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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
22 2795 .233 .282 .327 68 21.0
Birth Date6-3-1975
Height6' 0"
Weight250 lbs
Age44 years, 6 months, 6 days
BatsR
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
1999 CHN 24 10 21 5 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 .263 .333 .316 80 -0.5 0.8 0.2 0.1
2001 ANA 26 15 42 10 3 0 2 3 8 0 0 0 .270 .325 .514 85 -0.6 1.0 0.4 0.3
2002 ANA 27 29 81 19 3 0 0 5 15 0 0 2 .271 .312 .314 81 -1.5 -0.6 2.1 0.4
2003 ANA 28 53 123 21 4 0 0 1 26 3 0 0 .184 .210 .219 44 -8.3 0.8 4.4 0.2
2004 ANA 29 73 218 53 10 2 3 10 52 0 4 1 .261 .296 .374 64 -9.6 0.5 16.0 1.7
2005 ANA 30 75 203 42 4 0 6 13 41 2 2 0 .228 .286 .348 78 -5.4 -0.2 6.7 1.0
2006 ANA 31 78 245 54 17 0 4 9 49 2 1 0 .240 .273 .369 64 -10.2 -3.2 13.8 1.2
2007 ANA 32 40 131 28 8 0 0 3 30 0 2 1 .224 .242 .288 58 -6.6 -0.4 11.3 1.0
2007 NYA 32 29 71 21 5 0 1 2 13 0 0 0 .318 .333 .439 58 -3.6 -1.5 0.8 -0.1
2008 NYA 33 100 297 58 17 0 3 12 52 6 0 0 .216 .263 .313 62 -13.2 0.8 35.8 3.7
2009 NYA 34 52 155 30 4 0 1 14 28 1 0 0 .217 .292 .268 79 -3.5 -0.5 16.7 2.0
2010 TOR 35 57 183 41 4 0 6 9 36 5 1 0 .246 .304 .377 83 -3.3 -2.2 19.2 2.3
2011 TOR 36 55 191 48 12 1 3 15 44 1 2 1 .281 .342 .415 84 -3.2 -1.0 9.2 1.4
2012 TBA 37 102 274 56 9 0 8 20 60 2 3 1 .223 .286 .355 79 -6.6 -3.0 22.9 2.7
2013 TBA 38 99 313 66 14 0 2 22 63 2 2 1 .233 .290 .304 67 -10.9 -0.4 18.9 2.2
2014 TBA 39 80 247 40 2 0 0 14 55 2 3 0 .178 .230 .187 49 -13.4 -1.9 13.2 0.9
Career947279559211733915457626207.233.282.32768-100.2-11.0191.421.0

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 DAY A+ FSL 3 9 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 PEO A MDW 78 290 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DAY A+ FSL 82 273 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 ROK A MDW 96 355 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DAY A+ FSL 0 194 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 ORL AA SOU 0 113 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 IOW AAA AA 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 WTN AA SOU 0 355 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHN MLB NL 10 21 .253 .329 .428 .333 100 -1 0.6 0.4 80 11 0.2 0.8 -0.5 0.1
1999 WTN AA SOU 0 37 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA PCL 0 264 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 IOW AAA PCL 0 271 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB AL 15 42 .274 .343 .434 .296 99 0.4 1.3 0.8 85 21 0.4 1.0 -0.6 0.3
2001 SLC AAA PCL 61 235 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ANA MLB AL 29 81 .248 .314 .402 .333 93 -2.3 2.3 1.4 81 10 2.1 -0.6 -1.5 0.4
2002 SLC AAA PCL 79 315 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ANA MLB AL 53 123 .272 .336 .432 .236 98 -14 3.3 2.2 44 14 4.4 0.8 -8.3 0.2
2004 ANA MLB AL 73 218 .272 .336 .438 .338 103 -10.8 6.5 3.9 64 14 16.0 0.5 -9.6 1.7
2005 ANA MLB AL 75 203 .261 .319 .411 .263 97 -6 5.8 3 78 14 6.7 -0.2 -5.4 1.0
2006 ANA MLB AL 78 245 .271 .332 .430 .287 103 -13.7 7.4 4.4 64 15 13.8 -3.2 -10.2 1.2
2007 ANA MLB AL 40 131 .277 .339 .434 .295 101 -10.7 3.9 2.4 58 11 11.3 -0.4 -6.6 1.0
2007 NYA MLB AL 29 71 .266 .338 .417 .377 102 0.8 2.1 1.3 58 11 0.8 -1.5 -3.6 -0.1
2008 NYA MLB AL 100 297 .263 .330 .419 .255 104 -19.8 8.6 5.1 62 11 35.8 0.8 -13.2 3.7
2009 NYA MLB AL 52 155 .268 .334 .433 .264 109 -10.3 4.5 2.5 79 12 16.7 -0.5 -3.5 2.0
2009 TRN AA EAS 3 10 .259 .322 .371 .000 78 -1.3 0.3 0 49 0 0.0 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2009 SWB AAA INT 2 5 .254 .333 .382 .250 96 0.2 0.1 0.1 106 0 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2010 TOR MLB AL 57 183 .263 .328 .415 .280 112 -6 5.0 2.9 83 10 19.2 -2.2 -3.3 2.3
2011 TOR MLB AL 55 191 .254 .314 .403 .363 107 2.4 5.1 2.6 84 12 9.2 -1.0 -3.2 1.4
2012 TBA MLB AL 102 274 .259 .322 .420 .262 95 -4.3 7.5 4.5 79 12 22.9 -3.0 -6.6 2.7
2013 TBA MLB AL 99 313 .253 .316 .401 .290 96 -12 8.2 4.9 67 12 18.9 -0.4 -10.9 2.2
2013 PUR int WBC 2 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TBA MLB AL 80 247 .252 .310 .389 .233 95 -23.2 6.4 3.9 49 9 13.2 -1.9 -13.4 0.9

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 DAY A+ FSL 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 .143 .333 .143 .000 0 0
1994 PEO A MDW 290 253 31 58 13 1 1 76 33 24 61 4 3 .229 .301 .300 .071 5 5
1995 DAY A+ FSL 273 233 27 55 9 1 1 69 19 29 53 1 0 .236 .336 .296 .060 2 2
1996 ROK A MDW 355 305 35 69 10 1 2 87 27 36 71 2 4 .226 .308 .285 .059 7 7
1997 DAY A+ FSL 194 179 17 45 9 1 0 56 23 14 25 4 0 .251 .309 .313 .061 0 0
1997 IOW AAA AA 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 0 0
1997 ORL AA SOU 113 99 10 17 3 0 1 23 15 12 28 0 1 .172 .274 .232 .061 0 0
1998 WTN AA SOU 355 320 33 71 10 1 2 89 28 32 74 1 5 .222 .299 .278 .056 0 0
1999 IOW AAA PCL 264 240 24 63 11 1 4 88 26 20 54 0 1 .263 .330 .367 .104 0 0
1999 CHN MLB NL 21 19 3 5 1 0 0 6 1 2 4 0 0 .263 .333 .316 .053 0 0
1999 WTN AA SOU 37 35 2 6 3 0 0 9 5 2 14 0 0 .171 .216 .257 .086 0 0
2000 IOW AAA PCL 271 248 22 58 9 0 1 70 17 23 61 1 4 .234 .299 .282 .048 0 0
2001 ANA MLB AL 42 37 8 10 3 0 2 19 4 3 8 0 0 .270 .325 .514 .243 0 2
2001 SLC AAA PCL 235 213 29 64 11 1 5 92 31 14 49 1 2 .300 .340 .432 .131 6 6
2002 SLC AAA PCL 315 290 30 89 14 2 4 119 43 12 60 0 3 .307 .335 .410 .103 7 7
2002 ANA MLB AL 81 70 5 19 3 0 0 22 5 5 15 0 2 .271 .312 .314 .043 2 4
2003 ANA MLB AL 123 114 12 21 4 0 0 25 6 1 26 0 0 .184 .210 .219 .035 1 4
2004 ANA MLB AL 218 203 26 53 10 2 3 76 25 10 52 4 1 .261 .296 .374 .113 0 5
2005 ANA MLB AL 203 184 14 42 4 0 6 64 25 13 41 2 0 .228 .286 .348 .120 0 4
2006 ANA MLB AL 245 225 18 54 17 0 4 83 22 9 49 1 0 .240 .273 .369 .129 2 7
2007 ANA MLB AL 131 125 9 28 8 0 0 36 10 3 30 2 1 .224 .242 .288 .064 0 3
2007 NYA MLB AL 71 66 9 21 5 0 1 29 9 2 13 0 0 .318 .333 .439 .121 1 2
2008 NYA MLB AL 297 268 32 58 17 0 3 84 18 12 52 0 0 .216 .263 .313 .097 3 8
2009 NYA MLB AL 155 138 15 30 4 0 1 37 11 14 28 0 0 .217 .292 .268 .051 1 1
2009 TRN AA EAS 10 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .000 .300 .000 .000 0 0
2009 SWB AAA INT 5 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .500 .250 0 0
2010 TOR MLB AL 183 167 13 41 4 0 6 63 12 9 36 1 0 .246 .304 .377 .132 0 2
2011 TOR MLB AL 191 171 19 48 12 1 3 71 15 15 44 2 1 .281 .342 .415 .135 0 4
2012 TBA MLB AL 274 251 27 56 9 0 8 89 32 20 60 3 1 .223 .286 .355 .131 0 1
2013 PUR int WBC 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2013 TBA MLB AL 313 283 26 66 14 0 2 86 18 22 63 2 1 .233 .290 .304 .071 3 3
2014 TBA MLB AL 247 225 4 40 2 0 0 42 10 14 55 3 0 .178 .230 .187 .009 2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1025 0.5073 0.5415 0.7423 0.6904 0.3881 0.7911 0.6531 0.2577 -0.0014
2009 588 0.5221 0.4796 0.7766 0.6612 0.2811 0.8325 0.6329 0.2234 0.0030
2010 666 0.5300 0.5646 0.7819 0.7422 0.3642 0.8664 0.5877 0.2181 -0.0067
2011 715 0.4979 0.4979 0.7388 0.6517 0.3454 0.8362 0.5565 0.2612 0.0031
2012 959 0.5026 0.5151 0.7692 0.6701 0.3585 0.8514 0.6140 0.2308 -0.0012
2013 1148 0.5192 0.5061 0.7504 0.6711 0.3279 0.8300 0.5746 0.2496 0.0036
2014 916 0.5338 0.5240 0.7750 0.6667 0.3607 0.8620 0.5909 0.2250 -0.0055
Career60170.51570.51920.76040.67820.34950.83670.60170.2396-0.0007

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
2014-08-20 2014-08-23 DTD 3 3 Left Knee Soreness -
2013-05-17 2013-05-18 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-12 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-04-28 2013-04-30 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Contusion - -
2012-09-26 2012-09-30 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-09-18 2011-09-19 DTD 1 1 Left Forearm Contusion Foul Ball - -
2009-05-08 2009-07-08 15-DL 61 55 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-04-14 2008-04-19 DTD 5 5 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-03-06 2005-03-14 Camp 8 0 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2004-05-02 2004-05-07 DTD 5 5 Fingers Soreness -
2003-09-21 2003-09-29 DTD 8 7 Left Shoulder Contusion Foul Ball -
2001-05-21 2001-07-02 15-DL 42 37 Left Thumb Fracture Non-displaced -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TBA $2,750,000
2014 TBA $1,750,000
2013 TBA $1,800,000
2012 TBA $1,500,000
2011 TOR $1,200,000
2010 TOR $800,000
2009 NYA $2,125,000
2008 NYA $1,750,000
2007 ANA $1,250,000
2006 ANA $850,000
2005 ANA $725,000
2004 ANA $335,000
2003 ANA $320,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$17,155,000
13 yrTotal$17,155,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 26 dLevinsons ACES2 years/$4.5M (2014-15)

Details
  • 2 years/$4.5M (2014-15). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 11/27/13. 14:$1.75M, 15:$2.75M. DFA by Tampa Bay 11/20/14. Released 11/24/14.
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2012). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/28/11. 12:$1.5M, 13:$1.8M club option, $0.3M buyout. Tampa Bay exercised 2013 option 10/31/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 2/19/10. 10:$0.8M (on OD roster), 11:$1M club option, $0.2M buyout. Performance bonuses. Toronto exercised $1.2M 2011 option 10/27/10.
  • 2 years/$4M (2008-09). Re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/3/07. $0.25M signing bonus, 08:$0.175M, 09:$2M.
  • 2 years/$2.1M (2006-07). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/06 (avoided arbitration). 06:$0.85M, 07:$1.25M. $0.15M in 2006 bonuses ($25,000 each for 80, 95, 110 starts. $25,000 each for 250, 300, 350 PAs. Escalator for 2007 salary based on 2006 games caught ($1.35M for 65 games, $1.45M for 75 games, $2M for 85 games, $2.25M for 105 games, $2.5M for 115 games). Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from LA Angels 7/21/07.
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2005). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/05 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses ($12,500 each for 235 & 300 PAs).
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2004). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.32M (2003). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Contract purchased by Anaheim 5/01.
  • Signed by Anaheim as a free agent 1/01.
  • Released by Chicago Cubs 11/00.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 1993 (14-390) (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Don't you feel like Cashman is going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat pretty soon too? There is a LOT of offense he is going to have to replace, maybe as soon as next season.
(Adam from NY)
One reason why they need to get creative about working Jesus Montero into the lineup next season and not blocking him off with a veteran DH. Folks assume that Jorge Posada will be the primary DH next year, but (A) I don't think he will hit enough to carry the position, at least not in style, (B) if the replacement is a so-called catch-and-throw guy like Cervelli (who wasn't, at least not this year) or, say, re-signing Jose Molina (I have a bad feeling about that), the loss of offense from behind the plate is going to be a bleeding wound that can't be staunched. The best answer might be a Posada-Montero catcher-DH job share and carry Cervelli as your third catcher. You live with the crappy defense like the Red Sox have lived with it with Martinez and Jason Varitek. (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am attending a game this evening in which the Jays will be employing Jose Molina as their "designated hitter". What historical significance is this likely to have? Should I buy extra seats for my small children?
(statham from Toronto)
Buy them all something to remember the game by, and record every at-bat. Cherish this moment. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay ... thanks for the chat! This is gonna be one interesting Series, and it may come down to which manager makes the fewer mistakes. So, which MANAGER do you take in a seven-game series, assuming they have had the exact same roster?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana! I give the edge to Charlie Manuel here. Over the course of the regular season, Joe Girardi showed considerable improvement relative to his first year at the helm of the Yankees, but he's made numerous mistakes this fall, overmanaging both his bench and his bullpen, getting too attached to small-ball tactics, and creating controversy by starting Jose Molina, who hits about as well as Girardi did with his legs tied together.

Though his unwillingness to separate Utley and Howard in the batting order drives me crazy, Manuel has done a great job of patching together his shaky bullpen in October, he's shown a quick hook when he needed to, and he's stayed out of his own way. Plus he's already got the ring from last year, so the burden of proof is on Girardi to prove he's the better pilot, and I simply don't see it. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Yankees' can't be seriously considering going with Gaudin, right? With his career platoon splits, he'd be killed...do you think Girardi will do a better job in the WS, or will all his worst over managing tendencies come out with NL ball? I'm hoping that by not carrying Cervelli, the Jose Molina experiment is over, but that's probably wishful thinking...
(Eli from Brooklyn)
I don't know how seriously they're considering it, because I have to think a guy who knows the numbers the way Girardi knows the numbers will see what a bad idea that would be given Gaudin's platoon splits and his control woes.

As for Molina... I'm afraid it's beyond the experimental stage. It's the self-defeating part of Girardi's plan. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Obviously it's hard to predict because he is just 26, but are we potentially seeing the greatest catcher of all time (maybe excluding Josh Gibson) in Joe Mauer?
(ssteadman from St. Louis, MO)
Mauer is great, but best catcher of all time is a tall order even for a three-time batting champion, because Johnny Bench was so incredible on both sides of the ball -- his defense made Jose Molina look like Mike Piazza. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-06 13:30:00 (link to chat)So, it was just announced that Jose Molina will be catching AJ Burnett in his postseason starts. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
(nonspin from NY)
Because Joe Girardi holds dear to that archaic belief that certain pitchers can only work well with certain catchers. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Yankees try to make a trade for Chris Iannetta this offseason? As Jorge gets less playing time at C it would be nice to have a better backup option than Jose Molina (who is a free agent anyway) or Cervelli. And the Rockies apparently don't think much of Iannetta since they have benched him for Yorvit.
(Heathcliff from Waterbury, CT)
I'd love to see that happen, but I'm skeptical Colorado is stupid enough to let him get away. Or that Brian Cashman is smart enough to realize he needs a usable backup catcher; that's been a career-long Achilles heel for him as the Yankees' GM. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I wrote you an email that you didn't answer awhile back about the Yankees and planning. I had a pretty good argument going that the Yankees NEEDED to get someone who could help fill in at 3rd on a constant basis (this was during the Ransom days of April). Now ARod looks like he could use some extended days off and the Yankees decided the brilliant solution is another dose of Ransom. Is this not horrible planning?
(seanp from Los Angeles )
I get a lot of mail and I'm admittedly not good at keeping up with it, in part because I seem to be always running behind. I need a nanny... As I said before, it is poor planning, or poor reacting, because this is something the Yankees should have been working on from the moment A-Rod's hip required surgery. There is one major fault with Brian Cashman. He gets a lot of big stuff right, but seems to take a lot of small things for granted. "Sure, we have a 42-year-old catcher who is due for an injury, but he won't break, and if he does, well, Jose Molina will be jusssssst fine." Uh, no. Same thing with A-Rod. "Cody Ransom will pick up the slack and we'll roll on as usual." Wrong again. (Steven Goldman)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Yankees will end up dealing one of their OFs (hopefully Nady)? Any chance they upgrade on the Gardner/Melky and Jose Molina disasters-to-be??
(Eli from Brooklyn)
Nady is the guy they want to move but it seems more teams like Swisher. The sense I get is they could get something for Swisher. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)For all the talk about A-Rod and the CF situation, it seems to me the biggest problem the Yankees face this season is catcher. We know Posada isn't good for a full season, so Jose Molina isn't a backup, he's a co-starter. Shouldn't they be looking to upgrade?
(shamah from NYC)
They should, because just about everything is an upgrade on the Vince DiMaggio of the Flying Molinas. But as with a few too many pinstriped picks, this is a form over substance selection that doesn't really help them any, it's an entirely unnecessary handicap, and for a team that has punted on so many of the little things, an unfortunate addition to that particular litany of failure. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Steve. You've mentioned trading Nady several times in this chat. What are some of the more plausible trades that you see? Do you think the need for a backup catcher supersedes the Yankees getting mediocre pitching prospects in deal?
(Joe from Brooklyn)
With Francisco Cervelli healthy, the Yankees don't seem too invested in acquiring another catcher, which is shortsighted, because there are no guarantees on Jorge Posada, Jose Molina killed them like an assassin in the night, and Cervelli won't hit. I don't know what the market for Nady is, but he should be at the height of his value right now. He'd be a heck of a reserve/250-350 at-bat guy if the Yankees could be disciplined about that, but maybe Nady can do more for them by bringing someone else in trade. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think John might have mixed up Little Big League for Rookie of the Year, which Stern actually directed. And no Daniel Stern list is complete without that great piece of cinematic glory, "Celtic Pride." Any thoughts on the Yanks CF situation? Are you in the camp that thinks they need to go outside of the organization to fill that need?
(Tim from Sonoma, CA)
It depends on how soon Austin Jackson will be coming along. I have a lot of questions about Austin here, about whether he should be playing right now or not. I believe he has some minor physical problems, so I guess not. Also, as bad as Brett Gardner has been, and he's been mighty bad - -7.8 VORP in 99 plate appearances is special - it's almost as bad as what Jose Molina has been able to do in a whole season...

Steve pauses to address technical problems as his mouse refuses to mouse to where it's supposed to...

Trenton is a tough place to hit, and Jackson batted .311/.388/.496 on the road, so he's a bit further along than he looked. Say the physical problems resolve and he plays some good lookin' winter ball (can't recall if he's slated or not), or even if he just comes to spring training and looks good, he could be ready right quickly. I think the Yankees can kite along with Gardner and a fourth outfielder type to be signed later (heck, maybe that's Melky, who can at least field) until Jackson earns his chance. (Steven Goldman)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I thought you were pretty hard on the Yanks in the last TA. With that said, they do have to find a catcher, and it won't be easy. Any theories or recommendations?
(G-MOTA from Bumpus, MA)
I was indeed, basically for dramatic effect, but let's face it, Jose Molina's the current incarnation of bad Bomber backup backstops. What makes it worse is that there are so few options to go out and get to repair the problem, and there are rivals for any catcher available by trade (notably the Marlins). When the prize is someone like Bengie Molina, and the more likely alternatives are guys like Paul Lo Duca or Ramon Hernandez, the magnitude of the problem becomes apparent. The danger is overpaying for a guy like Gerald Laird, but at least he'd be under team control for the next two years. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd like to state for the record that "whiskey-soaked" is one of the top five compound adjectives, right up there with "slime-caked." Also: Will I survive the rest of the season with Jose Molina and Chad Moeller behind the plate every day, or will I need to resort to soaking in my own whiskey?
(Keith from da Bronx)
I suspect you'll be learning all about self-pickling, sad to say. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Sure, he may steal bases, but he's at a 61% success rate at Triple-A, and major league catchers are better at that game. " Are MLB catchers really better at throwing out runners? I understand your point, but maybe major league catchers get more leeway because they can hit (i.e. Piazza, LoDuca, etc.). Most backup players (i.e. Jose Molina, Carlos Ruiz) are usually the better defensive players who just don't hit well. Just a theory.
(Pat from Tufts)
That's a great question, Pat. I talked to Kevin Goldstein about it, and well, we're both unsure. It's not something you can determine with just SB/CS rates, because guys who are trying to learn the ins and outs of stealing are going to go all the time, even when it's not a good idea for them.

For this one scenario though, I'd think that stealing at a 61% rate in Triple-A when you're going often like McCutchen has is a bad thing if you're heading to the majors immediately after. Your question has me wondering about the bigger picture though, for sure. Thoughts, everyone else? (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveOkay, the Phillies representative has arrived. I've been busy atwitter figuring out which actors would play the Phils-Yanks in a movie. Best one so far is Bumblebee Man from the Simpsons as Jose Molina. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneOlinkapo (Inland Empire): Re: .330/.417/.606 for Napoli vs. lefties this season. Whew, it's a shame the Yankees didn't start a lefty today...Hey! Wait a second!

To borrow a word Will just used, it's the tyranny of personal catchers. Mathis is about the same hitter Jose Molina is, but he throws half as well. (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1999 mlb .004 0.3 278 .000 0.0 8 -.004 .000 0.0 0.3 0.2
2001 mlb -.001 -0.1 530 .000 0.0 17 -.050 .004 0.5 0.4 0.4
2002 mlb .010 2.5 933 .001 -0.3 21 -.003 .003 0.0 3.0 2.1
2003 mlb .012 5.1 1510 .000 0.1 22 .005 .002 -0.1 5.0 4.4
2004 mlb .023 15.1 2518 .000 0.1 42 -.040 .001 1.0 17.7 16.0
2005 mlb .008 4.0 2285 .000 -0.3 37 -.120 .003 2.8 7.9 6.7
2006 mlb .019 14.3 2917 .002 -1.7 42 -.064 .007 1.7 16.7 13.8
2007 mlb .019 12.1 2518 .000 0.0 40 -.028 .000 0.7 13.7 12.1
2008 mlb .041 31.7 3433 .000 -0.4 69 -.084 .006 3.9 35.0 35.8
2009 aaa .000 0.0 25 .000 0.0 1 .007 .000 0.0 0.9 0.0
2009 mlb .042 17.3 1734 .002 -1.1 29 -.008 .001 0.1 16.7 16.7
2009 aax .000 0.0 65 .000 0.0 1 .009 .000 0.0 0.8 0.0
2010 mlb .044 21.4 2231 .005 -2.8 30 -.054 .004 1.1 20.6 19.2
2011 mlb .032 13.1 1994 .004 -2.7 34 .000 -.003 0.1 11.5 9.2
2012 mlb .039 26.9 3214 .003 -2.8 55 -.018 .001 0.6 24.0 22.9
2013 mlb .030 22.5 3398 .003 -2.1 68 -.005 .005 0.2 20.9 18.9
2014 mlb .026 16.0 3095 .003 -2.3 47 .006 .004 -0.2 13.6 13.2

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