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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 572 681.3 42 47 79 4.16 2.8
Birth Date8-10-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age40 years, 0 months, 12 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2001 TOR MLB 11 11 63.0 5 4 0 63 15 35 6 98 9.0 2.1 0.9 5.0 0% .279 1.24 3.98 4.29 96 4.98 103.2 0.6
2002 TOR MLB 15 10 62.0 1 4 0 78 19 30 14 104 11.3 2.8 2.0 4.4 0% .299 1.56 6.04 6.53 117 6.69 143.6 -0.8
2003 BOS MLB 49 0 59.0 4 6 9 73 19 50 6 105 11.1 2.9 0.9 7.6 0% .342 1.56 3.78 4.12 90 4.34 91.0 0.7
2005 ARI MLB 32 0 29.3 0 2 14 44 10 17 6 107 13.5 3.1 1.8 5.2 0% .349 1.84 5.71 6.44 111 6.17 132.8 -0.2
2006 ARI MLB 68 0 69.3 2 4 0 68 22 46 7 99 8.8 2.9 0.9 6.0 0% .280 1.30 4.04 3.89 105 5.90 120.1 -0.2
2007 ARI MLB 73 0 74.0 6 4 2 70 22 40 2 104 8.5 2.7 0.2 4.9 0% .281 1.24 3.37 2.68 106 5.16 106.8 0.3
2008 ARI MLB 61 0 59.3 3 5 26 75 13 44 7 99 11.4 2.0 1.1 6.7 0% .338 1.48 3.81 4.70 100 5.03 107.2 0.2
2009 DET MLB 65 0 78.7 6 5 3 56 31 57 7 103 6.4 3.5 0.8 6.5 0% .226 1.11 4.10 2.86 101 4.03 86.5 1.0
2010 HOU MLB 79 0 78.0 6 6 20 68 31 54 2 92 7.8 3.6 0.2 6.2 0% .272 1.27 3.35 3.12 100 4.24 95.9 0.6
2011 HOU MLB 15 0 13.3 3 3 4 27 5 6 4 102 18.2 3.4 2.7 4.1 0% .411 2.40 7.11 11.48 112 6.05 140.5 -0.2
2012 HOU 0 37 0 36.0 0 2 0 37 11 35 3 100 9.3 2.8 0.8 8.8 0% .330 1.33 3.35 3.25 103 4.19 96.0 0.3
2012 TOR 0 30 0 25.0 4 0 1 19 9 28 2 102 6.8 3.2 0.7 10.1 0% .266 1.12 3.04 2.88 104 3.57 81.8 0.4
2013 NYN MLB 37 0 34.3 2 2 0 43 13 23 3 97 11.3 3.4 0.8 6.0 0% .351 1.63 3.95 4.98 96 4.23 101.2 0.2
2012 TOT MLB 67 0 61.0 4 2 1 56 20 63 5 101 8.3 3.0 0.7 9.3 0% .000 1.25 3.22 3.10 103 3.94 90.2 0.6
CareerMLB57221681.3424779721220465691019.52.90.96.145%.2991.384.084.161034.94106.32.8

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.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2000 QUE A- NYP 15 13 60.3 5 3 0 43 6 55 1 6.4 0.9 0.1 8.2 0% -.677 0.81 2.24 2.39 0 0.00 0.0
2001 TOR MLB AL 11 11 63.0 5 4 0 63 15 35 6 98 9.0 2.1 0.9 5.0 0% .279 1.24 3.98 4.29 96 4.98 103.2
2001 TEN AA SOU 9 9 58.7 5 0 0 57 9 45 7 8.7 1.4 1.1 6.9 0% -.820 1.12 3.67 3.68 0 0.00 0.0
2001 SYR AAA INT 11 11 68.3 5 3 0 68 10 53 7 9.0 1.3 0.9 7.0 0% -.871 1.14 3.38 3.69 0 0.00 0.0
2002 TOR MLB AL 15 10 62.0 1 4 0 78 19 30 14 104 11.3 2.8 2.0 4.4 0% .299 1.56 6.04 6.53 117 6.69 143.6
2002 SYR AAA INT 14 14 75.7 4 9 0 99 19 35 4 11.8 2.3 0.5 4.2 0% .336 1.56 3.72 5.11 0 0.00 0.0
2003 BOS MLB AL 49 0 59.0 4 6 9 73 19 50 6 105 11.1 2.9 0.9 7.6 0% .342 1.56 3.78 4.12 90 4.34 91.0
2003 PAW AAA INT 5 0 8.3 0 0 0 7 2 7 1 7.6 2.2 1.1 7.6 0% .250 1.08 3.89 3.25 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TUC AAA PCL 6 3 8.3 2 3 0 15 4 4 3 16.3 4.3 3.3 4.3 0% .364 2.29 8.69 15.18 0 0.00 0.0
2005 ARI MLB NL 32 0 29.3 0 2 14 44 10 17 6 107 13.5 3.1 1.8 5.2 0% .349 1.84 5.71 6.44 111 6.17 132.8
2005 TUC AAA PCL 5 4 5.0 0 1 0 5 0 4 0 97 9.0 0.0 0.0 7.2 0% -1.250 1.00 1.91 5.40 80 3.22 63.6
2006 ARI MLB NL 68 0 69.3 2 4 0 68 22 46 7 99 8.8 2.9 0.9 6.0 0% .280 1.30 4.04 3.89 105 5.90 120.1
2007 ARI MLB NL 73 0 74.0 6 4 2 70 22 40 2 104 8.5 2.7 0.2 4.9 0% .281 1.24 3.37 2.68 106 5.16 106.8
2008 ARI MLB NL 61 0 59.3 3 5 26 75 13 44 7 99 11.4 2.0 1.1 6.7 0% .338 1.48 3.81 4.70 100 5.03 107.2
2009 DET MLB AL 65 0 78.7 6 5 3 56 31 57 7 103 6.4 3.5 0.8 6.5 0% .226 1.11 4.10 2.86 101 4.03 86.5
2010 HOU MLB NL 79 0 78.0 6 6 20 68 31 54 2 92 7.8 3.6 0.2 6.2 0% .272 1.27 3.35 3.12 100 4.24 95.9
2011 HOU MLB NL 15 0 13.3 3 3 4 27 5 6 4 102 18.2 3.4 2.7 4.1 0% .411 2.40 7.11 11.48 112 6.05 140.5
2011 OKL AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .286 1.00 3.78 0.00 115 5.71 116.6
2012 HOU MLB NL 37 0 36.0 0 2 0 37 11 35 3 100 9.3 2.8 0.8 8.8 0% .330 1.33 3.35 3.25 103 4.19 96.0
2012 TOR MLB AL 30 0 25.0 4 0 1 19 9 28 2 102 6.8 3.2 0.7 10.1 0% .266 1.12 3.04 2.88 104 3.57 81.8
2013 NYN MLB NL 37 0 34.3 2 2 0 43 13 23 3 97 11.3 3.4 0.8 6.0 0% .351 1.63 3.95 4.98 96 4.23 101.2
2013 PAW AAA INT 4 0 5.3 0 0 2 5 1 3 0 8.4 1.7 0.0 5.1 0% .278 1.13 2.63 1.69 100 4.96 107.7
2014 SLC AAA PCL 20 0 17.7 0 6 0 33 8 9 0 16.8 4.1 0.0 4.6 0% .429 2.32 4.20 4.08 102 8.11 171.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 955 0.5215 0.4880 0.8283 0.6466 0.3151 0.8882 0.6944 0.1717
2009 1149 0.4891 0.4813 0.7884 0.6121 0.3560 0.8866 0.6268 0.2116
2010 1208 0.4172 0.4892 0.7919 0.6726 0.3580 0.8761 0.6786 0.2081
2011 278 0.4640 0.4496 0.8400 0.6744 0.2550 0.8851 0.7368 0.1600
2012 965 0.4238 0.4705 0.7533 0.6504 0.3381 0.8722 0.5851 0.2467
2013 557 0.4488 0.4596 0.7930 0.6640 0.2932 0.8494 0.6889 0.2070
Career51120.46010.47830.79340.64910.33310.87760.65650.2066

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
2011-06-14 2011-09-29 60-DL 107 95 Right Shoulder Surgery Biceps Tendon and Labrum Tear 2011-06-30
2011-05-05 2011-06-09 15-DL 35 32 Right Shoulder Strain Partially Torn Rotator Cuff with Biceps Tendinitis -
2011-03-20 2011-03-26 Camp 6 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-07-26 2010-07-28 DTD 2 2 General Medical Allergic Reaction -
2010-02-09 2010-03-18 Camp 37 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Drained Cyst 2010-02-09
2005-05-13 2005-08-13 60-DL 92 81 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2004-03-24 2004-10-04 60-DL 194 162 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2004-03-23
2003-07-31 2003-09-01 TradedDL 32 30 Right Elbow Recovery From Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear and Flexor Mass Strain - -
2003-07-24 2003-07-31 15-DL 7 7 Right Elbow Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear and Flexor Pronator Fraying -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ANA $
2013 NYN $750,000
2012 HOU $5,500,000
2011 HOU $5,250,000
2010 HOU $4,250,000
2009 DET $4,250,000
2008 ARI $3,125,000
2007 ARI $1,500,000
2006 ARI $830,000
2005 ARI $330,000
2004 HOU $330,000
2003 BOS $309,500
2002 TOR $221,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$26,645,500
12 yrTotal$26,645,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 71 dBarry Meister1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 2/11/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2013). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/8/13. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 40, 45, 50, 55 games. $0.125M each for 60, 65 games. $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. Roster bonuses: $0.1M each for 1, 30, 60, 90 days on Major League roster. $0.125M each for 120, 150 days. DFA by NY Mets 7/5/13. Released 7/9/13. Signed by Boston as a free agent 7/19/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 8/1/13 after exercising opt-out clause.
  • 3 years/$15M (2010-12). Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/11/09. 10:$4.25M, 11:$5.25M, 12:$5.5M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Houston 7/20/12.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2009). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 1/23/09. Performance bonuses (deferred without interest until 3/2011): $50,000 for 30 GF. $75,000 each for 35, 40 GF. $0.1M each for 45, 50, 55 GF. Award bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.125M (2008). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2007). Re-signed by Arizona 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.83M (2006). Re-signed by Arizona 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2005). Re-signed by Arizona 1/05. $0.17M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2004). Signed by Arizona.
  • 1 year/$0.3095M (2003). Re-signed 3/03. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Boston 7/22/03. Acquired by Boston in trade from Pittsburgh 7/31/03. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Boston 11/03 (Curt Schilling deal).
  • 1 year (2002). Claimed by Boston off waivers from Toronto 10/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Contract purchased by Toronto 8/01.
  • Drafted by Toronto 1999 (14-433) (Dixie State College, Utah).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Given the volatility of the closers role in baseball, are there a few players you feel may emerge as dark horses during season or maybe even during upcoming spring training? I have seen the cubs fujikawa and a few names in Houston thrown around. Any others you feel may become somewhat relevant or just like in general granted some current closers fail? Thanks Jason!
(joe from CA)
Gregerson, Rex Brothers, Brandon Lyon, Jim Henderson, Al Alburquerquequequque (Jason Collette)
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just recently made a trade in one of my fantasy leagues. I get Mark Melancon and Brandon Lyon, but I give up Rick Porcello. I plan to have Melancon and Lyon replace Matt Guerrier and Phil Coke, and I will replace Porcello with James McDonald. Thoughts?
(Big Bob from Cleveland)
My first thought is that the Yankees might like to have Melancon right about now. Sounds like a plan to me, though I know the fantasy cognoscenti always say it's easy to find saves. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the answer. Bad contracts for Dombrowski? Dontrelle Willis 3-yr/$29M. Nate Robertson 3-yr/$21M. Jeremy Bonderman 4-yr/$38M (I did favor that deal though at the time). Pudge R a $13M option picked up for no apparent reason. Guillen as you noted. He had some real clunkers. I like the guy on the whole...but he created some of the problems they face currently...it wasn't all bad luck.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
Yes, those were questionable, except for Bonderman. I would still argue that overall he deserves a solid grade. I'll say something else in his favor: he hasn't blown any money on Chan-Ho Park, or players like Chan Ho. He signed Brandon Lyon for one year, then let Ed Wade sign him for three. Now, the bullpen has been a weakness for the Tigers at times, so you can argue about this, but I would say it's better to stay cheap than to take blind shots in the dark. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)Pursuant to Carlos's question about Matthews, I would like to know if you think any deal from this year is just that headscratching bad. I mean, few are as terrible as Matthews's deal was, but does anything come close?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Brandon Lyon, just because of the silliness of giving a middle reliever a three-year deal. Fernando Rodney,just because of the silliness of giving a Fernando Rodney a two-year deal. Garret Atkins, because the Orioles already had a fat, slow, pseudo-corner-guy with a huge platoon split who hits into lots of DPs. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Reds were shopping Cordero, how much salary would they need to pick up to receive anything of value in return? It seems like he'd be a great fit in either bullpen in NY -- or possibly Philly.
(Rick from Chicago)
Think of it this way - if Brandon Lyon, who has similar skills, could be had for $4.25 mil or so without costing major league talent in a trade, then the Reds would likely have to eat $8-9 mil to make a deal like that worthwhile. Of course, if Lyon-esque relievers are snagged and a desperate team needs bullpen help the Reds could always offer to pay 1/3 of his salary and get away with it. But the Phillies, currently paying Brad Lidge $12 mil/yr, are not likely to acquire another high-priced relief arm. And the Yankees have a great pen without much need for Cordero. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay .... thanks for the chat! Do you think the Tigers have their own version of the "Joba Rules" for Verlander and Porcello, and that's why we didn't see Verlander for an inning late in last night's "all hands on deck" game?
(dianagramr from NYC)
I don't think so, but I do think that Jim Leyland did a lousy job of managing his pitching staff last night. Then again, when all you've got is one errant pitch from Brandon Lyon or Fernando Rodney standing between you and the offseason, then some of the blame also falls on the GM for not getting you the right parts.

Having said that, I think the Tigers have done a fantastic job of handling Verlander and Porcello, getting a greater number of useful innings out of both at young ages without injury than, say, the Yankees have out of their blue chip youngsters. On the other hand, Jeremy Bonderman is something of a cautionary tale from the same organization. Sometimes they just get hurt.

Verlander's beyond the "Injury Nexus" window, so the "rules" don't apply to him in the same way they apply to an under-23 pitcher. Bringing him into last night's game is something Leyland might have considered, but remember, the kid's thrown over 500 pitches over his last four starts, and may not have a lot of gas in the tank coming back under such circumstances. (Jay Jaffe)


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