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Birth Date2-10-1980
Height5' 9"
Weight180 lbs
Age34 years, 5 months, 22 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
-1.62010
-0.12011
-0.22012
-0.52013
-0.22014
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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
2001 TOR 21 46 140 134 19 36 6 2 2 52 2 15 0 0 4 9 8 1 .269 .279 .388 .224 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2002 LAN 22 135 468 439 43 102 24 2 1 133 14 39 0 5 10 31 7 7 .232 .253 .303 .201 -14.8 -7.9 -2.3
2003 LAN 23 158 593 558 47 140 21 6 1 176 25 70 0 3 7 40 10 5 .251 .282 .315 .213 -5.4 14.2 0.9
2004 LAN 24 159 728 670 90 193 32 9 4 255 43 70 0 3 12 62 25 9 .288 .330 .381 .250 25.5 -0.1 2.5
2005 LAN 25 106 478 444 48 114 19 2 2 143 25 51 4 1 4 31 8 8 .257 .302 .322 .219 -2.9 5.1 0.2
2006 CHN 26 22 79 73 4 17 2 0 0 19 5 8 0 0 1 6 0 1 .233 .282 .260 .180 -4.6 -0.8 -0.5
2006 LAN 26 32 129 119 10 30 7 1 1 42 7 6 2 1 0 12 1 3 .252 .302 .353 .251 3.8 4.0 0.8
2007 CHN 27 65 207 191 15 47 11 0 0 58 13 16 1 0 2 8 3 0 .246 .298 .304 .218 0.6 -1.5 -0.1
2007 PIT 27 45 130 123 16 34 3 2 0 41 6 3 0 0 1 8 0 3 .276 .310 .333 .231 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
2008 SLN 28 135 454 414 50 109 10 3 1 128 29 26 6 2 3 24 24 6 .263 .319 .309 .232 8.3 8.7 1.7
2009 BAL 29 114 412 387 34 99 14 4 2 127 18 38 3 0 4 30 12 4 .256 .294 .328 .209 -10.5 9.9 -0.1
2010 BAL 30 150 513 473 42 109 13 1 1 127 25 53 6 2 7 28 11 5 .230 .277 .268 .197 -8.0 -6.9 -1.6
2011 BAL 31 18 33 30 4 6 0 0 0 6 2 10 0 0 1 1 0 0 .200 .250 .200 .168 -2.2 1.6 -0.1
2012 MIL 32 57 169 162 9 38 6 2 2 54 3 13 0 0 4 11 1 1 .235 .248 .333 .189 -5.9 2.6 -0.3
2012 WAS 32 5 4 4 4 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750 .408 1.6 -0.0 0.2
2013 CIN 33 63 142 129 6 27 8 0 0 35 9 13 0 1 3 11 0 0 .209 .259 .271 .201 -5.2 0.4 -0.5
Career13104679435044111031773417139922643122186331211053.254.293.322.218-21.828.20.4

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
1997 STC A- 0 247 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .212 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HAG A 0 435 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUN A+ 0 564 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SYR AAA 0 456 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .243 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 46 140 .224 .265 .331 .420 .263 .291 97 -5.5 3.8 0.1 -0.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2001 SYR AAA 87 362 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 LAN MLB 135 468 .201 .261 .326 .418 .258 .250 93 -29.3 11.9 6.1 -7.9 -3.0 -14.8 -2.3 -14.8 -2.3
2003 LAN MLB 158 593 .213 .263 .329 .423 .260 .284 92 -30.1 15.6 8 14.2 -1.2 -5.4 0.9 -5.4 0.9
2004 LAN MLB 159 728 .250 .267 .334 .432 .264 .316 95 -8.2 21.7 10 -0.1 4.0 25.5 2.5 25.5 2.5
2005 LAN MLB 106 478 .219 .269 .329 .428 .263 .286 96 -20.9 13.7 6.3 5.1 0.2 -2.9 0.2 -2.9 0.2
2006 CHN MLB 22 79 .180 .259 .325 .416 .257 .262 100 -7.1 2.4 1 -0.8 0.4 -4.6 -0.5 -4.6 -0.5
2006 LAN MLB 32 129 .251 .264 .327 .423 .262 .257 96 -1.3 3.9 0.6 4.0 0.0 3.8 0.8 3.8 0.8
2006 LVG AAA 15 70 .260 .282 .352 .441 .274 .286 110 0 2.0 0.4 0.2 0.9 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2007 CHN MLB 65 207 .218 .276 .334 .437 .263 .269 101 -9.6 6.1 2.7 -1.5 1.4 0.6 -0.1 0.6 -0.1
2007 PIT MLB 45 130 .231 .272 .337 .431 .263 .283 100 -4.2 3.9 1.4 -0.9 -1.7 -2.0 -0.3 -2.0 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 135 454 .232 .264 .334 .418 .264 .278 96 -13.4 13.1 5.9 8.7 0.5 8.3 1.7 8.3 1.7
2009 BAL MLB 114 412 .209 .265 .334 .422 .259 .280 108 -22.4 11.9 5.4 9.9 -4.5 -10.5 -0.1 -10.5 -0.1
2009 BOW AA 2 7 .252 .279 .345 .398 .273 .333 91 -0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 BAL MLB 150 513 .197 .257 .322 .401 .255 .257 112 -33 14.1 6.5 -6.9 2.0 -8.0 -1.6 -8.0 -1.6
2011 BAL MLB 18 33 .168 .263 .335 .419 .266 .300 106 -3 0.9 0.3 1.6 -0.5 -2.2 -0.1 -2.2 -0.1
2011 BOW AA 7 29 .265 .262 .332 .412 .279 .286 79 0.2 0.9 -0.1 -0.4 -0.5 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2011 ORI Rk 1 2 -.033 .244 .280 .404 .252 .000 82 -0.7 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2012 MIL MLB 57 169 .189 .254 .316 .403 .262 .245 108 -11.9 4.6 1.9 2.6 -1.7 -5.9 -0.3 -5.9 -0.3
2012 WAS MLB 5 4 .408 .251 .315 .445 .281 .500 94 0.6 0.1 0 -0.0 0.9 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2012 NAS AAA 4 13 .126 .268 .335 .411 .267 .091 94 -2 0.4 0.1 0.3 -0.0 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2013 CIN MLB 63 142 .201 .256 .325 .394 .264 .231 101 -8.1 3.7 0.8 0.4 -1.0 -5.2 -0.5 -5.2 -0.5

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
1997 STC A- 247 32 44 3 0 1 11 15 27 6 3 .190 .243 .216 .026 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HAG A 435 56 108 13 1 1 38 20 43 20 9 .262 .299 .305 .044 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUN A+ 564 77 165 28 12 3 77 22 58 32 16 .308 .342 .422 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SYR AAA 456 54 95 16 5 0 27 20 44 21 11 .218 .254 .278 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 362 32 100 16 3 2 35 10 22 24 9 .292 .311 .374 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 140 19 36 6 2 2 9 2 15 8 1 .269 .279 .388 .119 .224 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2002 LAN MLB 468 43 102 24 2 1 31 14 39 7 7 .232 .253 .303 .071 .201 -14.8 -7.9 -2.3
2003 LAN MLB 593 47 140 21 6 1 40 25 70 10 5 .251 .282 .315 .065 .213 -5.4 14.2 0.9
2004 LAN MLB 728 90 193 32 9 4 62 43 70 25 9 .288 .330 .381 .093 .250 25.5 -0.1 2.5
2005 LAN MLB 478 48 114 19 2 2 31 25 51 8 8 .257 .302 .322 .065 .219 -2.9 5.1 0.2
2006 CHN MLB 79 4 17 2 0 0 6 5 8 0 1 .233 .282 .260 .027 .180 -4.6 -0.8 -0.5
2006 LVG AAA 70 9 16 3 0 0 3 10 3 0 0 .271 .377 .322 .051 .260 2.3 0.2 0.2
2006 LAN MLB 129 10 30 7 1 1 12 7 6 1 3 .252 .302 .353 .101 .251 3.8 4.0 0.8
2007 CHN MLB 207 15 47 11 0 0 8 13 16 3 0 .246 .298 .304 .058 .218 0.6 -1.5 -0.1
2007 PIT MLB 130 16 34 3 2 0 8 6 3 0 3 .276 .310 .333 .057 .231 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 454 50 109 10 3 1 24 29 26 24 6 .263 .319 .309 .046 .232 8.3 8.7 1.7
2009 BOW AA 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 .252 0.2 0.1 0.0
2009 BAL MLB 412 34 99 14 4 2 30 18 38 12 4 .256 .294 .328 .072 .209 -10.5 9.9 -0.1
2010 BAL MLB 513 42 109 13 1 1 28 25 53 11 5 .230 .277 .268 .038 .197 -8.0 -6.9 -1.6
2011 ORI Rk 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.033 -0.6 0.1 -0.1
2011 BOW AA 29 3 6 1 0 0 3 2 5 0 1 .240 .286 .280 .040 .265 0.6 -0.4 0.0
2011 BAL MLB 33 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 10 0 0 .200 .250 .200 .000 .168 -2.2 1.6 -0.1
2012 MIL MLB 169 9 38 6 2 2 11 3 13 1 1 .235 .248 .333 .099 .189 -5.9 2.6 -0.3
2012 WAS MLB 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750 .250 .408 1.6 -0.0 0.2
2012 NAS AAA 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .000 .126 -1.4 0.3 -0.1
2013 CIN MLB 142 6 27 8 0 0 11 9 13 0 0 .209 .259 .271 .062 .201 -5.2 0.4 -0.5

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 1522 0.5361 0.4654 0.9264 0.6373 0.2649 0.9654 0.8182 0.0736
2009 1382 0.5514 0.5051 0.9155 0.6535 0.3226 0.9558 0.8150 0.0831
2010 1668 0.5438 0.5039 0.8952 0.6174 0.3679 0.9536 0.7786 0.1000
2011 114 0.5965 0.4825 0.7091 0.6029 0.3043 0.7805 0.5000 0.2909
2012 547 0.5558 0.5128 0.9321 0.6480 0.3416 0.9746 0.8313 0.0679
2013 426 0.5117 0.5094 0.8710 0.6972 0.3125 0.9079 0.7846 0.1290
Career56590.54340.49470.90650.64020.32110.95240.79810.0917

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-26 2012-06-22 15-DL 27 24 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-08-08 2011-09-29 15-DL 52 51 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-05-13 2011-08-05 60-DL 84 72 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2011-05-24
2011-03-08 2011-03-11 Camp 3 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2010-03-28 2010-03-29 Camp 1 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2009-09-26 2009-09-27 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2009-06-04 2009-07-10 15-DL 36 31 Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2009-06-05
2009-05-17 2009-05-22 DTD 5 4 Left Groin Strain -
2008-06-21 2008-07-06 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-04-23 2008-04-26 DTD 3 3 Right Forearm Contusion -
2006-09-16 2006-10-01 DTD 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-22 2006-09-11 15-DL 20 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-09 2006-08-13 DTD 4 4 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-04-01 2006-06-21 60-DL 81 70 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-09-16
2005-09-07 2005-09-07 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-09-16
2005-08-23 2005-10-01 15-DL 39 36 Low Back Spasms -
2005-08-11 2005-08-12 DTD 1 1 Low Back Spasms -
2005-06-30 2005-07-15 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-15 2005-06-19 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-12 2005-06-14 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-05-01 2005-05-04 DTD 3 3 Back Soreness -
2004-09-10 2004-09-28 DTD 18 17 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2004-06-30 2004-07-02 DTD 2 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2004-06-01 2004-06-03 DTD 2 2 Head Concussion HBP -
2003-12-11 2003-12-11 Off 0 0 Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2003-06-30 2003-07-01 DTD 1 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2003-04-09 2003-04-10 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 CIN $800,000
2012 MIL $875,000
2011 BAL $1,500,000
2010 BAL $2,600,000
2009 BAL $2,400,000
2008 SLN $2,850,000
2007 CHN $4,150,000
2006 LAN $3,100,000
2005 LAN $2,050,000
2004 LAN $358,500
2003 LAN $335,000
2002 LAN $215,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$21,233,500
12 yrTotal$21,233,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 42 dPeter Greenberg1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/14/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Houston 3/24/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 1/14/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.8M in majors. If not on Major League roster by 6/1/13, may request release or be added to roster within 72 hours. Contract purchased by Cincinnati 3/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.875M (2012). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/21/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 4/1/12. Claimed by Washington off waivers from Milwaukee 8/6/12. DFA by Washington 8/17/12 (refused assignment 8/20/12).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2011). Re-signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/5/11. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 350, 400, 450, 500 PAs. $0.2M each for 550, 600 PAs. $50,000 each for 80, 90 starts. $0.1M each for 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 starts.
  • 2 years/$5M (2009-10). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 12/11/08. 09:$2.4M, 10:$2.6M. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 400, 450 PAs. $0.1M for 500 PAs. $50,000 each for 100, 110 starts. $0.1M each for 120, 130, 140 starts.
  • 1 year/$2.85M (2008). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 11/30/07. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 400, 450 PAs. $0.15M each for 500, 550, 600 PAs.
  • 3 years/$9.9M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option. $0.3M signing bonus. 05:$2.05M, 06:$3.1M, 07:$4.15M, 08:$5.45M club option, $0.3M buyout. Option may increase to $5.85M. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from LA Dodgers 7/06. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Cubs 7/19/07. Pittsburgh declined $5.45M 2008 option 11/15/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3585M (2004). Re-signed 3/04.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2003).
  • 1 year (2002). Signed 3/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Recalled 6/01. Optioned to Triple-A 8/01. Recalled 9/01. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Toronto 12/01.
  • Signed by Toronto as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .236 .263 .290 .205
11 vs R (Multi) .225 .269 .297 .198
18 Split (Multi) -.012 .005 .007 -.006
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .257 .278 .343 .239
31 vs R (2013) .191 .252 .245 .181
38 Split (2013) -.066 -.025 -.098 -.058
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a problem is it for the Orioles to lose Matusz and Hardy to the disabled list?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Given that Matusz's injury gave the Orioles an excuse to call up Zach Britton, not a huge one. Hardy's was a tough loss, plunging the O's back into the dark days of "Cesar Izturis, starting shortstop," but he'll be back in six weeks or so. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What the hell happened to Chin Lung Hu? I get the .900 OPS at Vegas was a PCL-driven mirage - but can he still be a serviceable MLB SS, given how awful the average really is?
(RC from Amazing Race Commercials. Ugh.)
Actually, that career year (2007, I believe) came mostly at Jacksonville, not Vegas. That in theory should make it look even better, and it did get him up on the prospect charts, but he's never been able to match it. I think he gets a bad rap because of his atrocious 2008 filling in at the big league level when every Dodger shortstop was hurt (they actually had to go out and get Angel "of Death" Berroa, for chrissakes), but he'll never be more than a below-average hitter.

Still, his fielding is so good that if he's less than league average at the plate, that's a shortstop who can at least be a placeholder until you find someone better. It's the Cesar Izturis career path. (Mike Petriello)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of ceiling do you see for Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
In a few years hell be able to afford whatever type of ceiling he wants tin, mahogany, mother-of-pearl, his choice. Hes not going to develop Hanley-esque power, wont steal plenty of bases, and isnt a superlative shortstop. However, the kid can flat-out hit, and should maintain enough of an average to keep his OBP acceptable. In this day and age, when Cesar Izturis still has a job and Ryan Theriot is viewed as a SS upgrade by a contender, hes got a well-rounded skill-set that will soon be worth millions. Peak of Edgar Renteria, maybe? (Ken Funck)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm staring at using Alex Escobar or Ian Desmond every day at SS in an OBP/SLG redraft league. Maintain the course with two of my favorite preseason SS sleepers, or upgrade quickly?
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would upgrade if you can, but SS is an easy position to punt as well. I have Cesar Izturis in an AL-only league and don't even feel bad about it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)As an A's fan i'm tired of cabrera/crosby, they are horrible. I see cliff pennington in AAA doing well, any chance he can be a starting SS in the ryan theriot/pre 09 bartlett type till grant green is ready?
(eric from sacramento)
I'd certainly rather see that, although admittedly is of a piece with my scientific curiosity as far as Eric Patterson's utility. If Pennington can play short well enough in the interim, that's better than winding up with the odd Cesar Izturis type, which at this point given Cabrera and Crosby's feckless performances, seems relatively like high-grade feck to me. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Robert Andino is ready to be a starter,or is back-up his peak?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
He can be Cesar Izturis next year, a starter on a bad team that doesn't have many other options and has no need to spend money on the hole. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Orioles make any attempts to fix the situation at SS? You think they'll miss Rocky?
(Corkedbat from Dallas)
They are on the verge of signing Cesar Izturis to play shortstop. While I love his name, I don't think Rocky Cherry will be missed. (John Perrotto)


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