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Birth Date10-6-1981
Height6' 4"
Weight255 lbs
Age32 years, 11 months, 24 days
BatsR
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1.72010
1.22011
0.62012
-0.42013
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
2007 WAS 25 12 11 51.0 49.3 1.7 5 3 0 0 2 0 247 59 35 34 9 96 38 38 0 43 6.00 6.02 5.83 2.2 0.1
2008 WAS 26 69 0 84.3 0.0 84.3 6 3 9 4 0 0 364 73 40 37 9 118 42 35 1 93 3.95 3.82 4.14 9.2 0.9
2009 PIT 27 33 0 31.3 0.0 31.3 0 1 0 1 0 0 134 23 12 6 0 30 20 19 1 37 1.72 2.71 2.28 8.3 0.8
2009 WAS 27 34 0 32.7 0.0 32.7 1 3 5 5 0 0 163 50 28 28 3 76 14 14 2 35 7.71 3.58 4.12 4.0 0.4
2010 PIT 28 72 0 69.7 0.0 69.7 4 1 6 4 0 0 294 58 28 28 6 92 26 26 4 100 3.62 2.65 2.69 16.1 1.7
2011 PIT 29 70 0 68.7 0.0 68.7 1 4 40 4 0 0 274 56 17 14 1 70 16 14 1 61 1.83 2.15 3.01 11.0 1.2
2012 PIT 30 63 0 59.7 0.0 59.7 5 2 36 4 0 0 254 40 18 18 8 73 36 36 1 67 2.72 4.49 3.42 5.3 0.6
2013 BOS 31 9 0 7.3 0.0 7.3 0 1 4 2 0 0 37 10 8 8 4 23 6 6 0 5 9.82 11.26 11.24 -3.7 -0.4
Career36211404.749.3355.322181002420176736918617340578198188104413.853.743.8052.35.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2000 GRF Rk 12 11 55.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 WNC A 27 26 144.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 VRO A+ 25 25 143.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 JAX AA 3 3 11.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 JAX AA 23 23 133.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LVG AAA 5 5 25.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LVG AAA 25 22 119.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 5 5 21.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.488 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 23 21 111.7 5.51 32 .302 .254 .329 .376 .262 .331 63 -0.6 -0.1 0.2 -0.1
2006 JAX AA 12 12 66.0 3.70 90 .212 .232 .318 .335 .250 .188 72 7.5 0.8 10.5 1.1
2006 LVG AAA 14 14 74.1 5.60 83 .262 .277 .349 .422 .270 .268 105 3.7 0.4 4.7 0.5
2007 WAS MLB 12 11 51.0 5.83 74 .297 .267 .331 .426 .257 .318 97 -0.2 -0.0 2.2 0.1
2007 COH AAA 15 15 75.3 4.70 93 .261 .260 .328 .388 .258 .259 95 5.9 0.6 8.6 0.9
2008 WAS MLB 69 0 84.3 4.14 107 .256 .268 .338 .431 .270 .292 95 9.7 1.0 9.2 0.9
2009 PIT MLB 33 0 31.3 2.28 148 .227 .266 .336 .426 .269 .303 96 8.0 0.8 8.3 0.8
2009 WAS MLB 34 0 32.7 4.12 105 .329 .264 .333 .403 .261 .431 95 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2010 PIT MLB 72 0 69.7 2.69 135 .243 .267 .337 .429 .278 .329 94 16.1 1.7 16.1 1.7
2010 BRD A+ 2 0 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 PIT MLB 70 0 68.7 3.01 127 .201 .263 .326 .406 .266 .282 98 11.0 1.2 11.0 1.2
2012 PIT MLB 63 0 59.7 3.42 117 .246 .254 .319 .401 .259 .225 95 5.3 0.6 5.3 0.6
2013 BOS MLB 9 0 7.3 11.24 -52 .402 .254 .319 .426 .271 .273 104 -3.7 -0.4 -3.7 -0.4
2013 PAW AAA 2 0 2.0 14.20 -121 .338 .274 .348 .406 .263 .167 102 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2

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
2000 GRF Rk 3 1 0 12 11 55.0 49 23 40 4 0% .000 8.0 3.8 0.7 6.5 1.31 4.75 0.0 0.0
2001 WNC A 9 11 0 27 26 144.0 136 55 116 13 0% .000 8.5 3.4 0.8 7.2 1.33 3.38 0.0 0.0
2002 JAX AA 1 1 0 3 3 11.0 15 7 10 2 0% .361 12.3 5.7 1.6 8.2 2.00 10.64 0.0 0.0
2002 VRO A+ 10 6 0 25 25 143.7 129 51 139 11 0% .298 8.1 3.2 0.7 8.7 1.25 4.20 0.0 0.0
2003 JAX AA 10 4 0 23 23 133.3 117 53 130 5 0% .310 7.9 3.6 0.3 8.8 1.28 2.43 0.0 0.0
2003 LVG AAA 1 2 0 5 5 25.0 36 20 13 2 0% .366 13.0 7.2 0.7 4.7 2.24 10.08 0.0 0.0
2004 LVG AAA 7 7 0 25 22 119.3 128 75 97 22 0% .299 9.7 5.7 1.7 7.3 1.70 5.05 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 1 0 0 5 5 21.3 25 11 25 5 0% -.488 10.6 4.6 2.1 10.6 1.69 5.92 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 9 8 0 23 21 111.7 118 55 102 17 46% .331 9.5 4.4 1.4 8.2 1.55 4.91 0.2 -0.1
2006 LVG AAA 4 3 0 14 14 74.1 70 39 46 7 41% .268 8.5 4.7 0.9 5.6 1.47 4.49 4.7 0.5
2006 JAX AA 7 2 0 12 12 66.0 49 38 67 4 42% .188 6.7 5.2 0.5 9.1 1.32 2.59 10.5 1.1
2007 COH AAA 5 4 0 15 15 75.3 65 36 71 10 40% .259 7.8 4.3 1.2 8.5 1.34 3.71 8.6 0.9
2007 WAS MLB 5 3 0 12 11 51.0 59 38 43 9 35% .318 10.4 6.7 1.6 7.6 1.90 6.00 2.2 0.1
2008 WAS MLB 6 3 9 69 0 84.3 73 42 93 9 44% .292 7.8 4.5 1.0 9.9 1.36 3.95 9.2 0.9
2009 PIT MLB 0 1 0 33 0 31.3 23 20 37 0 28% .303 6.6 5.7 0.0 10.6 1.37 1.72 8.3 0.8
2009 WAS MLB 1 3 5 34 0 32.7 50 14 35 3 46% .431 13.8 3.9 0.8 9.6 1.96 7.71 4.0 0.4
2010 PIT MLB 4 1 6 72 0 69.7 58 26 100 6 43% .329 7.5 3.4 0.8 12.9 1.21 3.62 16.1 1.7
2010 BRD A+ 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 0 0 3 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2011 PIT MLB 1 4 40 70 0 68.7 56 16 61 1 54% .282 7.3 2.1 0.1 8.0 1.05 1.83 11.0 1.2
2012 PIT MLB 5 2 36 63 0 59.7 40 36 67 8 40% .225 6.0 5.4 1.2 10.1 1.27 2.72 5.3 0.6
2013 PAW AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 2 1 1 1 29% .167 9.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 1.50 9.00 -1.7 -0.2
2013 BOS MLB 0 1 4 9 0 7.3 10 6 5 4 38% .273 12.3 7.4 4.9 6.1 2.18 9.82 -3.7 -0.4

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 1444 0.4889 0.4626 0.7511 0.6374 0.2940 0.8711 0.5023 0.2474
2009 1190 0.4697 0.4499 0.7079 0.5975 0.3170 0.8593 0.4550 0.2921
2010 1176 0.4966 0.4552 0.6998 0.5771 0.3311 0.8338 0.4694 0.3002
2011 1023 0.5200 0.4809 0.7846 0.6579 0.2892 0.8514 0.6197 0.2134
2012 1012 0.5128 0.4694 0.7305 0.6513 0.2779 0.8550 0.4234 0.2695
2013 160 0.4188 0.4000 0.7813 0.6269 0.2366 0.8571 0.6364 0.2188
Career60050.49410.46120.73550.62320.30080.8550.49680.2638

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-02 - 60-DL - - Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Flexor Tendon Repair and Bone Chips 2013-05-16 -
2013-05-07 2013-10-31 60-DL 177 130 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Flexor Tendon Repair and Bone Chips 2013-05-16 -
2013-04-14 2013-04-30 15-DL 16 15 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-16 2012-04-21 DTD 5 4 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2010-03-26 2010-04-12 15-DL 17 6 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2010-02-17 2010-02-25 Camp 8 0 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass - -
2010-01-15 2010-01-15 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Tightness -
2009-09-16 2009-09-27 DTD 11 10 Right Elbow Soreness -
2007-04-24 2007-05-28 Minors 34 0 Groin Strain -
2004-09-01 2004-10-12 DTD 41 31 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2004-05-23 2004-06-03 Minors 11 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness - -
2004-02-26 2004-02-28 Camp 2 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 DET $1,000,000
2013 BOS $7,040,000
2012 PIT $4,100,000
2011 PIT $1,400,000
2010 PIT $453,000
2009 PIT $420,000
2009 WAS $420,000
2008 WAS $400,000
2000 PIT $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$14,433,000
2011Current$1,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$15,433,000
8 yrTotal$15,433,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 65 dReynolds Sports Management1 year/$1M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 5/2/14. May earn additional $2M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$7.04M (2013). Signed by Boston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.1M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/16/12 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $10,000 each for 40, 45 games finished. $15,000 each for 50, 60 GF. Acquired by Boston in trade from Pittsburgh 12/26/12.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.453M (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2009). Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Washington 6/30/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2008). Re-signed by Washington 1/25/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed as a free agent 11/06. Contract purchased 11/06. Re-signed 2/07.
  • Drafted 2002 (2-57). $0.615M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .184 .289 .318 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .345 .438 .273
18 Split (Multi) -.077 -.056 -.119 -.048
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .235 .350 .412 .257
31 vs R (2013) .462 .562 1.231 .543
38 Split (2013) -.226 -.213 -.819 -.286
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like there are a number of older "proven closers" on the free agent market with only a handful of opportunities out there- Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Joe Nathan, Fernando Rodney, Edward Mujica not to mention the injury reclamation projects like Brian Wilson, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan. With the success that the Cardinals had moving Edward Mujica back two innings and then doing the same with Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez in the playoffs, are the days of spending big on closers finally over? Does a team like the Cubs with no great in house solution and a smart front office take advantage of the oversaturated market or pass on all those guys?
(Scott from LA)
We'll continue to see a wide variety of approaches to how teams handle the late innings. On the one hand there is certainly something to the idea that there are people who can close and people who can't. But you'd be hard pressed to get a closer enough innings in a season to justify paying big for them (unless, like the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, etc. you simply have the money to spend). St. Louis has such a glut of arms they have no reason to go outside the org, but for many teams there simply aren't good reasons to limit a young, high ceiling arm to a closer role. I imagine the Cubs will look for a reasonably priced arm that they think can handle the job, rather than committing more money over multiple years. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you find to be the most irritating children's programming? I think I have an 80 "nails-on-chalkboard" tool...
(Wubbzy Wubbzy from Wow Wow)
I try to keep the TV on only moderately irritating child's programming if I'm keeping the TV to child's programming at all. I guess to answer your question though, I find the Joel Hanrahan giving up bombs to be about the most irritating child's programming I can imagine. (Matthew Kory)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Matthew. I watched the first few innings of Dickey's start against the Sox from the Rogers Centre pressbox, and caused a considerable commotion, repeatedly smashing my head against the wall. Could you articulate the emotions you felt during that eventful opening frame? I'd tell you how I felt, but the expletives might offend some readers.
(Jonah Birenbaum from Ottawa)
I was expecting a pitcher's duel between Dickey and Jon Lester. Lester showed up at least. No, I thought that Dickey just didn't look right and then he tried to sneak a fastball past Will Middlebrooks with two on and two in and that didn't work. Still, I think it's just two bad starts and the chances are good Dickey figures this out and starts pitching more to what was expected of him.

And now I realize that I didn't answer your question. Elation is what I felt. It's wonderful to see the Red Sox play good baseball after the last few seasons, Joel Hanrahan's performance last night notwithstanding. Is that one word? Three words? Two and a half? The cold is numbing my brain. I need to go inside. (Matthew Kory)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the chances of Axford and Madson getting their jobs back this year?
(johnny fastball from Washington State)
Axford isn't that good but the Brewers are low on options so it's quite possible. Madson just has to get healthy before you even think about putting him in the closer's role. Man, that guy is a walking (or not walking, depending on the day) poster-board for why giving big money to relievers isn't a good idea.

Joel Hanrahan is another. ARG! (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Wow, so I'm not the only one w/ a Cespedes trade. I was offered Ricky Romero and Joel Hanrahan for Cespedes and Benoit. No brainer, right? Can always pluck an OF off waivers with decent pop (I hope).
(Jake from Springfield)
And the Cespedes train keeps rolling... Yeah, I'll go for that trade too. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I hear that odds are Pads won't re-sign Heath Bell, but who else is giving him offers? Also, if he leaves San Diego, would that hurt his fantasy value (worse ballpark) or help (better team)?
(Noah Braun from San Diego)
I haven't heard of any concrete offers yet, but the Red Sox sound like they’re going to be in on the remaining top closers (Bell and Ryan Madson). The Jays have been linked, but it seems more likely they’ll go for a cheaper option. Other teams without clear closers like the Reds and Dodgers could also get involved. The Padres might still be the favorite, though, especially if the Red Sox go a different direction (i.e. Madson, a cheaper option to compete with Bard, or a trade for someone like Joel Hanrahan).

It would likely hurt his value if he did leave, but the extent would depend on where he ends up. Being on a better team is more important for starting pitchers than relievers, since offense has a smaller impact on save chances than it does on a starter’s wins. The defense will of course matter for his ratios, but as long as he’s a closer, he’ll be a good bet for 30-35 saves, as he would be in San Diego. It’s also worth noting that Bell saw a big drop in K rate this year (20% compared to 29% in 2009-2010), and Pecto actually inflates Ks by 10 percent over a neutral park. That’s going to be something we’ll really need to keep an eye on next year, but it's not enough to make me shy away from him if I need a closer in my leagues and he's affordable. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Ben Who gets more saves this year, Brad Lidge or Evan Meek? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Lidge. Joel Hanrahan still seems to have the upper hand in Pittsburgh. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Bucs are supposedly close to signing Dotel, Carrasco, and some mystery third reliever. Any idea who that is? And doesn't their bullpen suddenly look better?
(Bucsin07 from Pittsburgh)
Well, it would be hard for their bullpen to look worse. There's not a whole lot there right now beyond Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek. (John Perrotto)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given Manny Acta's limited options, is he going to stick with Joel Hanrahan at closer after his awful start, or is he going to give a guy like Jason Bergmann a shot (a failed started with good stuff and health issues)?
(Peeig13 from The Second City)
This is my darkhorse for the Nationals' closer: Kip Wells. His results have never matched his stuff as a closer and a lot of times many pitchers who fit that profile wind up being good closers for a time. Eric Gagne is a prime example. (John Perrotto)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You should take the over on the Nationals. You have them at 72, one down from last year's 73. With the upgrades in the OF (Nook/Langerhans for Lastings, Church/Snelling for Wily Mo/Dukes), Nick Johnson coming back, and an improved rotation (giving the innings that went to Jerome Williams, Joel Hanrahan, and Mike Bascik to Odalis Perez, John Patterson, John Lannan, Tyler Clippard, etc.) this team will be better.
(sbiel2 from Washington, DC)
You could be right there. One thing that PECOTA doesn't know, can't know yet, is just how all those playing time decisions will be made. Right now we have a best guess. As we see how the team sorts itself out, that prediction will be open to revision. (Steven Goldman)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Joel Hanrahan threw 6,282 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph) and Slider (86mph).