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Birth Date6-3-1975
Height6' 0"
Weight250 lbs
Age39 years, 4 months, 28 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 CHN 24 10 21 19 3 5 1 0 0 6 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .263 .333 .316 .218 0.8 -0.1 0.1
2001 ANA 26 15 42 37 8 10 3 0 2 19 3 8 0 0 2 4 0 0 .270 .325 .514 .268 2.9 0.0 0.3
2002 ANA 27 29 81 70 5 19 3 0 0 22 5 15 0 2 4 5 0 2 .271 .312 .314 .232 0.7 -0.1 0.1
2003 ANA 28 53 123 114 12 21 4 0 0 25 1 26 3 1 4 6 0 0 .184 .210 .219 .156 -7.9 -0.5 -0.8
2004 ANA 29 73 218 203 26 53 10 2 3 76 10 52 0 0 5 25 4 1 .261 .296 .374 .215 4.1 0.1 0.4
2005 ANA 30 75 203 184 14 42 4 0 6 64 13 41 2 0 4 25 2 0 .228 .286 .348 .232 5.8 0.2 0.6
2006 ANA 31 78 245 225 18 54 17 0 4 83 9 49 2 2 7 22 1 0 .240 .273 .369 .210 -2.4 -1.2 -0.4
2007 ANA 32 40 131 125 9 28 8 0 0 36 3 30 0 0 3 10 2 1 .224 .242 .288 .186 -5.6 -0.8 -0.6
2007 NYA 32 29 71 66 9 21 5 0 1 29 2 13 0 1 2 9 0 0 .318 .333 .439 .270 3.0 0.1 0.3
2008 NYA 33 100 297 268 32 58 17 0 3 84 12 52 6 3 8 18 0 0 .216 .263 .313 .198 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
2009 NYA 34 52 155 138 15 30 4 0 1 37 14 28 1 1 1 11 0 0 .217 .292 .268 .197 -5.3 0.5 -0.5
2010 TOR 35 57 183 167 13 41 4 0 6 63 9 36 5 0 2 12 1 0 .246 .304 .377 .228 1.0 -0.5 0.1
2011 TOR 36 55 191 171 19 48 12 1 3 71 15 44 1 0 4 15 2 1 .281 .342 .415 .273 9.7 -1.3 0.9
2012 TBA 37 102 274 251 27 56 9 0 8 89 20 60 2 0 1 32 3 1 .223 .286 .355 .245 5.9 -1.9 0.4
2013 TBA 38 99 313 283 26 66 14 0 2 86 22 63 2 3 3 18 2 1 .233 .290 .304 .222 -0.6 -1.6 -0.2
2014 TBA 39 80 247 225 4 40 2 0 0 42 14 55 2 2 4 10 3 0 .178 .230 .187 .160 -15.8 -0.1 -1.8
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Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1993 DAY A+ 3 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 PEO A 78 290 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DAY A+ 82 273 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 ROK A 96 355 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DAY A+ 0 194 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 ORL AA 0 113 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 IOW AAA 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 WTN AA 0 355 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHN MLB 10 21 .218 .253 .329 .428 .253 .333 100 -1 0.6 0.4 -0.1 0.8 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
1999 WTN AA 0 37 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA 0 264 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 IOW AAA 0 271 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 15 42 .268 .274 .343 .434 .267 .296 99 0.4 1.2 0.8 0.0 1.0 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2001 SLC AAA 61 235 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ANA MLB 29 81 .232 .248 .314 .402 .256 .333 93 -2.5 2.2 1.4 -0.1 -0.6 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2002 SLC AAA 79 315 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ANA MLB 53 123 .156 .272 .336 .432 .267 .236 98 -14 3.3 2.2 -0.5 0.8 -7.9 -0.8 -7.9 -0.8
2004 ANA MLB 73 218 .215 .272 .336 .438 .261 .338 103 -10.8 6.5 3.9 0.1 0.5 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2005 ANA MLB 75 203 .232 .261 .319 .411 .256 .263 98 -6 5.8 3 0.2 -0.2 5.8 0.6 5.8 0.6
2006 ANA MLB 78 245 .210 .271 .332 .430 .255 .287 103 -13.7 7.4 4.4 -1.2 -3.2 -2.4 -0.4 -2.4 -0.4
2007 ANA MLB 40 131 .186 .277 .339 .434 .268 .295 101 -10.7 3.9 2.4 -0.8 -0.4 -5.6 -0.6 -5.6 -0.6
2007 NYA MLB 29 71 .270 .266 .338 .417 .265 .377 102 0.8 2.1 1.3 0.1 -1.5 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2008 NYA MLB 100 297 .198 .263 .330 .419 .260 .255 104 -19.8 8.6 5.1 -0.1 0.8 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2009 NYA MLB 52 155 .197 .268 .334 .433 .261 .264 109 -10.3 4.5 2.5 0.5 -0.5 -5.3 -0.5 -5.3 -0.5
2009 TRN AA 3 10 .125 .259 .322 .371 .255 .000 78 -1.3 0.3 0 -0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2009 SWB AAA 2 5 .305 .254 .333 .382 .260 .250 96 0.2 0.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2010 TOR MLB 57 183 .228 .263 .328 .415 .259 .280 112 -6 5.0 2.9 -0.5 -2.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 TOR MLB 55 191 .273 .254 .314 .403 .258 .363 108 2.4 5.1 2.6 -1.3 -1.0 9.7 0.9 9.7 0.9
2012 TBA MLB 102 274 .245 .259 .322 .420 .266 .262 95 -4.2 7.5 4.5 -1.9 -3.0 5.9 0.4 5.9 0.4
2013 TBA MLB 99 313 .222 .253 .316 .401 .264 .290 95 -11.5 8.2 4.9 -1.6 -0.4 -0.6 -0.2 -0.6 -0.2
2013 PUR int 2 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TBA MLB 80 247 .160 .252 .310 .389 .260 .233 98 -23.3 6.4 3.9 -0.1 -1.9 -15.8 -1.8 -15.8 -1.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1993 DAY A+ 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .143 .333 .143 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 PEO A 290 31 58 13 1 1 33 24 61 4 3 .229 .301 .300 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DAY A+ 273 27 55 9 1 1 19 29 53 1 0 .236 .336 .296 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 ROK A 355 35 69 10 1 2 27 36 71 2 4 .226 .308 .285 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 IOW AAA 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 ORL AA 113 10 17 3 0 1 15 12 28 0 1 .172 .274 .232 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DAY A+ 194 17 45 9 1 0 23 14 25 4 0 .251 .309 .313 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 WTN AA 355 33 71 10 1 2 28 32 74 1 5 .222 .299 .278 .056 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WTN AA 37 2 6 3 0 0 5 2 14 0 0 .171 .216 .257 .086 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA 264 24 63 11 1 4 26 20 54 0 1 .263 .330 .367 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHN MLB 21 3 5 1 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 .263 .333 .316 .053 .218 0.8 -0.1 0.1
2000 IOW AAA 271 22 58 9 0 1 17 23 61 1 4 .234 .299 .282 .048 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SLC AAA 235 29 64 11 1 5 31 14 49 1 2 .300 .340 .432 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 42 8 10 3 0 2 4 3 8 0 0 .270 .325 .514 .243 .268 2.9 0.0 0.3
2002 SLC AAA 315 30 89 14 2 4 43 12 60 0 3 .307 .335 .410 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ANA MLB 81 5 19 3 0 0 5 5 15 0 2 .271 .312 .314 .043 .232 0.7 -0.1 0.1
2003 ANA MLB 123 12 21 4 0 0 6 1 26 0 0 .184 .210 .219 .035 .156 -7.9 -0.5 -0.8
2004 ANA MLB 218 26 53 10 2 3 25 10 52 4 1 .261 .296 .374 .113 .215 4.1 0.1 0.4
2005 ANA MLB 203 14 42 4 0 6 25 13 41 2 0 .228 .286 .348 .120 .232 5.8 0.2 0.6
2006 ANA MLB 245 18 54 17 0 4 22 9 49 1 0 .240 .273 .369 .129 .210 -2.4 -1.2 -0.4
2007 ANA MLB 131 9 28 8 0 0 10 3 30 2 1 .224 .242 .288 .064 .186 -5.6 -0.8 -0.6
2007 NYA MLB 71 9 21 5 0 1 9 2 13 0 0 .318 .333 .439 .121 .270 3.0 0.1 0.3
2008 NYA MLB 297 32 58 17 0 3 18 12 52 0 0 .216 .263 .313 .097 .198 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
2009 TRN AA 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 .000 .300 .000 .000 .125 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1
2009 SWB AAA 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .500 .250 .305 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2009 NYA MLB 155 15 30 4 0 1 11 14 28 0 0 .217 .292 .268 .051 .197 -5.3 0.5 -0.5
2010 TOR MLB 183 13 41 4 0 6 12 9 36 1 0 .246 .304 .377 .132 .228 1.0 -0.5 0.1
2011 TOR MLB 191 19 48 12 1 3 15 15 44 2 1 .281 .342 .415 .135 .273 9.7 -1.3 0.9
2012 TBA MLB 274 27 56 9 0 8 32 20 60 3 1 .223 .286 .355 .131 .245 5.9 -1.9 0.4
2013 PUR int 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TBA MLB 313 26 66 14 0 2 18 22 63 2 1 .233 .290 .304 .071 .222 -0.6 -1.6 -0.2
2014 TBA MLB 247 4 40 2 0 0 10 14 55 3 0 .178 .230 .187 .009 .160 -15.8 -0.1 -1.8

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 1031 0.5189 0.5524 0.7592 0.7065 0.3851 0.8095 0.6597 0.2373
2009 588 0.5272 0.4864 0.7797 0.6581 0.2950 0.8382 0.6341 0.2133
2010 665 0.5414 0.5753 0.7932 0.7500 0.3672 0.8778 0.5893 0.2016
2011 715 0.5175 0.5035 0.7444 0.6595 0.3362 0.8320 0.5603 0.2556
2012 969 0.5067 0.5259 0.7992 0.6925 0.3515 0.8676 0.6607 0.2008
2013 1152 0.5243 0.5139 0.7770 0.6755 0.3358 0.8603 0.5924 0.2230
2014 923 0.5276 0.5347 0.7850 0.6715 0.3807 0.8777 0.6024 0.2130
Career60430.52240.52840.77690.68750.35310.85190.61630.2209

Injury History

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
11 yrPrevious$12,655,000
2011Current$1,750,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$14,405,000
1 yrFuture$2,750,000
13 yrTotal$17,155,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 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.
  • 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).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .231 .297 .310 .229
11 vs R (Multi) .237 .292 .338 .237
18 Split (Multi) .006 -.004 .027 .008
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .242 .302 .326 .236
31 vs R (2013) .229 .284 .293 .218
38 Split (2013) -.013 -.018 -.034 -.018
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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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 Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 6576 233 29.5 31.4 3651 -11.4 -3.2 -6.1 26.3 25.3
2009 3159 125 20.4 45.3 1764 -5.2 -1.4 -5.7 19.0 39.6
2010 4080 150 22.8 39.2 2290 -10.1 -2.6 -8.0 20.2 31.2
2011 3577 114 15.6 30.6 2030 -6.8 -1.9 -6.6 13.7 24.0
2012 6143 182 25.9 29.5 3277 -9.3 -2.5 -5.4 23.4 24.1
2013 6423 194 28.4 30.9 3499 -8.8 -2.2 -4.5 26.2 26.5
2014 5619 139 19.3 24.1 3206 -14.9 -4.1 -9.0 15.2 15.1
total 35577 1133 160.7 31.6 19717 -61.9 -16.8 -6.0 143.9 25.7

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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