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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 39)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
34.3 4.17 1.44 27 2 1 2 0.2
Birth Date5-11-1975
Height6' 3"
Weight245 lbs
Age39 years, 5 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.62010
0.32011
-0.12012
2013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1999 DET 24 20 0 19.0 0.0 19.0 2 2 0 0 0 0 91 19 7 7 2 31 18 16 0 19 3.32 5.41 4.50 2.7 0.3
2000 TEX 25 56 0 77.3 0.0 77.3 1 2 0 3 0 0 365 87 51 46 11 145 48 45 4 49 5.35 5.82 6.31 -1.2 -0.1
2001 TEX 26 3 0 2.3 0.0 2.3 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 3 1 1 0 3 2 1 0 1 3.86 4.81 4.37 -0.1 -0.0
2002 TEX 27 39 0 45.3 0.0 45.3 2 0 10 2 0 0 177 33 12 9 2 46 13 12 2 41 1.79 2.82 3.73 10.4 1.0
2003 TEX 28 73 0 82.7 0.0 82.7 5 8 15 10 0 0 352 70 33 27 4 92 38 32 2 90 2.94 3.00 3.32 22.5 2.2
2004 TEX 29 67 0 71.7 0.0 71.7 3 4 49 5 0 0 304 60 19 17 1 75 32 30 1 79 2.13 2.51 2.74 26.2 2.6
2005 TEX 30 69 0 69.0 0.0 69.0 3 1 37 8 0 0 302 61 28 26 5 93 30 28 4 79 3.39 3.18 3.09 21.2 2.1
2006 MIL 31 28 0 26.7 0.0 26.7 3 1 16 2 0 0 112 20 5 5 2 33 16 15 0 30 1.69 3.63 2.74 6.7 0.6
2006 TEX 31 49 0 48.7 0.0 48.7 7 4 6 9 0 0 210 49 27 26 5 73 16 15 3 54 4.81 3.48 4.06 11.1 1.1
2007 MIL 32 66 0 63.3 0.0 63.3 0 4 44 7 0 0 261 52 23 21 4 75 18 17 1 86 2.98 2.18 2.37 23.2 2.3
2008 CIN 33 72 0 70.3 0.0 70.3 5 4 34 6 0 0 307 61 28 26 6 90 38 35 3 78 3.33 3.75 4.27 8.0 0.8
2009 CIN 34 68 0 66.7 0.0 66.7 2 6 39 4 0 0 276 58 21 16 2 73 30 28 0 58 2.16 3.06 3.55 10.1 1.0
2010 CIN 35 75 0 72.7 0.0 72.7 6 5 40 8 0 0 316 68 32 31 5 95 36 35 2 59 3.84 3.95 4.43 4.5 0.6
2011 CIN 36 68 0 69.7 0.0 69.7 5 3 37 6 0 0 274 49 20 19 6 79 22 22 3 42 2.45 3.98 4.27 3.1 0.3
2012 HOU 37 6 0 5.0 0.0 5.0 0 3 0 3 0 0 32 13 11 11 2 23 4 3 1 5 19.80 9.34 7.53 -1.5 -0.2
2012 TOR 37 41 0 34.3 0.0 34.3 3 5 2 3 0 0 160 48 24 22 7 76 14 11 1 26 5.77 5.49 5.29 0.4 0.0
Career8000824.70.0824.7475332976003551751342310641102375345277963.383.653.93147.414.7

Advanced

'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 FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1995 FAY A 4 4 20.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 JAM A- 15 14 88.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FAY A 2 1 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 JAM A- 2 2 11.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WMI A 50 0 54.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 LAK A+ 1 0 0.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 JAX AA 17 0 16.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 20 0 19.0 4.50 113 .300 .275 .345 .435 .263 .327 98 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
1999 JAX AA 47 0 52.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 56 0 77.3 6.31 81 .289 .269 .342 .434 .262 .300 99 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2000 OKL AAA 3 0 4.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 Esc Wnt 11 0 8.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 3 0 2.3 4.37 103 .262 .262 .340 .436 .274 .333 92 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2001 OKL AAA 12 0 15.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TEX MLB 39 0 45.3 3.73 129 .193 .262 .332 .424 .266 .261 108 10.5 1.1 10.4 1.0
2002 OKL AAA 11 1 12.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .419 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 73 0 82.7 3.32 138 .226 .267 .336 .431 .266 .303 108 22.5 2.2 22.5 2.2
2004 TEX MLB 67 0 71.7 2.74 150 .216 .270 .336 .422 .258 .309 109 26.2 2.6 26.2 2.6
2005 TEX MLB 69 0 69.0 3.09 140 .247 .265 .326 .417 .261 .304 108 21.2 2.1 21.2 2.1
2006 MIL MLB 28 0 26.7 2.74 141 .234 .274 .339 .454 .272 .281 95 6.7 0.6 6.7 0.6
2006 TEX MLB 49 0 48.7 4.06 125 .250 .270 .334 .432 .258 .333 109 11.1 1.1 11.1 1.1
2007 MIL MLB 66 0 63.3 2.37 153 .210 .269 .335 .422 .260 .316 106 23.2 2.3 23.2 2.3
2008 CIN MLB 72 0 70.3 4.27 109 .246 .265 .336 .425 .268 .302 100 9.6 1.0 8.0 0.8
2009 CIN MLB 68 0 66.7 3.55 119 .229 .262 .332 .412 .262 .301 96 10.1 1.0 10.1 1.0
2010 CIN MLB 75 0 72.7 4.43 96 .252 .256 .321 .399 .264 .294 97 3.9 0.4 4.5 0.6
2011 CIN MLB 68 0 69.7 4.27 100 .215 .256 .320 .402 .263 .214 102 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2012 HOU MLB 6 0 5.0 7.53 38 .441 .266 .328 .433 .269 .550 108 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2012 TOR MLB 41 0 34.3 5.29 89 .313 .246 .305 .394 .251 .366 108 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 ESC Wnt 3 0 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1995 JAM A- 4 7 0 15 14 88.0 96 37 54 3 0% .000 9.8 3.8 0.3 5.5 1.51 5.22 0.0 0.0
1995 FAY A 0 3 0 4 4 20.0 26 12 19 1 0% .000 11.7 5.4 0.5 8.6 1.90 6.30 0.0 0.0
1996 JAM A- 0 0 0 2 2 11.0 5 2 10 0 0% .000 4.1 1.6 0.0 8.2 0.64 0.82 0.0 0.0
1996 FAY A 0 0 0 2 1 7.0 2 6 7 0 0% .000 2.6 7.7 0.0 9.0 1.14 2.57 0.0 0.0
1997 WMI A 6 1 35 50 0 54.3 36 15 67 2 0% .274 6.0 2.5 0.3 11.1 0.94 0.99 0.0 0.0
1998 JAX AA 1 1 8 17 0 16.7 19 9 18 1 0% .000 10.2 4.9 0.5 9.7 1.68 4.85 0.0 0.0
1998 LAK A+ 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 2 2 0 20 0 19.0 19 18 19 2 39% .327 9.0 8.5 0.9 9.0 1.95 3.32 2.7 0.3
1999 JAX AA 4 1 27 47 0 52.3 35 22 58 3 0% .000 6.0 3.8 0.5 10.0 1.09 1.38 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 1 2 0 56 0 77.3 87 48 49 11 42% .300 10.1 5.6 1.3 5.7 1.75 5.35 -1.2 -0.1
2000 Esc Wnt 0 0 0 11 0 8.3 17 12 9 0 0% .000 18.4 13.0 0.0 9.8 3.49 11.93 0.0 0.0
2000 OKL AAA 0 0 1 3 0 4.3 7 3 5 0 0% .000 14.7 6.3 0.0 10.5 2.33 4.19 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 0 1 0 3 0 2.3 3 2 1 0 57% .333 11.6 7.7 0.0 3.9 2.14 3.86 -0.1 -0.0
2001 OKL AAA 0 1 6 12 0 15.3 8 3 20 0 0% .000 4.7 1.8 0.0 11.8 0.72 0.59 0.0 0.0
2002 TEX MLB 2 0 10 39 0 45.3 33 13 41 2 47% .261 6.6 2.6 0.4 8.1 1.01 1.79 10.4 1.0
2002 OKL AAA 0 2 2 11 1 12.3 15 7 21 2 0% .419 11.0 5.1 1.5 15.4 1.79 5.85 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 5 8 15 73 0 82.7 70 38 90 4 51% .303 7.6 4.1 0.4 9.8 1.31 2.94 22.5 2.2
2004 TEX MLB 3 4 49 67 0 71.7 60 32 79 1 43% .309 7.5 4.0 0.1 9.9 1.28 2.13 26.2 2.6
2005 TEX MLB 3 1 37 69 0 69.0 61 30 79 5 45% .304 8.0 3.9 0.7 10.3 1.32 3.39 21.2 2.1
2006 MIL MLB 3 1 16 28 0 26.7 20 16 30 2 36% .281 6.8 5.4 0.7 10.1 1.35 1.69 6.7 0.6
2006 TEX MLB 7 4 6 49 0 48.7 49 16 54 5 44% .333 9.1 3.0 0.9 10.0 1.34 4.81 11.1 1.1
2007 MIL MLB 0 4 44 66 0 63.3 52 18 86 4 42% .316 7.4 2.6 0.6 12.2 1.11 2.98 23.2 2.3
2008 CIN MLB 5 4 34 72 0 70.3 61 38 78 6 43% .302 7.8 4.9 0.8 10.0 1.41 3.33 8.0 0.8
2009 CIN MLB 2 6 39 68 0 66.7 58 30 58 2 42% .301 7.8 4.0 0.3 7.8 1.32 2.16 10.1 1.0
2010 CIN MLB 6 5 40 75 0 72.7 68 36 59 5 44% .294 8.4 4.5 0.6 7.3 1.43 3.84 4.5 0.6
2011 CIN MLB 5 3 37 68 0 69.7 49 22 42 6 50% .214 6.3 2.8 0.8 5.4 1.02 2.45 3.1 0.3
2012 TOR MLB 3 5 2 41 0 34.3 48 14 26 7 41% .366 12.6 3.7 1.8 6.8 1.81 5.77 0.4 0.0
2012 ESC Wnt 0 0 0 3 0 2.0 3 4 2 0 0% .429 13.5 18.0 0.0 9.0 3.50 13.50 0.0 0.0
2012 HOU MLB 0 3 0 6 0 5.0 13 4 5 2 41% .550 23.4 7.2 3.6 9.0 3.40 19.80 -1.5 -0.2

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 1214 0.3970 0.4393 0.7105 0.6473 0.3005 0.8045 0.5773 0.2876
2009 1048 0.4618 0.4499 0.7601 0.6426 0.2837 0.8360 0.6125 0.2378
2010 1270 0.4638 0.4421 0.8057 0.6401 0.2702 0.8806 0.6522 0.1943
2011 1080 0.4324 0.4343 0.7612 0.6188 0.2936 0.8443 0.6278 0.2367
2012 731 0.4596 0.4419 0.7833 0.6786 0.2405 0.8289 0.6737 0.2136
Career53430.44130.44140.76310.64320.28040.84020.62540.2352

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-04 2013-04-04 FA 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery - -
2013-04-04 2013-04-04 On-Alr 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Debridement 2013-04-04 -
2012-09-01 2012-09-01 On-Alr 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-08-02 2012-09-10 15-DL 39 34 Right Sprain Ligament - -
2012-07-27 2012-07-29 DTD 2 2 - Soreness - -
2008-09-26 2008-09-28 DTD 2 2 Right Foot Surgery Microfracture 2008-09-26
2008-06-10 2008-06-12 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2005-03-11 2005-03-28 Camp 17 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2002-06-25 2002-07-27 15-DL 32 27 Right Shoulder Strain -
2001-06-26 2001-10-07 60-DL 103 87 Low Back Stress Fracture -
2001-03-28 2001-06-22 60-DL 86 70 Low Back Stress Fracture -
1998-07-28 1998-09-05 Minors 39 0 Right Elbow Surgery Stress Fracture 1998-07-29 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 HOU $
2012 TOR $4,500,000
2011 CIN $12,125,000
2010 CIN $12,125,000
2009 CIN $12,125,000
2008 CIN $8,500,000
2007 MIL $5,400,000
2006 TEX $4,000,000
2005 TEX $3,750,000
2004 TEX $2,000,000
2003 TEX $900,000
2002 TEX $900,000
2001 TEX $277,500
2000 TEX $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$66,802,500
13 yrTotal$66,802,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 46 dBean Stringfellow1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Boston as a free agent 2/15/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Released by Boston 3/29/14.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2012). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 2/1/12. Acquired by Houston in trade from Toronto 7/20/12. Released by Houston 9/10/12.
  • 4 years/$46M (2008-11). $0.5M signing bonus. Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/28/07. 08:$8.5M, 09:$12M, 10:$12M, 11:$12M, 12:$12M club option, $1M buyout. Full no-trade clause 2008-09. Limited no-trade after 2009. Cincinnati declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2005-06), plus 2007 club option. Signed extension with Texas 7/04. $0.25M signing bonus. 05:$3.75M, 06:$4M, 07:$5M club option. 2007 option may increase based on 2006 games finished. Award bonuses. Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Texas 7/06. Milwaukee exercised 2007 option at $5.4M 10/06.
  • 1 year/$2M (2004). Re-signed 1/04 (avoided arbitration). $0.15M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2003) Re-signed 2/03 (avoided arbitration, $1.175M-$0.775M).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.9 1.3 3.4 53 0 50.8 41 17 39 3 .260 1.15 3.01 3.27 9.6 1.0
80o 2.5 1.1 2.9 47 0 44.9 40 16 35 3 .275 1.25 3.40 3.69 6.3 0.6
70o 2.2 0.9 2.6 43 0 40.8 38 16 32 3 .286 1.31 3.68 4 4.2 0.4
60o 2 0.8 2.3 39 0 37.4 36 15 29 3 .296 1.38 3.93 4.27 2.7 0.3
50o 1.8 0.7 2.1 36 0 34.3 35 14 27 3 .304 1.43 4.16 4.52 1.4 0.1
40o 1.6 0.6 1.8 33 0 31.3 33 14 24 3 .313 1.49 4.40 4.78 0.4 0.0
30o 1.4 0.5 1.6 29 0 28.1 31 13 22 3 .322 1.56 4.65 5.06 -0.6 -0.1
20o 1.2 0.4 1.4 26 0 24.5 28 12 19 2 .333 1.64 4.96 5.39 -1.4 -0.1
10o 1 0.3 1 21 0 19.7 24 10 15 2 .349 1.76 5.40 5.87 -2.2 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.80.7235033.63414263.3021.424.134.481.60.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
15% 51% 10% 8% 70%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 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 FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20154031350048501936644.2991.444.364.749.43.66.81.10.1
20164121241039421728444.3041.504.574.979.63.96.40.9-0.0
20174221242040411627444.2951.444.364.739.33.66.10.90.1
20184321234032341422444.3001.484.584.989.53.96.11.1-0.0
20194421234032351422444.3061.524.715.129.73.96.11.1-0.1
20204521234033361422444.3041.534.735.149.93.96.11.1-0.1
20214621233032351321444.3041.524.835.259.93.76.01.1-0.1
20224721232031351320444.3061.554.975.4010.23.85.81.2-0.2
20234810230029321218444.3041.534.995.4210.03.85.71.3-0.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
12.512.67.12.12.82.337.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 70)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 David Weathers 2009 4.21
2 87 Brian Shouse 2008 3.33
3 87 Darren Oliver 2010 2.92
4 87 LaTroy Hawkins 2012 4.29
5 85 Mike Myers 2008 0.00 DNP
6 83 Stu Miller 1967 3.32
7 82 Todd Jones 2007 4.26
8 82 Jason Isringhausen 2012 4.34
9 82 Trever Miller 2012 0.00 DNP
10 81 Chris Hammond 2005 3.99
11 81 Larry Andersen 1992 3.60
12 81 Ron Villone 2009 4.62
13 81 Hoyt Wilhelm 1962 2.81 DNP
14 79 Bob Wickman 2008 0.00 DNP
15 79 John Franco 2000 3.88
16 78 Al Worthington 1968 3.07
17 78 Arthur Rhodes 2009 2.70
18 78 Jason Grimsley 2007 0.00 DNP
19 78 Gene Garber 1987 4.73
20 78 Brendan Donnelly 2011 0.00 DNP
21 76 Ellis Kinder 1954 3.75
22 76 Ryan Franklin 2012 0.00 DNP
23 75 Tom Gordon 2007 4.72
24 75 Tom Burgmeier 1983 3.09
25 75 Trevor Hoffman 2007 3.45
26 75 Rick Honeycutt 1993 3.89
27 75 Marv Grissom 1957 4.42
28 74 Kent Tekulve 1986 2.86
29 73 Mike Marshall 1982 0.00 DNP
30 73 Steve Reed 2004 3.95
31 73 Terry Leach 1993 2.81
32 73 Matt Herges 2009 3.63
33 73 Elmer Dessens 2010 2.68
34 72 Bill Campbell 1988 0.00 DNP
35 72 Dennis Lamp 1992 5.14
36 72 Takashi Saito 2009 2.59
37 72 Allie Reynolds 1956 0.00 DNP
38 72 Ted Abernathy 1972 2.62
39 72 Troy Percival 2009 6.35
40 71 Gary Lavelle 1988 0.00 DNP
41 71 Billy Wagner 2011 0.00 DNP
42 70 Greg Harris 1995 3.35
43 70 Guillermo Mota 2013 0.00 DNP
44 69 Ted Power 1994 0.00 DNP
45 69 Mike Remlinger 2005 7.49
46 69 Mike Timlin 2005 2.58
47 69 Hector Carrasco 2009 0.00 DNP
48 69 Tim Worrell 2007 0.00 DNP
49 68 Don McMahon 1969 3.71
50 68 Kevin Brown 2004 4.43
51 68 Tim Byrdak 2013 7.71
52 68 Buddy Groom 2005 4.83
53 68 Ron Mahay 2010 3.97
54 68 Miguel Batista 2010 3.92
55 67 Rollie Fingers 1986 0.00 DNP
56 67 Jay Howell 1995 0.00 DNP
57 67 Greg Minton 1991 0.00 DNP
58 67 Joe Niekro 1984 3.73
59 67 Mariano Rivera 2009 1.90
60 67 Derek Lowe 2012 5.55
61 66 Warren Spahn 1960 3.83
62 66 Jose Contreras 2011 3.86
63 66 Steve Howe 1997 0.00 DNP
64 65 Russ Springer 2008 2.50
65 65 Roberto Hernandez 2004 6.19
66 65 Roger Clemens 2002 4.70
67 64 Rick Reuschel 1988 3.20
68 64 Alan Embree 2009 6.93
69 64 Bill Henry 1967 2.05
70 64 Dizzy Trout 1954 0.00 DNP
71 64 Bobby Shantz 1965 0.00 DNP
72 64 Rick White 2008 0.00 DNP
73 64 Phil Niekro 1978 3.47
74 64 Jamie Moyer 2002 3.47
75 64 Al Brazle 1953 4.22
76 63 Eddie Guardado 2010 0.00 DNP
77 63 Aurelio Lopez 1988 0.00 DNP
78 63 Tug McGraw 1984 4.03
79 63 Jose Mesa 2005 4.92
80 63 Andy Pettitte 2011 0.00 DNP
81 62 Charlie Hough 1987 5.02
82 62 Bob Gibson 1975 5.45 DNP
83 62 Lindy McDaniel 1975 4.62 DNP
84 62 Billy Taylor 2001 4.50
85 61 Tommy John 1982 4.14
86 61 Dennis Martinez 1993 4.41
87 61 Octavio Dotel 2013 13.50
88 61 Giovanni Carrara 2007 0.00 DNP
89 60 Kent Mercker 2007 0.00 DNP
90 60 Ron Reed 1982 2.76
91 60 Paul Assenmacher 2000 0.00 DNP
92 59 Rudy May 1984 0.00 DNP
93 59 Greg Maddux 2005 4.48
94 59 Lee Smith 1997 6.65
95 59 Gaylord Perry 1978 3.28
96 59 Mike Mussina 2008 3.82
97 59 Ed Vosberg 2001 2.84
98 59 Bob Tewksbury 2000 0.00 DNP
99 58 Don Sutton 1984 4.36
100 57 Brian Sweeney 2013 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Cordero failed as a closer in two different countries last year and looked overwhelmed by the task of adapting his repertoire to his lessened velocity. He ended the season with shoulder problems, so he may have been pitching in pain all season long. That will be the hope (along with hopes that he'll be fully recovered) of whatever team takes a chance on him as a free agent this year. As bad as he looked, he'll be lucky to get a major-league contract with incentives. While he has the mental makeup teams want in pressure situations, he has let left-handers on base at a .362 clip in his career, so expectations that he can be more than a role-player should be kept in check.
2012 To paraphrase Pierre Trudeau, the essential ingredient of free agency is timing; Cordero had it once, getting a four-year, $45 million deal after 2007. Unfortunately, that set him up for serial spurning during this winter's stopperpocalypse, when it seemed like half the closers in baseball were free agents and all of them were getting deals before Cordero did. That's in part because he's no longer the same pitcher, relying heavily on his slider and change to make up for flagging velocity mirrored in a strikeout rate that has plummeted to 15 percent, less than half what it was in his salad days in Milwaukee. If ever simple save totals were supposed to represent quality you'd put a price on, Cordero would have gotten serious money for his 327 career saves; as we go to press, he hasn't, reflecting the smarter industry he's struggling to survive in.
2011 Corderoís SIERA rose for the third consecutive season, as further erosion in his skills left him dependent on a continued ability to suppress home runs on fly balls to maintain any semblance of value. The Dominican hasnít lost any velocity since his heyday, but his plummeting strikeout rate has made him much more contact-oriented. Since that elevated contact rate hasnít been accompanied by an increased incidence of ground balls, the current Cordero is more likely to get himself into trouble and less likely to get himself out of it. He is no longer what you would look for in a closer, but since heís still being paid like one, heíll continue to hold the job. The Reds are only on the hook for one more season, after which theyíll consider a $1 million buyout a bargain to rid themselves of a rapidly depreciating asset.
2010 Itís a shame that it was a buyerís market for closers this past offseason, because the Reds should have been selling on Cordero. By ERA and save percentage, Cordero had one of his finest seasons in 2009, but he saw a sharp drop in his strikeout rate, was very lucky on home runs (he allowed just two as a minuscule 2.1 percent of his fly balls left the park), and his line-drive rate has been on a steady upward trend over the last few seasons. Add in that heíll be 35 in May and is the second highest-paid Red in 2010 ($500,000 behind Aaron Harang) and under contract for another $12 million in 2011, and now is the time for the Reds to sell.
2009 While most of Cordero's peripherals have been pretty steady over the years, his walk rate has fluctuated, sometimes violently. The surprising thing is that these fluctuations have seldom signaled a substantial change in his performance levelófew players have picked up more than two walks per nine innings from one season to the next with less tangible effect. Cordero is a functional closer, whose save conversion rate tends to be on the low side of acceptable. He may not fully reward Wayne Krivsky's decision to outbid the Brewers for his services prior to last season over the full course of his four-year contract (plus a 2012 club option), but Walt Jocketty can shrug it off as something that wasn't his call.
2008 Cordero had no trouble staying in the groove he found after arriving from Texas in 2006. He dominated hitters with his high-90s heat, posting career-best strikeout and walk rates; among NL closers only Takashi Saito had a better K/BB ratio, and among relievers with 60 or more innings pitched, only Juan Cruz and Carlos Marmol struck out more men per nine innings. Cordero expressed a desire to return, and the Brewers bid competitively, but he wound up taking a four-year, $46 million deal with the Reds. Those looking for sour grapes in small sample sizes can take heart: as a Brewer, Cordero put up a 1.08 ERA in Miller Park, 5.40 elsewhere.
2007 Don`t let the high ERA in Texas fool you; park effects, bad defense, and very strong peripherals argue it should have been about a run lower. After arriving in Milwaukee, Cordero stepped in as closer, allowed one run in his first 23 2/3 innings despite control problems, and was promptly rewarded after the season by having his option picked up for the low, low price of $5.4 million. That`s a bit on the steep side, but he`s been a reliable reliever for six years running, and he`ll keep Derrick Turnbow away from save situations. Ask a Brewer fan how much that`s worth in white-knuckle currency.
2006 Cordero battled a shoulder injury in spring training, but delivered on the first year of his two-year, $8 million contract. His ratios were almost an exact repeat of 2004-a remarkable feat for a reliever-with the only difference being a slightly higher home run rate. His contract has a clause that increases the value of his 2007 option year from $5 to $6 million if he`s still the team`s closer. Have we mentioned that modern bullpen management is archaic, arbitrary, and costs teams wins by misallocating talent and cash? Case in point: the extra million it`s likely to cost the Rangers.
2005 Very tough all year long, throwing gas by stunned batters unable to catch up with his high heat. Ran out of gas down the stretch and gave up a home run Sept. 29; this would normally be an unremarkable event, except it was the only homer he allowed all season. The Rangers signed Cordero and his ridiculous slider to a two-year, $8 million deal in July, avoiding arbitration. Between Cordero, K-Rod and the A's stable of young, power arms, AL West late innings should be a pitching clinic in '05.
2003 It took four months and a few amusing auditions (Hideki Irabu?), but the Rangers found themselves a closer. Recovered from the lower back stress fracture that cost him his 2001, Cordero finally made good on the promise he showed in the Tigers organization before coming over in the Juan Gonzalez trade. He found his command and boosted his K/BB ratio from a dismal 1:1 in 2000 to an outstanding 3:1 last year. He may not put up a 1.79 ERA again, but he should be the anchor the bullpen was missing in 2002, even if itís not in the 9th inning role just yetóheís lost his closer job for now with Ugueth Urbinaís signing.
2002 It was a lost season for Francisco Cordero, twice sidelined with stress fractures in his lower back. Despite the injuries, the Rangers believe that he will eventually assume a setup role and pump some of the gas thatís been missing in the bullpen. Cordero still has an option remaining, so heíll likely open the season as a RedHawk so he can rebuild arm strength and hunt for his command, which has always been his bugaboo.
2001 Here's the next exhibit in the plundering of Motown. Thereís actually a lot here not to like, despite the kind of velocity that you donít see very often. Francisco Cordero throws hard, but like a lot of fireballers, he canít always control that velocity within the strike zone. So he walks a few guys, patient hitters work the count on him, and he has to take a little off the fastball to throw a strike. The result can occasionally cause neck strain for Cordero and the fans. If he can improve his control just 10-15%, that could translate into great success as a closer. Of course, you could have said the same for thousands of ex-pitchers who never made the bigs at all.
2000 Cordero has been the Tigersí closer-in-waiting since 1997, but a pair of stress fractures just above the elbow stalled his development. He finally had definitive surgery to correct the problem, then had a breakthrough year. For someone who has had his name in bold print for so long, heís still very young, a full year younger than Matt Anderson. He throws nearly as hard, with more movement on his fastball, but unlike Anderson, he has already learned to adjust to failure. Included in the Gonzalez trade, he adds to the deep and nasty Texas pen.
1999 He was major-league closer material a year ago, but he kept hitting the DL with elbow problems and then was shelved for the season with a stress fracture in his shoulder. Heís still very young and quite capable of a very strong comeback this year, but minor league closers - especially in the low minors - are historically bad bets. And his arm has to heal in two places first.
1998 Corderoís got good stuff and an extremely polished Rogenus Madduxia, or pitching gland as itís known to us laymen. If he can stay healthy, he can be in the majors for a September callup this year. Itíll probably take him about a month to get used to the new level.

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2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How do I value Addison Reed if I just started a dynasty rebuild? I know closers should be the first thing to go in a rebuild, but I can't help but believe he's relatively stable and likely to help me when I compete again in 2-3 years. Thanks
(JoeTinker from Chicago)
Here is a list of all closers who recorded 25 or more saves in 2010: Brian Wilson (48), Heath Bell (47), Rafael Soriano (45), Joakim Soria (43), Matt Capps (42), Neftali Feliz (40), Francisco Cordero (40), Carlos Marmol (38), Billy Wagner (37), Jonathan Papelbon (37), Kevin Gregg (37), Mariano Rivera (33), David Aardsma (31), Juan Oviedo (30), Bobby Jenks (27), Ryan Franklin (27), Brad Lidge (27), Jose Valverde (26), Francisco Rodriguez (25) and Andrew Bailey (25). (Bret Sayre)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think the first closer to lose his job will be?
(mef from Brooklyn, NY)
There's still some jobs that aren't totally decided yet, and most guys who have to wait this long to claim the gig usually have a pretty short leash. Among those who we know will start the year at closer, I've got to go with Fernando Rodney of the Angels, who's just not that good and has a few guys behind him, even with Scott Downs' injury. I particularly like Jordan Walden there.

Honorable mention goes to Francisco Cordero, who's declining and can't possibly fend off Aroldis Chapman all year. (Mike Petriello)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc I have been offered Francisco Cordero for either Chase Headley, Chris Young or Kelly Johnson. My closer was Trevor Hoffman and I also have Evan Meek. What do you think of the offer? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
I wouldn't give up Chris Young, but either Headley or Kelly Johnson would be fine. Johnson's slowed down a bit since April, but he has that park to help him, whereas Headley is more of a batting average guy with low power in a park that hurts both of those things. Headley may be your low-cost option here. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the likelihood Francisco Cordero gets dealt this year to a team where he lose his closer role?
(GBSimons from Waiting for Day's End)
I haven't heard any rumblings--that may be a question better suited for June, though it would be more useful to have an answer now. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the first closer to lose his job that people might not expect?
(MarinerDan from SF)
Does Frank Francisco count as one people might not expect? Going higher, maybe Francisco Cordero? That last one is just a hunch. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard from a very credible source (i.e., front office) that the Yankees had a deal in place with the Reds: Francisco Cordero for Xavier Nady (killed by the Reds' owner). Should the Yankees revisit that trade and plug in a different name to help solve their bullpen issues? They could go Mets-style and us Cordero as the 8th inning guy.
(Waker from Brooklyn)
Well, that trade won't happen now with Nady's elbow one more hard throw from blowing out. It would have been a good trade for both teams, though. (John Perrotto)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Francisco Cordero threw 5,673 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), Slider (86mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph).