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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
10 322.7 14 18 93 396 4.07 4.4
Birth Date7-7-1973
Height6' 1"
Weight181 lbs
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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
1995 FLO 21 12 0 13.3 0.0 13.3 0 1 0 0 0 0 64 12 8 7 1 18 13 13 0 15 4.72 4.71 4.56 1.3 0.1
1996 FLO 22 14 0 18.3 0.0 18.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 89 13 13 13 2 22 21 20 1 25 6.38 5.38 5.93 -1.8 -0.1
1998 FLO 24 42 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 3 4 9 3 0 0 224 38 19 18 1 54 23 20 7 63 2.96 2.65 2.60 13.1 1.3
1999 ARI 25 30 0 29.0 0.0 29.0 0 1 22 3 0 0 127 20 10 9 1 32 19 19 3 49 2.79 2.42 2.45 9.9 0.9
1999 FLO 25 35 0 36.3 0.0 36.3 1 2 10 2 0 0 157 24 11 11 4 39 25 24 2 50 2.72 3.98 4.13 4.9 0.5
2000 ARI 26 47 0 45.3 0.0 45.3 1 1 17 3 0 0 200 31 24 23 4 51 35 34 2 53 4.57 4.31 4.14 7.8 0.7
2001 ARI 27 8 0 7.0 0.0 7.0 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 6 2 2 2 14 4 4 0 12 2.57 5.01 3.96 0.9 0.1
2002 ARI 28 31 0 26.7 0.0 26.7 2 2 0 1 0 0 122 28 15 14 3 44 12 12 1 26 4.72 3.85 4.17 3.8 0.4
2003 ARI 29 50 0 55.0 0.0 55.0 5 4 29 3 0 0 220 37 17 16 6 60 18 17 2 68 2.62 3.01 3.48 10.1 1.0
2004 ARI 30 12 0 10.7 0.0 10.7 0 3 4 3 0 0 55 17 15 14 5 35 6 5 0 13 11.81 8.30 8.31 -4.3 -0.4
2005 BOS 31 34 0 26.3 0.0 26.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 125 23 20 19 1 33 24 23 5 22 6.49 5.18 6.39 -0.6 -0.1
Career3150322.70.0322.71418931900141424915414630402200191233964.073.864.0645.14.4

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
1993 BLN A- 26 0 25.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WIS A 48 0 48.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 FLO MLB 12 0 13.3 4.56 102 .289 .264 .324 .416 .258 .314 100 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
1995 PME AA 8 0 11.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CHR AAA 8 0 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FLO MLB 14 0 18.3 5.93 79 .272 .260 .326 .420 .250 .275 104 -1.5 -0.1 -1.8 -0.1
1996 CHR AAA 7 0 7.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BRV A+ 4 0 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PME AA 5 0 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 FLO MLB 42 0 54.7 2.60 141 .228 .262 .328 .414 .258 .285 95 13.1 1.3 13.1 1.3
1998 CHR AAA 16 0 16.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 ARI MLB 30 0 29.0 2.45 151 .223 .267 .344 .418 .259 .345 100 9.9 0.9 9.9 0.9
1999 FLO MLB 35 0 36.3 4.13 113 .234 .273 .352 .439 .268 .263 95 5.1 0.5 4.9 0.5
2000 ARI MLB 47 0 45.3 4.14 117 .230 .272 .348 .449 .265 .255 99 7.8 0.7 7.8 0.7
2000 TUC AAA 4 2 3.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 8 0 7.0 3.96 123 .243 .276 .323 .448 .256 .308 108 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2002 ARI MLB 31 0 26.7 4.17 110 .273 .264 .333 .430 .267 .312 103 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2002 ELP AA 4 3 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TUC AAA 9 1 10.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ARI MLB 50 0 55.0 3.48 128 .208 .260 .328 .416 .259 .246 104 10.1 1.0 10.1 1.0
2003 TUC AAA 3 0 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .125 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ARI MLB 12 0 10.7 8.31 28 .380 .259 .321 .427 .258 .387 103 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2005 BOS MLB 34 0 26.3 6.39 72 .269 .270 .332 .429 .266 .301 106 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2006 TOL AAA 4 0 5.2 4.53 86 .095 .255 .331 .382 .255 .167 96 0.1 0.0 0.1 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
1993 BLN A- 1 1 12 26 0 25.7 26 15 34 2 0% .000 9.1 5.3 0.7 11.9 1.60 5.95 0.0 0.0
1994 WIS A 5 1 26 48 0 48.0 42 21 70 2 0% .000 7.9 3.9 0.4 13.1 1.31 2.06 0.0 0.0
1995 FLO MLB 0 1 0 12 0 13.3 12 13 15 1 37% .314 8.1 8.8 0.7 10.1 1.88 4.72 1.3 0.1
1995 CHR AAA 0 1 0 8 0 7.0 1 5 10 1 0% .000 1.3 6.4 1.3 12.9 0.86 2.57 0.0 0.0
1995 PME AA 1 0 1 8 0 11.3 10 5 15 0 0% .000 8.0 4.0 0.0 11.9 1.33 2.39 0.0 0.0
1996 FLO MLB 1 0 0 14 0 18.3 13 21 25 2 64% .275 6.4 10.3 1.0 12.3 1.85 6.38 -1.8 -0.1
1996 CHR AAA 0 2 2 7 0 7.7 6 7 8 1 0% .000 7.0 8.2 1.2 9.4 1.69 4.68 0.0 0.0
1997 PME AA 1 0 0 5 0 4.0 1 8 7 0 0% .167 2.2 18.0 0.0 15.8 2.25 6.75 0.0 0.0
1997 BRV A+ 0 0 0 4 0 6.0 4 6 11 1 0% .333 6.0 9.0 1.5 16.5 1.67 6.00 0.0 0.0
1998 FLO MLB 3 4 9 42 0 54.7 38 23 63 1 33% .285 6.3 3.8 0.2 10.4 1.12 2.96 13.1 1.3
1998 CHR AAA 1 2 3 16 0 16.3 11 18 25 2 0% .000 6.1 9.9 1.1 13.8 1.78 5.52 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB 1 2 10 35 0 36.3 24 25 50 4 29% .263 5.9 6.2 1.0 12.4 1.35 2.72 4.9 0.5
1999 ARI MLB 0 1 22 30 0 29.0 20 19 49 1 32% .345 6.2 5.9 0.3 15.2 1.34 2.79 9.9 0.9
2000 ARI MLB 1 1 17 47 0 45.3 31 35 53 4 29% .255 6.2 6.9 0.8 10.5 1.46 4.57 7.8 0.7
2000 TUC AAA 0 0 0 4 2 3.7 1 3 2 0 0% .000 2.4 7.3 0.0 4.9 1.08 2.43 0.0 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 0 0 2 8 0 7.0 6 4 12 2 22% .308 7.7 5.1 2.6 15.4 1.43 2.57 0.9 0.1
2002 ARI MLB 2 2 0 31 0 26.7 28 12 26 3 31% .312 9.4 4.0 1.0 8.8 1.50 4.72 3.8 0.4
2002 TUC AAA 1 0 0 9 1 10.0 8 4 9 0 0% .267 7.2 3.6 0.0 8.1 1.20 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 ELP AA 0 1 0 4 3 4.0 3 1 5 0 0% .300 6.8 2.2 0.0 11.2 1.00 2.25 0.0 0.0
2003 ARI MLB 5 4 29 50 0 55.0 37 18 68 6 40% .246 6.1 2.9 1.0 11.1 1.00 2.62 10.1 1.0
2003 TUC AAA 0 0 0 3 0 4.0 2 0 4 1 0% .125 4.5 0.0 2.2 9.0 0.50 2.25 0.0 0.0
2004 ARI MLB 0 3 4 12 0 10.7 17 6 13 5 28% .387 14.3 5.1 4.2 11.0 2.16 11.81 -4.3 -0.4
2005 BOS MLB 1 0 0 34 0 26.3 23 24 22 1 38% .301 7.9 8.2 0.3 7.5 1.78 6.49 -0.6 -0.1
2006 TOL AAA 0 0 0 4 0 5.2 1 5 5 0 33% .167 1.7 8.7 0.0 8.7 1.15 0.00 0.1 0.0

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2005-07-01 2005-10-08 60-DL 99 85 Left Ankle Surgery Ligament 2005-07-21
2004-05-09 2004-10-04 60-DL 148 133 Right Shoulder Surgery Bone Spur Causing Labrum Fraying 2004-06-24
2003-05-27 2003-06-30 15-DL 34 29 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2002-03-30 2002-06-27 60-DL 89 76 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2001-06-19
2001-04-25 2001-11-05 60-DL 194 142 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2001-06-19
2000-05-04 2000-05-25 15-DL 21 18 Right Shoulder Fatigue - -
2000-04-03 2000-04-22 15-DL 19 17 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps - -
1998-08-19 1998-09-05 15-DL 17 16 Right Ankle Sprain - -
1997-03-31 1997-10-27 60-DL 210 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Rotator Cuff Surgical Date Is Estimated 1996-08-23 -
1996-06-19 1996-09-30 60-DL 103 92 Right Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff Surgery Date Is Estimated 1996-08-23 -
1996-05-26 1996-06-15 15-DL 20 16 - Not Disclosed - -
1995-07-28 1995-09-01 15-DL 35 33 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc Surgical Date Is Estimated 1995-08-15 -
1995-04-25 1995-06-18 15-DL 54 47 - Low Back Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 DET $575,000
2005 BOS $750,000
2004 ARI $7,000,000
2003 ARI $6,750,000
2002 ARI $4,333,333
2001 ARI $3,583,333
2000 ARI $2,831,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$25,822,666
7 yrTotal$25,822,666

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 131 dBob Garber1 yr/$0.39M (08)

Details
  • released 3/4/08
  • FA 1/11/08, 1 year/$0.39M (08) (minor-league contract)
  • released 3/06 signed as a free agent from BOS 1/06, 1 year/$0.575M (06) (minor-league contract) $0.35M bonuses ($50K each 20,30g, $0.75M 40g, $0.1M each 50,60g)
  • signed as a free agent from AZ 12/04, 1 year/$0.75M (05)
  • club declined 04 option 11/04
  • 3 year/$15M (01-03)+$7M 04 club option
  • $1M signing bonus, 01:$3.25M, 02:$4M, 03:$6.75M (1/2 last 3 years deferred)

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2006 An interesting, low-risk gamble by the Red Sox last winter, Mantei pitched poorly before being shut down with a sprained ankle. His K rate was by far the worst of his career, and he walked nearly a batter an inning, so there may have been some arm issues as well. In the unlikely event that he ever puts together six healthy months again, he might have some value. A mass breakout of world peace is more likely: according to the Baseball Encyclopedia, Mantei has spent 948 days, or roughly six full seasons, on the shelf, making him the second most-idle player in history since the DL came into regular use in the late 1940s. He`s a non-roster invite with the Tigers this spring.
2005 Having soaked the Snakes for several pretty pennies over the years, as far as Arizona's concerned, you have to want them to have learned not to overpay for closers, or at least closers with trick elbows. Nevertheless, picking him up is not a terrible risk for the Red Sox to take. If he's healthy at the right time, he can help you win a few games, but knowing which weeks he'll be available to pitch is the province of the Amazing Kreskin and people given to interpreting X-Files reruns.
2003 Command was lacking after the extended layoff, but really, the command was lacking before the extended layoff. Heís under contract for a minimum of one more year, and if healthy, could enter the mix as either a closer or setup guy, or anything in between. The Snakes have a lot of good options available in the pen, so Mantei will have to be nasty if he wants to regain and retain the closer position.
2002 Mantei got hurt. In other news, air is made of nitrogen and oxygen, the sun rose in the east this morning, and the Berkeley city council opposed the bombing of Afghanistan. The Mantei deal is probably Joe Garagiola Jr.ís defining accomplishment, the move that made it clear to fans that he didnít understand the first thing about building a baseball team. Even if Mantei had been healthy all year, couldnít Arizona have used a third starter like Brad Penny in the playoffs?
2001 Because of his awful first half, Matt Mantei spent much of the season being second-guessed and accused of overthinking on the mound. By August, he had junked his curve and was bumping a slider from the project stage to his second pitch. Heís still pumping gas up around 98 mph but is too wild to be the kind of closer the Snakes pretended he was when they gave up three top prospects to get him.
2000 Yes, heís one of the better closers in the league, but was he really worth Brad Penny and Vlad Nunez? Nevertheless, for the dear price they paid, the Diamondbacks picked up a fine pitcher who is young, has no health issues or platoon split to speak of, and isnít making a lot of money. I canít blame the front office for wanting a closer like this, rather than Gregg Olson.
1999 Its amazing that Mantei still throws hard. Drafted Rule 5 out of the Mariners organization before Ď95, but went down with a herniated disk. Almost as soon as he came back, he had shoulder trouble for almost two years before having rotator cuff surgery. Throws hard heat with movement, and works high. In Floridaís humid air, that spells success. I donít like his chances of staying healthy, but if he can, heíll be a great closer, and he wonít need years of preparation to do it.
1997 An intriguing Rule V find in the 1995 draft, Mantei didnít flinch at a promotion from the Midwest League to the majors. Has a genuine power arm and the stuff to dominate, but heís still wilder than a rodeo steer and it may be a few years before his control is up to snuff. I suspect it will eventually; hanging around Robb Nen, who was once as untamed as Mantei is, should help.
1996  This guy is an interesting project. After striking out over a third of the batters he faced for Appleton in 1994, the Marlins snatched him in the Rule V draft and brought him all the way to the majors. Despite clearly not being ready, Mantei pitched well in limited time, and dominated AA and AAA during a rehab assignment (it's funny how Rule V draftees always seem to get injured so their teams can send them down to the minors to play). With all that Mantei appears to be at the cusp of a full-time job in the major leagues, and he's only 22. Will probably start at AA, but he has the fastball to move up quickly.

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2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)The recent Ceda/Gregg trade reminds me of the first chapter of "Mind Game" where you discuss the Red Sox' failure by design. What possible plan do the Cubs have jumping ship on Ceda and getting into bed with Matt Mantei's ghost?
(nmhesketh from Cambridge)
I think they saw correctly that Kerry Wood was not so great as a closer that he was worth investing a lot of money in as a closer--WXRL for 2008: 2.23 (and what the heck is the Cubs' financial sitch these days with the economy dying as they try to sell?). They also had alternatives in Carlos Marmot, but that triggered an attack of nerves about the rest of the bullpen chain. I'm not saying it was a good move, but I can see the way it developed. Thanks for the shout-out for Mind Game, a book that still has currency. (Steven Goldman)


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