Biographical

Portrait of Nate Robertson

Nate Robertson PTigers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
38.7 5.84 1.64 22 2 2 0 -0.5
Birth Date9-3-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 21 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
-0.62010
2011
2012
2013
-0.52014
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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
2002 FLO 24 6 1 8.3 4.7 3.7 0 1 0 1 0 0 46 15 11 11 3 26 4 3 2 3 11.88 9.00 9.85 -4.1 -0.4
2003 DET 25 8 8 44.7 44.7 0.0 1 2 0 0 4 0 203 55 27 27 6 81 23 21 0 33 5.44 4.91 5.12 2.1 0.2
2004 DET 26 34 32 196.7 190.7 6.0 12 10 1 0 17 1 852 210 116 107 30 341 66 65 4 155 4.90 4.63 5.63 12.3 1.1
2005 DET 27 32 32 196.7 196.7 0.0 7 16 0 0 16 1 846 202 113 98 28 334 65 63 7 122 4.48 4.76 5.60 1.6 0.1
2006 DET 28 32 32 208.7 208.7 0.0 13 13 0 0 20 3 881 206 98 89 29 337 67 65 8 137 3.84 4.76 5.44 15.9 1.4
2007 DET 29 30 30 177.7 177.7 0.0 9 13 0 0 13 2 781 199 98 94 22 313 63 61 3 119 4.76 4.70 5.46 9.4 0.9
2008 DET 30 32 28 168.7 161.0 7.7 7 11 0 0 9 2 761 218 124 119 26 359 62 55 2 108 6.35 5.02 5.55 4.9 0.3
2009 DET 31 28 6 49.7 28.0 21.7 2 3 0 2 2 0 234 59 33 30 4 79 28 25 2 35 5.44 4.59 5.59 2.5 0.3
2010 FLO 32 19 18 100.3 94.7 5.7 6 8 0 0 5 1 450 110 70 61 11 176 40 39 6 61 5.47 4.69 5.39 -1.4 -0.4
2010 PHI 32 2 0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 5 6 6 1 9 2 2 0 2 54.00 18.11 15.71 -2.0 -0.2
Career2231871152.31106.745.75777138610506412796966421602055420399347755.014.805.5641.13.3

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
2002 FLO MLB 6 1 8.3 9.85 -19 .374 .256 .326 .405 .261 .353 100 -3.9 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2003 DET MLB 8 8 44.7 5.12 89 .293 .267 .331 .431 .263 .348 94 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2004 DET MLB 34 32 196.7 5.63 90 .264 .266 .329 .426 .256 .302 102 11.3 1.1 12.3 1.1
2005 DET MLB 32 32 196.7 5.60 84 .269 .268 .328 .424 .262 .279 102 1.8 0.2 1.6 0.1
2006 DET MLB 32 32 208.7 5.44 95 .247 .275 .338 .437 .260 .277 105 15.7 1.5 15.9 1.4
2007 DET MLB 30 30 177.7 5.46 91 .269 .266 .334 .418 .263 .309 102 9.4 0.9 9.4 0.9
2008 DET MLB 32 28 168.7 5.55 86 .292 .265 .330 .415 .260 .341 103 5.4 0.5 4.9 0.3
2009 DET MLB 28 6 49.7 5.59 89 .278 .269 .339 .430 .263 .333 104 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2010 FLO MLB 19 18 100.3 5.39 68 .303 .250 .317 .393 .263 .298 93 -2.3 -0.2 -1.4 -0.4
2010 PHI MLB 2 0 1.0 15.71 -192 .626 .215 .311 .359 .262 .800 91 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2011 TAC AAA 18 18 93.3 6.54 81 .299 .289 .356 .455 .262 .362 104 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2012 IOW AAA 14 0 20.0 6.63 70 .325 .270 .333 .424 .264 .353 98 -1.3 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2012 LVG AAA 9 2 9.0 6.63 78 .320 .287 .360 .449 .281 .355 108 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 ROU AAA 45 0 50.3 4.50 103 .252 .273 .344 .422 .273 .300 93 3.5 0.4 3.5 0.4
2014 TOL AAA 14 0 21.0 5.33 79 .257 .258 .327 .375 .246 .290 98 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1

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
2002 FLO MLB 0 1 0 6 1 8.3 15 4 3 3 65% .353 16.2 4.3 3.2 3.2 2.28 11.88 -4.1 -0.4
2003 DET MLB 1 2 0 8 8 44.7 55 23 33 6 54% .348 11.1 4.6 1.2 6.6 1.75 5.44 2.1 0.2
2004 DET MLB 12 10 1 34 32 196.7 210 66 155 30 51% .302 9.6 3.0 1.4 7.1 1.40 4.90 12.3 1.1
2005 DET MLB 7 16 0 32 32 196.7 202 65 122 28 52% .279 9.2 3.0 1.3 5.6 1.36 4.48 1.6 0.1
2006 DET MLB 13 13 0 32 32 208.7 206 67 137 29 48% .277 8.9 2.9 1.3 5.9 1.31 3.84 15.9 1.4
2007 DET MLB 9 13 0 30 30 177.7 199 63 119 22 46% .309 10.1 3.2 1.1 6.0 1.47 4.76 9.4 0.9
2008 DET MLB 7 11 0 32 28 168.7 218 62 108 26 47% .341 11.6 3.3 1.4 5.8 1.66 6.35 4.9 0.3
2009 DET MLB 2 3 0 28 6 49.7 59 28 35 4 43% .333 10.7 5.1 0.7 6.3 1.75 5.44 2.5 0.3
2010 FLO MLB 6 8 0 19 18 100.3 110 40 61 11 44% .298 9.9 3.6 1.0 5.5 1.50 5.47 -1.4 -0.4
2010 PHI MLB 0 0 0 2 0 1.0 5 2 2 1 33% .800 45.0 18.0 9.0 18.0 7.00 54.00 -2.0 -0.2
2011 TAC AAA 6 7 0 18 18 93.3 135 38 55 14 42% .362 13.0 3.7 1.4 5.3 1.85 7.14 6.1 0.6
2012 LVG AAA 0 1 0 9 2 9.0 13 4 5 2 42% .355 13.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 1.89 8.00 0.2 0.0
2012 IOW AAA 0 2 0 14 0 20.0 30 4 15 6 46% .353 13.5 1.8 2.7 6.8 1.70 8.10 -0.6 -0.1
2013 ROU AAA 4 4 0 45 0 50.3 45 23 40 0 55% .300 8.0 4.1 0.0 7.2 1.35 3.04 3.5 0.4
2014 TOL AAA 0 2 0 14 0 21.0 20 13 12 0 68% .290 8.6 5.6 0.0 5.1 1.57 3.43 -0.9 -0.1

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 2385 0.5090 0.4461 0.8562 0.5997 0.2869 0.9066 0.7470 0.1419
2009 870 0.4540 0.4327 0.8005 0.5924 0.2989 0.9060 0.6268 0.1941
2010 1677 0.5128 0.4293 0.8444 0.5826 0.2681 0.9042 0.7078 0.1542
Career49320.50060.4380.84240.59260.28260.90570.71250.1553

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-07 2011-03-31 Camp 24 0 Left Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies 2011-03-16
2009-11-15 2009-11-15 Off 0 0 Left Groin Surgery Torn Muscle 2009-11-15
2009-09-12 2009-09-20 DTD 8 8 Left Abdomen Inflammation -
2009-06-27 2009-08-26 15-DL 60 52 Left Elbow Surgery Mass Removal 2009-06-30
2009-05-06 2009-05-21 15-DL 15 12 Low Back Strain -
2009-03-25 2009-03-31 Camp 6 0 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-04-15 2008-04-15 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2007-06-07 2007-06-26 15-DL 19 17 Left Shoulder Fatigue -
2004-09-22 2004-09-22 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Contusion Batted Ball Ring Finger -
2004-06-18 2004-06-18 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf -
1998-01-01 1998-01-01 Coll 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Approximate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 DET $9,600,000
2009 DET $7,000,000
2008 DET $4,250,000
2007 DET $3,260,000
2006 DET $402,500
2005 DET $355,000
2004 DET $305,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$25,172,500
7 yrTotal$25,172,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 12 dSteve Canter1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 1/21/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 2/19/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 5/29/12. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 7/16/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/20/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 3 years/$21.25M (2008-10). Signed extension with Detroit 1/16/08 (avoided arbitration). 08:$4.25M, 09:$7M, 10:$10M. 2010 salary increases to $11M with 200 IP in 2009 or 400 IP 2008-09. Award bonus: $0.5M for Cy Young ($0.2M for 2nd in vote, $0.1M for 3rd). Acquired by Florida in trade from Detroit 3/30/10 (Tigers to pay $9.6M of 2010 salary, with Marlins paying $0.4M). DFA by Florida 7/21/10, released 7/27/10. Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 8/2/10 (minor-league contract). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 8/25/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 9/6/10. Released by Philadelphia 9/10/10.
  • 1 year/$3.26M (2007). Re-signed by Detroit 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2006). Re-signed by Detroit 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.305M (2004). Re-signed by Detroit 2/04.
  • Acquired by Detroit in trade from Florida 1/03.
  • Drafted by Florida 1999 (5-146) (Wichita State).

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 3.1 2.7 0.5 21 8 54.5 55 19 32 6 .277 1.35 4.51 4.9 1.7 0.2
80o 2.6 2.6 0.5 18 7 48.8 52 18 29 6 .291 1.45 4.95 5.38 -1.0 -0.1
70o 2.3 2.5 0.4 17 6 44.8 51 18 27 6 .301 1.52 5.28 5.73 -2.5 -0.3
60o 2.1 2.4 0.4 16 6 41.5 49 17 25 5 .310 1.58 5.56 6.04 -3.7 -0.4
50o 1.9 2.3 0.3 15 5 38.5 47 16 23 5 .318 1.65 5.83 6.34 -4.5 -0.5
40o 1.7 2.2 0.3 13 5 35.5 45 16 21 5 .326 1.71 6.11 6.64 -5.2 -0.5
30o 1.5 2 0.2 12 5 32.5 43 15 19 5 .335 1.78 6.41 6.97 -5.8 -0.6
20o 1.3 1.9 0.2 11 4 28.9 40 14 17 4 .345 1.86 6.77 7.36 -6.2 -0.6
10o 1 1.7 0.2 9 3 24.3 36 12 14 4 .359 1.99 7.28 7.92 -6.4 -0.7
Weighted Mean1.92.20.314537.94616225.3161.635.806.3-4.3-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 16% 10% 5% 30%

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
201537571451512315154721745.3181.665.976.4911.03.95.31.2-1.8
201638461381310513046601545.3181.686.036.5511.13.95.11.3-1.6
201739461371210212745581445.3191.686.036.5511.24.05.11.2-1.5
201840461391310713147591445.3151.675.886.3911.14.05.01.2-1.4
201941461381210412846561445.3141.675.876.3811.04.04.81.2-1.4
20204245136129912143521345.3131.665.866.3611.03.94.71.2-1.3
20214335132118811039461245.3151.695.966.4811.24.04.71.2-1.3
20224445135119411741481345.3131.675.916.4211.23.94.61.2-1.3
20234545134119411741471345.3131.685.936.4511.23.94.51.2-1.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1.50.22.81.10.6out of baseball6.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 John Wasdin 2009 0.00 DNP
2 81 Ken Ray 2011 0.00 DNP
3 80 Valerio De Los Santos 2009 0.00 DNP
4 80 Kris Benson 2011 0.00 DNP
5 78 Danny Graves 2010 0.00 DNP
6 78 Brian Moehler 2008 4.74
7 77 Gary Glover 2013 0.00 DNP
8 76 Jeremy Powell 2012 0.00 DNP
9 76 Brian Lawrence 2012 0.00 DNP
10 76 Chan Ho Park 2009 4.64
11 75 Bryan Corey 2010 0.00 DNP
12 74 Jason Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
13 74 Cal McLish 1962 4.89 DNP
14 74 Bill Krueger 1994 7.12
15 74 Mike Garcia 1960 4.58
16 74 Bob Shaw 1969 0.00 DNP
17 73 Mark Redman 2010 0.00 DNP
18 73 Rick Reuschel 1985 2.69
19 73 Pat Dobson 1978 0.00 DNP
20 73 Dave Burba 2003 3.95
21 73 Nelson Figueroa 2010 3.68
22 73 Camilo Pascual 1970 2.57
23 73 Russ Ortiz 2010 10.29
24 73 Eric Junge 2013 0.00 DNP
25 73 Yasuhiko Yabuta 2009 14.14
26 72 Rodrigo Lopez 2012 8.53
27 72 Kevin Gross 1997 7.11
28 72 Chris Michalak 2007 0.00 DNP
29 72 Murry Dickson 1953 7.36
30 72 Ron Darling 1997 0.00 DNP
31 72 Randy Keisler 2012 0.00 DNP
32 72 Travis Driskill 2008 0.00 DNP
33 72 Rick Honeycutt 1990 3.27
34 72 Marty McLeary 2011 0.00 DNP
35 72 Kevin Tapani 2000 5.20
36 72 Al Downing 1977 7.20
37 72 Jackie Brown 1979 0.00 DNP
38 72 Bill Hands 1976 0.00 DNP
39 72 George Brunet 1971 5.79
40 72 Geoff Zahn 1982 3.92
41 72 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
42 72 Jeff Suppan 2011 0.00 DNP
43 72 Todd Stottlemyre 2001 0.00 DNP
44 72 Tim Wakefield 2003 4.67
45 72 Mike Bielecki 1996 2.87
46 72 Sonny Siebert 1973 5.09
47 72 Wilbur Wood 1978 5.52
48 71 Jim Lonborg 1978 5.38
49 71 Vic Darensbourg 2007 0.00 DNP
50 71 Rudy May 1981 4.33
51 71 Burt Hooton 1986 0.00 DNP
52 71 Vern Ruhle 1987 0.00 DNP
53 71 Orel Hershiser 1995 4.09
54 71 Randy Gumpert 1954 0.00 DNP
55 71 Kirk McCaskill 1997 0.00 DNP
56 71 Shane Reynolds 2004 27.00
57 71 Bob Feller 1955 4.66
58 71 Johnny Sain 1954 3.21
59 71 Jim Wilson 1958 4.34
60 71 Joe Hesketh 1995 0.00 DNP
61 71 Orlando Hernandez 2002 3.88
62 71 Ed Whitson 1991 5.38
63 71 Ken Johnson 1969 4.62
64 71 Jim Brower 2009 0.00 DNP
65 71 Gerry Staley 1957 2.40
66 71 Frank Lary 1966 0.00 DNP
67 70 Jerry Koosman 1979 3.69
68 70 Woody Williams 2003 4.12
69 70 Ted Power 1991 3.83
70 70 Milt Pappas 1975 0.00 DNP
71 70 Larry Jansen 1957 0.00 DNP
72 70 Gil Heredia 2002 0.00 DNP
73 70 Dennis Leonard 1987 0.00 DNP
74 70 Bob Keegan 1957 3.91
75 70 Steve Ridzik 1965 5.01
76 70 Rick Mahler 1990 4.48
77 70 Dwight Gooden 2001 0.00 DNP
78 70 Willie Ramsdell 1952 2.63
79 70 Darren Oliver 2007 4.34
80 70 Sid Hudson 1951 5.96
81 70 Steve Renko 1981 3.53
82 70 Dave Roberts 1981 9.98
83 70 Charlie Hough 1984 4.30
84 70 Howie Pollet 1957 0.00 DNP
85 70 Andy Ashby 2004 0.00
86 70 Vladimir Nunez 2011 0.00 DNP
87 70 Frank Tanana 1990 5.31
88 70 Danny Jackson 1998 0.00 DNP
89 70 Bartolo Colon 2009 6.06
90 70 Bobby Witt 2000 7.63
91 69 Mike Boddicker 1994 0.00 DNP
92 69 Mark Portugal 1999 5.99
93 69 Joe Nuxhall 1965 3.45
94 69 Cory Lidle 2008 0.00 DNP
95 69 Earl Wilson 1971 0.00 DNP
96 69 Jim Kaat 1975 3.59 DNP
97 69 Ramon Ortiz 2009 0.00 DNP
98 69 Ken Heintzelman 1952 3.82
99 69 Joe Dobson 1953 4.11
100 69 Bill Gullickson 1995 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 This is what's known as the Nate Robertson Infinity Loop: Step 1. Gives up 10 runs in the PCL on Aug. 26. "Well, I'm certainly not going to end my career on that." Step 2. Throws eight innings, allows no earned runs on Aug. 31. "Woohoo I've still got it!" Step 1. Allows nine earned runs on Sept. 5. "Well, I'm certainly not going to end my career on that." /Forever
2010 Robertson was terrible all spring; he not only lost out on the rotation slot he coveted, he was essentially a second LOOGY, working behind Seay. He continued being awful, eventually going under the knife in June with a 7.71 ERA. Doctors pulled four "fatty masses" out of his elbow, and without them he came back to throw 29 innings with a 3.77 ERA as a starter. He's yet another Tiger pitcher with an overblown salary at $10 million for 2010, but the post-surgery performance gives some plausible hope that he can earn a decent fraction of that.
2009 There is simply nothing positive to say here. The league hit .315/.373/.518 against him, and he got worse as the season wore on, his second-half ERA checking in at 8.77. Nothing positive happened when he moved to the bullpen. Want more good news, Tigers fans? He's owed $17 million over the next two years.
2008 Over the past four seasons, Robertson has been remarkably consistent at a level just below average, with his ERA moving in tune with his BABIP as his rates have stayed mostly unchanged. Baseball Prospectus alum Gary Huckabay used to write about pitchers who needed to lop one walk per nine innings off of their line to reach a higher level. Robertson is the best example in the book right now; he's a walk per nine from signing a six-year, $100 million contract in two years. Robertson spent some time on the DL last year with a tired arm, but that doesn't seem to have been an injury as much as a euphemistic way of saying, "He's not pitching well and we don't know why."
2007 PECOTA reckons Kenny Rogers as a good comparable for Robertson. Neither pitcher is without his stuff, but each depends heavily on pitch selection and a philosophy of staying within their limits on the mound. Both are partial to their foreign substances, Rogers his pine tar and Robertson his Big League Chew--he stuffs fistfuls into his mouth at a time in a ritualized attempt to instigate Tiger rallies. Robertson`s ERA was a little ahead of his peripherals last season, but he`s a legitimate number-three starter.
2006 Robertson was one of last year`s unluckiest pitchers. His bullpen support, as measured by how many more runs scored than expected from the runners he left behind, was the fourth worst in the majors, costing him a quarter run of ERA. His won/lost record was 6.5 games worse than expected, also fourth worst in the majors, so he`s a little bit better, but not a lot better, than the numbers indicate, which makes for an average pitcher with plus points for durability. He did complain of a sore shoulder towards the end of `05; it appears to have been just a dead arm, but he gets that dead arm every July. His career ERA before the All-Star break is 3.74, and 5.90 after it.
2005 Robertson was in the midst of a breakout season before struggling with home runs mightily in the second half: He gave up two-thirds of his home runs after the All-Star break, including eight in his last five starts. He rates as a pretty strong groundball pitcher, so it may have been a matter of hitting the wall, as his previous professional high in innings pitched was 171.3, in 2002. Provided he's handled carefully, he should outpitch some of the Tigers that rank higher on the depth chart, allowing the team to reclaim something from the Mark Redman deal.
2003 Robertson has had problems staying off the trainerís table so far in his career, so it wasnít surprising when he developed some soreness in his pitching shoulder around inning 175 in 2002, and he was shut down in the middle of September. He would have had a tough time cracking the Marlin rotation without a fire sale, but in the wide-open situation in Detroit, anything could happen.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you care to expand on your worries over the Tigers' future....weak farm? Iffy everyday lineup? The rotation is locked up for a long while. Thank you.
(lemppi from Iowa)
Weak farm; Kevin had them 27th in the organizational rankings this spring. They'll have some financial flexibility after this season, and while Mike Ilich isn't afraid to spend, they absolutely have to avoid the entanglements that produced so much dead salary over the past few years. Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman - I can't think of a team that had so many contracts of $10 million per year blow up on them all at once. (Jay Jaffe)
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)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)So it appears DET will be paying Dontrell and Nate Robinson about $20m to fill the #5 spots in two rotations. Which one will perform better?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
You kinda have to pick Robertson, don't you? (I'm assuming you did mean Nate Robertson, and not former Knickerbocker Nate Robinson.) If we're thinking purely in terms of probability, there's very little shot of Robertson putting up a 0.6 K/BB rate. With Dontrelle, that would be an improvement over the last two years. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Tigers sign Brad Penny, or can they put some faith in Nate Robertson/Armando Galaraga not sucking down the stretch?
(David from Winston Salem)
I'd just as soon stick with Robertston/Galarraga. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)any thoughts on Nate Robertson's deal? Any idea what it's gonna take to lock up Cabrera?
(DetroitDale from Florida)
I touched on this a bit in today's TA, but basically, that was a solid investment. Cabrera should be gunning for nine figures. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Nate Robertson threw 6,334 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Change (84mph) and Slider (81mph), also mixing in a Sinker (86mph) and Fourseam Fastball (90mph).