mets something like the new Red Sox in terms of historic fold-ups and inflicted agony in a major metropolitan area, no? I'm not busted up over Redding or Garcia--like Jay Jaffe pointed out earlier in his column today, that's not bad for a fifth starter selection--I'm more concerned that Oliver Perez and John Maine aren't consistent enough to flesh out the front four. Add in the faith in Church, the overvaluing of Snyder, going high on Luis Castillo... there's plenty to regret, but Omar's taste in fifth starters wouldn't be one of them. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance that Daniel Murphy would be able to play second base if the Mets gave him a chance there? The kid's got an incredible work ethic and although he doesn't have too much athleticism, he does have a lot of minor league infield experience. He wouldn't be that much worse than Dan Uggla... would he?
(dtrainmets from NYC)
The people who saw him in limited time in Arizona said that he can't play the position. I might run him out there occasionally, say when Johan Santana or Oliver Perez is pitching and the opponent starts a righty, but he can't stay out there every day. The Mets have some tradition of doing this--Kevin Mitchell played some shortstop behind Sid Fernandez back in the day to get an extra bat in the lineup. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Mets planning on signing a starter? Santana Pelfrey Maine seems like only 3 guys to me.
(Mike from Queens)
Not to mention there are reasons to worry about what the future holds for Pelfrey and Maine, and I'm not a big Niese believer. I think if they want to be serious about their shot at the NL East--and their investment in the pen makes it clear that they think they are so far--they have to sign a starter, ideally one who's a bit more reliable than Oliver Perez. Keep in mind that Omar's been busy, however, and can't be everywhere at once--they'll add a starter in January. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're a GM this offseason and looking for a starter but want to stay out of the CC sweepstakes, whom among these three would you go after: Sheets (great but fragile), Dempster (one year wonder?), or Burnett (headcase but put up great numbers pitching in AL East)? Am I missing someone?
(deadmonkeyhead from CA)
Among possible free agents? Oliver Perez should have some really big upside to the manager or pitching coach who believes he can get 10% more consistency out of him. Don't know if there really is such an animal, but I bet someone will want to try. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea why the Mets weren't able to get any of the players they were looking at?
(TLivingston from Sonoma, CA)
I don't think the Mets were looking very hard, for better or worse. They seem convinced that Fernando Tatis is for real, that they'll get Ryan Church back at some point, that the rotation will magically hold together despite John Maine's cuff strain, Mike Pelfrey's innings limit, Pedro Martinez's assorted ailments, Oliver Perez's volatility and all that.

I'm not sure I want to bet against all of that by sitting on my hands, but as a team that can afford to take on salary, they have some mobility during the waiver trading period. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)After apparently coming into his own, Gio Gonzalez just took another step back recently with yet another poor AAA performance. Gio Gonzalez = Oliver Perez? Hard-throwing erratic lefties who can either be lights out out any given day or chalk up a 2/3 of an inning 7 runs line just as easily.
(dtrainmets from NYC)
Not the worst comparison on the surface, but Gonzalez has that cosmic bender and I've never heard attitude issues. Perez was a terror when he was in Indy, not disruptive, but just didn't care. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Mets trade: Oliver Perez, Eddie Kunz Cardinals trade: Ryan Ludwick, Bryan Anderson
(skiier94 from NY)
No. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Oliver Perez for Anthony Reyes?
(WhatDude77 from Roslyn, NY)
Done. (Dayn Perry)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know he was touted a bit for his strikeout rates in the minors and I was a big fan of him at the time but his couple of years bouncing between the bigs and AAA and the rotation and the bullpen seemed to have dropped him off the radar - with his hot start this year what do you think of the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez? Flash in the pan or a legitimate #3 behind Lincecum and Cain going forward?
(Jake from S.F.)
I think I got off the bandwagon at the wrong time, and I should have known better. The comment in BP2K8 was mine, describing how the Giants completely mishandled him the last few years. Great live arm, tremendous stuff, some command issues. He might always battle the control and be a high-variance guy, but that makes him, what, Oliver Perez? That plays. Bad on me for jumping off. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't put much stock in spring stats, but John Maine has looked dominant this spring. Is this something the Mets should be excited about?
(chuckstein17 from Long Beach, NY)
Well, it's something to feel good about, certainly. If Maine and Oliver Perez prove to be solid contributors behind Johan Santana, Pedro becomes gravy to some extent. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pick one out of the three for next year. Ted Lilly, Oliver Perez, or Phil Hughes?
(Steve from St. Louis)
Ooh, that's such a tough question. I expect Perez to have the best starts, but probably also the worst ones. Ted Lilly should pick up a bunch of wins and strike out a lot of hitters, and Phil Hughes could be the most average or the most productive.

I'll get back to you. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets have got to be kidding me that they're going into the season with this rotation, right? Or are they planning to exhume Terry Leach's corpse to round out the staff?
(ElAngelo from Brooklyn, NY)
I was expecting a Bruce Berenyi sighting, actually. It's definitely a pretty dodgy unit, because I don't think anybody should take the '07 seasons of Maine and Oliver Perez as proof that they'll be just fine going forward. That's why I think they need to be taken seriously in the Johan sweepstakes, although it would be pretty amusing if they wound up one Milledge short of being able to swing the deal, just because Omar Minaya was obsessed over the marginal differences between Brian Schneider and Johnny Estrada. (Christina Kahrl)


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