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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
39.0 3.36 1.09 36 2 2 0 0.7
Birth Date8-30-1978
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age37 years, 10 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
6.12012
8.22013
1.52014
2015
0.72016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2002 CLE MLB 2 2 10.3 6 8 6 0 .266 108 5.2 7.0 0.0 5.2 38% .200 .193 1.35 4.22 1.74 118 6.46 -0.1
2003 CLE MLB 9 9 52.3 41 20 44 7 .264 94 7.1 3.4 1.2 7.6 40% .248 .238 1.17 4.41 3.61 96 4.82 0.5
2004 CLE MLB 33 33 179.0 188 81 161 30 .260 104 9.5 4.1 1.5 8.1 34% .304 .276 1.50 5.08 5.43 105 4.50 2.5
2005 CLE MLB 32 32 202.0 194 52 143 22 .260 100 8.6 2.3 1.0 6.4 36% .277 .246 1.22 3.82 3.79 99 3.69 4.1
2006 CLE MLB 33 33 200.7 224 58 129 29 .260 108 10.0 2.6 1.3 5.8 34% .296 .258 1.41 4.77 4.40 112 4.27 3.4
2007 CLE MLB 20 16 97.3 112 36 66 17 .265 99 10.4 3.3 1.6 6.1 37% .300 .290 1.52 5.55 6.29 114 4.96 0.8
2008 CLE MLB 31 31 223.3 214 34 170 12 .258 103 8.6 1.4 0.5 6.9 46% .301 .212 1.11 2.86 2.54 77 2.99 6.3
2009 CLE 0 22 22 152.0 165 33 107 10 .257 101 9.8 2.0 0.6 6.3 46% .318 .241 1.30 3.30 3.14 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PHI 0 12 12 79.7 80 10 74 7 .260 96 9.0 1.1 0.8 8.4 40% .312 .244 1.13 2.79 3.39 0 0.00 0.0
2010 SEA 0 13 13 103.7 92 6 89 5 .263 99 8.0 0.5 0.4 7.7 41% .283 .208 0.95 2.13 2.34 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TEX 0 15 15 108.7 103 12 96 11 .256 111 8.5 1.0 0.9 8.0 43% .292 .225 1.06 2.96 3.98 0 0.00 0.0
2011 PHI MLB 32 32 232.7 197 42 238 18 .257 92 7.6 1.6 0.7 9.2 49% .291 .220 1.03 2.57 2.40 64 2.46 7.2
2012 PHI MLB 30 30 211.0 207 28 207 26 .255 99 8.8 1.2 1.1 8.8 46% .309 .241 1.11 3.17 3.16 72 2.71 6.1
2013 PHI MLB 31 31 222.7 193 32 222 22 .258 105 7.8 1.3 0.9 9.0 47% .287 .220 1.01 2.80 2.87 68 1.89 8.2
2014 PHI MLB 13 13 81.3 100 12 72 7 .255 98 11.1 1.3 0.8 8.0 51% .358 .288 1.38 2.93 3.65 84 3.36 1.5
2009 TOT MLB 34 34 231.7 245 43 181 17 .258 99 9.5 1.7 0.7 7.0 44% .316 .242 1.24 3.13 3.22 81 3.29 5.9
2010 TOT MLB 28 28 212.3 195 18 185 16 .259 105 8.3 0.8 0.7 7.8 42% .288 .217 1.00 2.55 3.18 67 2.21 7.5
CareerMLB3283242156.721164641824223.2591018.81.90.97.642%.298.2411.203.473.52853.2254.0

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 G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2000 CPF A 11 11 44.7 50 36 63 1 .000 10.1 7.2 0.2 12.7 0% -.490 .000 1.92 3.38 5.23
2001 JUP A+ 21 20 109.7 78 46 129 13 .000 6.4 3.8 1.1 10.6 0% -.346 .000 1.13 3.64 2.79
2002 CLE MLB 2 2 10.3 6 8 6 0 .266 108 5.2 7.0 0.0 5.2 38% .200 .193 1.35 4.22 1.74
2002 AKR AA 3 3 16.7 11 10 18 1 .000 5.9 5.4 0.5 9.7 0% .238 .000 1.26 3.78 5.39
2002 HAR AA 15 15 86.3 61 23 105 12 .000 6.4 2.4 1.3 11.0 0% .251 .000 0.97 3.39 3.23
2002 BUF AAA 8 8 43.0 36 22 30 7 .000 7.5 4.6 1.5 6.3 0% .242 .000 1.35 5.41 3.77
2003 CLE MLB 9 9 52.3 41 20 44 7 .264 94 7.1 3.4 1.2 7.6 40% .248 .238 1.17 4.41 3.61
2003 KIN A+ 1 1 4.3 0 3 4 0 .000 0.0 6.3 0.0 8.4 0% .000 .000 0.70 3.35 0.00
2003 AKR AA 2 2 12.0 7 4 13 1 .000 5.2 3.0 0.8 9.8 0% .214 .000 0.92 3.19 1.50
2003 BUF AAA 11 11 63.3 62 31 61 4 .000 8.8 4.4 0.6 8.7 0% .324 .000 1.47 3.84 3.27
2004 CLE MLB 33 33 179.0 188 81 161 30 .260 104 9.5 4.1 1.5 8.1 34% .304 .276 1.50 5.08 5.43
2005 CLE MLB 32 32 202.0 194 52 143 22 .260 100 8.6 2.3 1.0 6.4 36% .277 .246 1.22 3.82 3.79
2006 CLE MLB 33 33 200.7 224 58 129 29 .260 108 10.0 2.6 1.3 5.8 34% .296 .258 1.41 4.77 4.40
2007 CLE MLB 20 16 97.3 112 36 66 17 .265 99 10.4 3.3 1.6 6.1 37% .300 .290 1.52 5.55 6.29
2007 KIN A+ 1 1 2.0 1 0 4 0 .268 99 4.5 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .333 .172 0.50 -0.73 0.00
2007 AKR AA 1 1 5.0 2 1 7 0 .255 98 3.6 1.8 0.0 12.6 18% .182 .169 0.60 1.07 0.00
2007 BUF AAA 8 8 41.0 32 25 50 1 .260 99 7.0 5.5 0.2 11.0 46% .292 .231 1.39 2.96 3.51
2008 CLE MLB 31 31 223.3 214 34 170 12 .258 103 8.6 1.4 0.5 6.9 46% .301 .212 1.11 2.86 2.54
2009 CLE MLB 22 22 152.0 165 33 107 10 .257 101 9.8 2.0 0.6 6.3 46% .318 .241 1.30 3.30 3.14
2009 PHI MLB 12 12 79.7 80 10 74 7 .260 96 9.0 1.1 0.8 8.4 40% .312 .244 1.13 2.79 3.39
2010 SEA MLB 13 13 103.7 92 6 89 5 .263 99 8.0 0.5 0.4 7.7 41% .283 .208 0.95 2.13 2.34
2010 TEX MLB 15 15 108.7 103 12 96 11 .256 111 8.5 1.0 0.9 8.0 43% .292 .225 1.06 2.96 3.98
2010 TAC AAA 1 1 6.0 3 0 4 0 .258 85 4.5 0.0 0.0 6.0 44% .188 .085 0.50 2.25 0.00
2011 PHI MLB 32 32 232.7 197 42 238 18 .257 92 7.6 1.6 0.7 9.2 49% .291 .220 1.03 2.57 2.40
2012 PHI MLB 30 30 211.0 207 28 207 26 .255 99 8.8 1.2 1.1 8.8 46% .309 .241 1.11 3.17 3.16
2013 PHI MLB 31 31 222.7 193 32 222 22 .258 105 7.8 1.3 0.9 9.0 47% .287 .220 1.01 2.80 2.87
2014 PHI MLB 13 13 81.3 100 12 72 7 .255 98 11.1 1.3 0.8 8.0 51% .358 .288 1.38 2.93 3.65
2014 CLR A+ 3 3 10.7 13 2 8 1 .254 99 11.0 1.7 0.8 6.8 58% .324 .302 1.41 3.95 5.06

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 3236 0.5779 0.4917 0.8202 0.6048 0.3367 0.8647 0.7109 0.1798
2009 3505 0.5695 0.4907 0.8308 0.6333 0.3022 0.8726 0.7149 0.1692
2010 2968 0.6028 0.5061 0.8196 0.6423 0.2994 0.8581 0.6941 0.1804
2011 3400 0.5797 0.4682 0.7776 0.5779 0.3170 0.8191 0.6733 0.2224
2012 3087 0.5688 0.4817 0.7929 0.6116 0.3103 0.8510 0.6416 0.2071
2013 3253 0.5509 0.4875 0.7919 0.6189 0.3265 0.8548 0.6457 0.2081
2014 1271 0.5334 0.4508 0.8133 0.5693 0.3153 0.8964 0.6417 0.1867
Career207200.5720.48510.8060.61160.31540.8560.67820.194

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
2014-08-01 2014-09-29 60-DL 59 53 Left Elbow Strain Flexor Mass -
2014-05-19 2014-07-21 60-DL 63 57 Left Forearm Strain Flexor Pronator Strain for 3 Weeks - -
2013-07-22 2013-08-04 DTD 13 11 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-06-14 2013-06-18 DTD 4 4 - Fingers Blister - -
2012-04-19 2012-05-09 15-DL 20 19 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-02-22 2012-03-06 Camp 13 0 - Abdomen Soreness - -
2011-02-01 2011-02-01 Off 0 0 Left Trunk Strain Side -
2010-09-23 2010-09-23 DTD 0 0 Right Face Laceration Ear From Splintered Bat -
2010-03-26 2010-04-29 15-DL 34 22 Right Abdomen Strain Lower Abdominal -
2010-02-05 2010-02-05 Off 0 0 Left Foot Surgery Bone Spur 2010-02-08
2008-09-24 2008-09-28 DTD 4 4 Neck Soreness -
2007-03-23 2007-05-03 15-DL 41 24 Right Abdomen Recovery From Strain -
2007-03-02 2007-03-23 Camp 21 0 Right Abdomen Strain -
2006-03-16 2006-03-21 Camp 5 0 Left Arm Fatigue -
2005-10-26 2005-10-26 Off 0 0 Groin Surgery Hernia 2005-10-26
2003-10-08 2003-10-08 Off 0 0 Groin Surgery Hernia 2003-10-08
2003-03-30 2003-05-30 60-DL 61 52 Right Abdomen Recovery From Previous Injury Strain - Lower Abdominal -
2003-02-16 2003-03-30 Camp 42 0 Right Abdomen Strain Lower Abdominal -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PHI $25,000,000
2014 PHI $25,000,000
2013 PHI $25,000,000
2012 PHI $21,500,000
2011 PHI $11,000,000
2010 SEA $9,000,000
2009 CLE $6,000,000
2008 CLE $3,750,000
2007 CLE $2,750,000
2006 CLE $406,200
2005 CLE $345,000
2004 CLE $303,200
2003 CLE $300,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$130,355,300
13 yrTotal$130,355,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 100 dDarek Braunecker5 years/$120M (2011-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 5 years/$120M (2011-15), plus 2016 option. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/14/10. 11:$11M, 12:$21.5M, 13:$25M, 14:$25M, 15:$25M, 16:$27.5M club option, $12.5M buyout. Option becomes guaranteed if Lee 1) is not on the disabled list at end of 2015 season with injury to left elbow or left shoulder, and 2) has 200 IP in 2015 or 400 IP in 2014-15. Limited no-trade protection (may block trades to 20 clubs, including all clubs except Atlanta, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, NY Mets, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Washington). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All-Star, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.1M for Cy Young ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd). Philadelphia declined 2016 option 11/3/15.
  • 4 years/$15M (2006-09), plus 2010 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland 8/06, replacing 1 year/$0.4062M deal signed 3/06. $1M signing bonus. 06:$0.75M, 07:$2.75M, 08:$3.75M, 09:$5.75M, 10:$8M club option, $1M buyout. Price of 2010 option increases to: 1) $9M with Cy Young in 2008 (met) or 2009, or 2) $8.75M with 2nd or 3rd in Cy Young vote in 2008 or 2009. Award bonuses: $0.1M for All-Star selection, $0.25M for Cy Young, $0.15M for 2nd or 3rd in Cy Young vote, $75,000 for 4th or 5th in Cy Young vote. Optioned to Triple-A 7/27/07. Recalled 9/1/07. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Cleveland 7/29/09. Philadelphia exercised $9M 2010 club option 11/6/09. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Philadelphia 12/16/09. Acquired by Texas in trade from Seattle 7/9/10 (Mariners to pay about $2.5M of roughly $4.2M left on Lee's contract for 2010).
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/05 (split contract paying $242,600 in minors). Award bonus for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.3032M (2004). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/04 (split contract paying $157,400 in minors). Award bonus for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.3009M (2003). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/03. Optioned to Double-A 5/03. Recalled 6/03. Optioned 7/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Re-signed by Montreal 2/02 (split contract). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Montreal 6/02. Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/02.
  • Drafted by Montreal 2000 (4-105) (Arkansas). $0.275M signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.5 2.4 0 8 8 55.1 43 7 51 5 .273 0.90 2.39 2.6 16.3 1.8
80o 3.1 2.3 0 7 7 49.5 41 7 45 5 .287 0.96 2.72 2.96 12.5 1.4
70o 2.8 2.2 0 7 7 45.5 39 7 42 5 .297 1.01 2.97 3.22 10.1 1.1
60o 2.5 2.1 0 6 6 42.2 38 6 39 5 .305 1.05 3.17 3.45 8.2 0.9
50o 2.3 2.1 0 6 6 39.1 37 6 36 4 .313 1.09 3.37 3.67 6.6 0.7
40o 2.1 2 0 5 5 36.1 35 6 33 4 .321 1.13 3.57 3.88 5.2 0.6
30o 1.9 1.9 0 5 5 33.0 33 6 30 4 .329 1.17 3.79 4.12 3.9 0.4
20o 1.6 1.7 0 4 4 29.4 31 5 27 4 .339 1.22 4.04 4.39 2.6 0.3
10o 1.3 1.5 0 4 4 24.5 27 5 22 3 .352 1.30 4.40 4.78 1.1 0.1
Weighted Mean2.3206638.5366354.3111.083.353.646.60.7

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/27/2016 10:21 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.2 2.4 0 8 8 51.7 43 7 47 5 .266 0.96 2.62 2.78 12.6 1.4
80o 2.8 2.3 0 7 7 46.4 41 7 42 5 .280 1.03 2.93 3.11 9.6 1.0
70o 2.5 2.2 0 6 6 42.6 39 7 39 5 .289 1.08 3.15 3.35 7.7 0.8
60o 2.3 2.1 0 6 6 39.5 38 6 36 5 .298 1.12 3.35 3.56 6.2 0.7
50o 2.1 2 0 5 5 36.6 37 6 33 4 .305 1.16 3.53 3.75 5.0 0.5
40o 1.9 1.9 0 5 5 33.7 35 6 31 4 .313 1.21 3.71 3.95 3.9 0.4
30o 1.7 1.8 0 5 5 30.8 33 6 28 4 .321 1.25 3.91 4.17 2.8 0.3
20o 1.4 1.7 0 4 4 27.4 31 5 25 4 .330 1.31 4.15 4.42 1.7 0.2
10o 1.2 1.5 0 3 3 22.8 27 5 21 3 .344 1.39 4.48 4.78 0.6 0.1
Weighted Mean2205536.0366334.3031.153.513.735.00.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 32% 19% 9% 83%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 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
201738141103232210210351892348.3311.173.463.869.01.58.11.03.7
201839141103333212207331902348.3241.133.403.808.81.48.11.03.9
201940131003030189185311672148.3211.143.503.918.81.57.91.03.3
202041121002929180178301582148.3231.153.583.998.91.57.91.03.0
20214211902626154154251341848.3241.163.624.049.01.57.81.12.6
2022437601717989916841248.3271.183.684.119.11.57.71.11.6
20234476017179910017851248.3251.183.674.109.11.57.71.11.6
2024456501515888915751048.3241.183.694.129.11.57.71.01.4
202546540121269701258848.3241.193.724.159.11.67.61.01.1

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 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
201738131103131197194321792348.3251.153.493.908.91.58.21.13.4
201839131103232205199311832348.3211.123.473.878.81.48.01.03.6
20194011902626157152261401848.3181.133.573.988.71.58.01.02.8
202041131103232211207341862648.3201.143.634.058.81.57.91.13.2
2021428702020121122191041548.3241.173.744.179.11.47.81.11.8
2022436601515909515781248.3341.223.834.289.51.57.81.21.2
20234476017179710016821248.3271.193.794.239.21.57.61.11.4
2024456501414828413711048.3251.183.764.209.21.47.81.11.2
202546330884849841648.3271.203.834.279.31.57.71.10.7

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
25.639.139.418.72310.2145.8

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201525.639.139.418.72310.2145.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Connie Johnson 1960 0.00 DNP
2 87 Mike Mussina 2006 4.01
3 87 Andy Pettitte 2009 4.67
4 85 Ron Guidry 1988 4.50
5 84 Don Sutton 1982 3.46
6 84 Jerry Koosman 1980 4.40
7 83 Roy Halladay 2014 0.00 DNP
8 83 David Wells 2000 4.51
9 82 Bret Saberhagen 2001 6.60
10 81 Dizzy Trout 1952 4.28
11 81 Whitey Ford 1966 4.07
12 81 Steve Carlton 1982 3.47
13 81 John Burkett 2002 4.84
14 81 Hiroki Kuroda 2012 3.52
15 80 Rudy May 1982 3.65
16 80 Virgil Trucks 1954 2.96
17 80 Gaylord Perry 1976 3.34
18 79 Sal Maglie 1954 3.53
19 79 Jim Bunning 1969 4.11
20 79 A.J. Burnett 2014 5.14
21 79 Fergie Jenkins 1980 4.09
22 79 Chuck Finley 2000 4.42
23 78 Ellis Kinder 1952 3.04
24 78 Chris Carpenter 2012 3.71
25 78 Sam Jones 1963 9.82
26 78 Jon Lieber 2007 5.08
27 78 Hisanori Takahashi 2012 5.90
28 77 John Smoltz 2004 2.76
29 77 Bartolo Colon 2010 0.00 DNP
30 77 Darren Oliver 2008 3.00
31 77 Joe Dobson 1954 6.75
32 77 Ted Lilly 2013 5.87
33 77 Bobby Shantz 1963 3.18
34 77 Dennis Martinez 1991 2.84
35 76 Chan Ho Park 2010 5.51
36 76 Jose Contreras 2009 5.88
37 76 Ryan Dempster 2014 0.00 DNP
38 76 Bill Hands 1977 0.00 DNP
39 76 Luis Tiant 1978 3.39
40 76 Elmer Dessens 2008 22.50
41 75 Mike Remlinger 2003 3.91
42 75 Early Wynn 1957 4.76
43 75 Koji Uehara 2012 1.75
44 75 Ron Reed 1980 4.45
45 75 Preacher Roe 1953 4.47
46 75 Al Leiter 2003 4.13
47 75 Rick Aguilera 1999 3.33
48 74 Rick Reuschel 1986 4.42
49 74 Doug Jones 1994 2.33
50 74 Harvey Haddix 1963 3.41
51 74 Carl Pavano 2013 0.00 DNP
52 74 Sonny Siebert 1974 4.44
53 74 Rick Reed 2002 4.26
54 74 Bruce Chen 2014 7.45
55 74 Hoyt Wilhelm 1960 4.22
56 74 Johnny Sain 1955 6.12
57 74 Paul Byrd 2008 4.80
58 73 Mark Hendrickson 2011 5.73
59 73 Joe Hesketh 1996 0.00 DNP
60 73 Pedro Martinez 2009 3.63
61 73 Phil Niekro 1976 3.86
62 72 Dan Plesac 1999 6.09
63 72 Orlando Hernandez 2003 0.00 DNP
64 72 Alan Embree 2007 3.97
65 72 Danny Darwin 1993 3.65
66 72 Freddy Garcia 2014 0.00 DNP
67 72 Curt Schilling 2004 3.34
68 72 Larry Andersen 1990 2.16
69 72 Todd Worrell 1997 5.73
70 72 Brett Tomko 2010 0.00 DNP
71 72 David Cone 2000 7.20
72 71 Roger Clemens 2000 4.14
73 71 Mickey Lolich 1978 1.56
74 71 Jim Kaat 1976 3.76
75 71 Lee Smith 1995 3.47
76 71 Bert Blyleven 1988 5.56
77 71 Joe Nuxhall 1966 4.92
78 71 Kevin Millwood 2012 4.81
79 71 Marv Grissom 1955 2.90
80 71 Charlie Leibrandt 1994 0.00 DNP
81 71 Dennis Leonard 1988 0.00 DNP
82 71 Tug McGraw 1982 4.54
83 71 Kyle Farnsworth 2013 4.93
84 71 Don Mossi 1966 0.00 DNP
85 71 Bob Tewksbury 1998 4.98
86 71 Derek Lowe 2010 4.09
87 71 Trevor Hoffman 2005 3.59
88 71 Esteban Loaiza 2009 0.00 DNP
89 70 Eddie Guardado 2008 4.15
90 70 Woody Williams 2004 4.41
91 70 Steve Hamilton 1972 4.76
92 70 Greg Maddux 2003 4.62
93 70 Nolan Ryan 1984 3.82
94 70 Dick Hall 1968 5.28
95 70 Joe Borowski 2008 7.56
96 70 Tom Henke 1995 1.82
97 69 John Candelaria 1991 4.28
98 69 Alejandro Pena 1996 11.25
99 69 Jamie Walker 2009 5.84
100 69 Earl Wilson 1972 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 The Cliff Lee Era ended on July 31, 2014, in an abbreviated start against the Nationals that revealed that, sometimes, robots are just as human as the rest of us. His remarkable six-year peak from 2008 to 2013 provided baseball fans with a reinvented strike-throwing machine who worked effortlessly and expediently. Lee won over the notoriously difficult-to-please Philadelphia fans almost from the outset, and the club has perhaps never had a more celebrated free-agent signing than when the lefty was brought back into the fold prior to the 2011 season. Six years feels like too short a time to have spent with Prime Lee, but at least he accomplished the feat of spreading those seasons over four different teams. Every fanbase deserves a little Cliff Lee.
2015 The biggest danger in giving a 32-year-old pitcher a five-year deal is that the risk for injury grows exponentially with each passing year. Lee was one of the sturdiest pitchers in the game from 2008 through 2013, with just a couple of brief DL stints and 30-plus starts in all but one year (28 in 2010). The math caught up: A pair of elbow injuries limited him to just 81 innings in 2014, and cast doubt over his future, which includes a $25 million salary this year. His 3.65 ERA last year was a seven-year high, though his FIP didn't change—it just got pummeled by a .358 BABIP, 60 points beyond his career figure and unaccompanied by any increase in line drive or home run frequency. He still walked almost nobody; his strikeout rate was healthy, albeit his lowest in a half-decade. But pitchers like Lee, who produce elite K:BB ratios by always being around the plate, can get hit hard when the stuff fades, and it won't be a surprise if the FIP is a lagging indicator. Hope not. Baseball is better when he's healthy.
2014 Lee's strike rate is always around 71 percent, as it was last year; his swinging strike rate is always around 14 percent, as it was last year; his FIP is always around 2.80, as it was last year. But for all that consistency, Lee will occasionally rip off a few weeks that stand out. In September, he struck out 54 and walked one in 39 innings, spanning five starts. Overall in 2013, he went at least eight innings in 13 of 31 starts, topping Clayton Kershaw’s 12 and Adam Wainwright’s 10 for most in baseball. Lee, who has two years remaining on his five-year deal with the Phillies, told local media in September that he'll retire at the end of that contract. That will make it even harder for the Phillies to acknowledge that he might have the most value to them as trade bait.
2013 Lee would probably rather hear someone’s bad-beat poker story than any of his fellow pitchers griping about being saddled with a no-decision after a well-pitched outing. Merriam-Webster needs a new phrase for what Lee went through in 2012 because “bad luck” is insufficient to describe his 15 no-decisions. As strong as ever, Lee paced all of baseball with a 7.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.2-per-nine walk rate while continuing a five-year incremental gain in velocity. Lee's fine-wine transformation makes the $75 million he is guaranteed over the next three years a lot more palatable for the Phillies, as even a downturn in velocity won’t rob him of his effectiveness. His game is built on the movement of the sinker, not the speed of it, which is merely a bonus. Lee remains one of the most underrated aces in the game, thanks in large part to sharing a clubhouse with Hamels and Halladay.
2012 See, Ruben? That's how you spend $120 million. WARP suggests Lee was worth a full four wins more than Ryan Howard was last year. Even if Howard manages two or three WARP this season, Lee is a good bet to accumulate at least 10 more wins over the life of his contract than Howard does over the life of his. As for Lee, he looked better than ever last year. He set career highs in strikeouts (his first 200-plus season) and innings pitched, set a new career best in ERA, and racked up six shutouts (more than doubling his career total). His median Game Score was 66, just a notch better than Halladay’s 65, and he did it all while making it look easy. As easy as spending $120 million can look, that is.
2011 Lee was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 9 in exchange for top prospect Justin Smoak, former first-round pick Blake Beavan, hard-throwing relief prospect Josh Lueke, and minor-league infielder Matt Lawson. As evidenced by the size of the package it took to land him, Lee was the best pitcher ever to wear a Rangers uniform, though his bad back meant that the pitcher the Rangers had traded for was not quite the pitcher they received. Still, his post-season heroics made him a legend in a state where baseball legends begin and end with Nolan Ryan. Armed with an above-average four-pitch mix and pristine control, Lee posted one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios by a starting pitcher in baseball history, striking out 10.3 hitters for every free pass bestowed. Lee's acquisition gave the Rangers the ace that the franchise had sorely lacked, but he spurned their winter overtures in favor of a five-year stint in Philadelphia, where he'll make up one quarter of the majors' most imposing rotation. He took what appeared to be a lesser deal than those on the table from the Rangers and Yankees, but the deal is still rather substantial as far as yearly pay-out goes. As for the teams he spurned, Lee may retain ace-level value for a few years, but in the long run they will be thankful they escaped a six- or seven-year commitment.
2010 Lee may have been left off of the Indians' playoff roster in 2007, but after winning the Cy Young Award in 2008 and proving that year was no fluke with a similarly dominant 2009, that he's still undervalued makes little sense. After the Phillies acquired him for four mediocre farmhands, Lee led the team to their third straight division title before putting together an exceptional playoff run. As it became clear he would be asking for full market value as a free agent after 2010, the Phillies literally changed horses, dealing top prospects for Roy Halladay and then swapping Lee to the Mariners to restock their system, only they acquired prospects of the same mediocre ilk they'd given up to bring him aboard. Lee is going to form a potent one-two punch with Felix Hernandez in Seattle, but he could have been part of an incredibly dominant trio with Halladay and Hamels in Philly. If the club falls short in 2010, management should be prepared to explain why a two-time pennant-winner couldn't afford to carry an extra ace for a single season.
2009 With regards to pure shock value of a performance, Lee's season ranks in the top percentile all-time, as he became the first pitcher in baseball history to post a sub-3.00 ERA in 200 innings a year after having a 6.00-plus mark in over 50. He allowed a total of five runs and four walks in his first seven starts of the year, in the process becoming the only pitcher since the dawn of game-log data in 1956 to throw three straight games with at least eight innings, three or fewer hits, no more than one walk, and at least eight strikeouts. The dream was expected to end at any moment, but it never did: Lee maintained his superb control and kept hitters in the ballpark, while the Indians kept scoring runs to support their unlikely ace, so that by year's end he had posted the fifth-best winning percentage in American League history. Lee's tremendous season can't be deemed a BABIP-fueled fluke, as his .302 mark was almost exactly league average. The veteran's success stemmed from a league-low walk rate as well as a rise in groundball tendency. Always a fastball pitcher who put his outfielders to work, Lee's G/F ratio rose from 0.76 entering 2008 to 1.38, his homer rate fell from 1.3 to a league-leading 0.5, and he induced 27 double-play grounders. The Cy Young was well deserved, and while it will most likely end up being the only one on his career mantle, Lee should settle down as one of the better AL starters.
2008 Cliff Lee's extreme fly-ball rate always flirted with danger, and when danger flirted back last summer it seemed to shatter Lee's confidence. He still has the same stuff that made him successful in the past, but he'll need to learn to trust it again. Rumors have had him on the trading block, but they might have been generated by his agent, who wants to see his client get another rotation job and another payday.
2007 Lee was pretty bad in 2004 and awfully good in 2005. Any sensible projection will say that the median performance we saw in 2006 is the real deal. That performance is a bit misleading, however, as Lee was a particular victim of the club`s lack of a quality middle-inning fireman. In the middle four months of 2006, nearly half of Lee`s quality starts were blown by the bullpen after the sixth inning (five of 12, in 23 starts overall). His ability to get back to where he was in 2005 will play a major part of the Indians` chances in 2007, but his career-high rate in hits allowed and career-low strikeout rate in 2006 leave us less than optimistic.
2005 Lee, one of three Cleveland pitchers to make more than 30 starts, saw his performance—pardon the pun—fall off a cliff in the second half, going 5-7 with an ERA of 7.91 after a sterling 9-1, 3.77 ERA in the first half. His pre-All-Star performance was more in keeping with his minor league record than what came after. Part of the problem was a predilection for launching fly balls that was borrowed from either Scott Elarton or NASA. The rest was fatigue, as Lee was so successful that he threw just 30 fewer innings in the first half than he had in all of 2003. For what it's worth, he finished the year with consecutive quality starts against Kansas City and Minnesota. Perhaps, then, the nightmare is over, but the "dead arm" of the second half does merit concern.
2004 Lee strained his abdomen in camp, losing an early shot at a job in the rotation, and eventually required hernia surgery after the season. As you can see, once he was able to pitch, he didn't spend the year marooned in Buffalo. He's almost El Sid-like in his ability to beat people without blazing heat. Although he does get up over 90, it's his delivery, movement, and slider that combine to make him such a challenge to make contact against. He could wind up anywhere between Steve Trout and Fernandez, either merely succeeding or flat-out torching the league, but it'll be fun to see which way he goes, starting this year.
2003 Mmmmmmm...left-handed. Lee has a variety of brutal pitches, from different fastballs he runs into the low 90s, a deceptive changeup that’s just off 80, and two sweet breaking pitches, and he can throw all four for strikes. Which is not to say that he does throw them for strikes...but it happens. Lee is pure stuff at this point, with his control coming and going. He’s a guy who could find consistent command and be a great pitcher, or he could be one of the majors’ flakiest starters and would still be a guy I’d buy a ticket, and a OSHA-approved hardhat, to go see. With at least two rotation slots open, he has a shot to win a big league job in camp, and he’ll have one before the season’s out.
2002 The Expos want their mound prospects to induce contact early in the count so that they learn to trust their stuff. Even with that instruction, Lee posted the best strikeout rate of any starter in the Florida State League, showing how tough he is to hit. Lee has the highest ceiling of any lefty in the Expos' system; consistent success is just a matter of repeating his delivery.

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Cliff Lee threw 22,612 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Change (84mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph) and Curve (75mph). He also rarely threw a Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (81mph).