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Desi Relaford SSPhillies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
11 3347 .243 .319 .347 .237 3.4
Birth Date9-16-1973
Height5' 8"
Weight155 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
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
1996 PHI 22 15 44 40 2 7 2 0 0 9 3 9 0 0 1 1 1 0 .175 .233 .225 .164 -3.9 0.2 -0.4
1997 PHI 23 15 44 38 3 7 1 2 0 12 5 6 0 0 1 6 3 0 .184 .279 .316 .245 0.7 0.1 0.1
1998 PHI 24 142 546 494 45 121 25 3 5 167 33 87 3 6 10 41 9 5 .245 .293 .338 .221 -0.3 -9.3 -0.9
1999 PHI 25 65 242 211 31 51 11 2 1 69 19 34 6 0 6 26 4 3 .242 .322 .327 .226 2.8 1.5 0.4
2000 PHI 26 83 313 253 29 56 12 3 3 83 48 45 9 1 2 30 5 0 .221 .363 .328 .243 9.1 -2.4 0.6
2000 SDN 26 45 189 157 26 32 2 0 2 40 27 26 3 1 1 16 8 0 .204 .330 .255 .237 3.3 -3.0 0.0
2001 NYN 27 120 340 301 43 91 27 0 8 142 27 65 5 5 2 36 13 5 .302 .364 .472 .298 30.3 0.7 3.1
2002 SEA 28 112 376 329 55 88 13 2 6 123 33 51 6 7 1 43 10 3 .267 .339 .374 .262 15.4 -4.7 1.1
2003 KCA 29 141 557 500 70 127 27 5 8 188 40 70 6 3 8 59 20 4 .254 .315 .376 .234 1.9 -4.1 -0.2
2004 KCA 30 114 430 380 45 84 14 0 6 116 34 56 8 4 4 34 5 4 .221 .296 .305 .216 -4.2 3.0 -0.1
2005 COL 31 73 238 210 24 47 13 2 1 67 22 42 4 1 1 16 3 3 .224 .308 .319 .221 0.7 0.9 0.2
2007 TEX 33 14 28 26 2 3 0 0 0 3 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 .115 .179 .115 .113 -4.4 0.5 -0.4
Career93933472939375714147194010192934975028373088128.243.319.347.23751.4-16.53.4

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
1992 PEN A+ 130 495 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 JAX AA 133 539 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RIV A+ 99 465 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .378 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 JAX AA 37 169 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .228 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PCY AA 90 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TAC AAA 30 128 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB 15 44 .164 .262 .332 .422 .262 .226 94 -4.9 1.4 0.4 0.2 -0.1 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
1996 SWB AAA 21 96 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TAC AAA 93 348 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .236 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PHI MLB 15 44 .245 .253 .331 .393 .257 .219 100 -0.7 1.2 0.6 0.1 -0.1 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
1997 SWB AAA 0 567 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PHI MLB 142 546 .221 .261 .325 .405 .253 .284 100 -23.3 14.2 7.4 -9.3 1.2 -0.3 -0.9 -0.3 -0.9
1999 PHI MLB 65 242 .226 .269 .340 .428 .258 .284 100 -9.6 6.6 3.5 1.5 2.3 2.8 0.4 2.8 0.4
1999 CLR A+ 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PHI MLB 83 313 .243 .268 .333 .428 .256 .257 96 -6.2 8.6 4.5 -2.4 3.8 9.1 0.6 9.1 0.6
2000 SDN MLB 45 189 .237 .263 .341 .427 .258 .231 94 -5.2 5.2 2.7 -3.0 1.0 3.3 0.0 3.3 0.0
2001 NYN MLB 120 340 .298 .259 .327 .412 .258 .356 92 14.2 9.2 1 0.7 3.9 30.0 3.0 30.3 3.1
2002 SEA MLB 112 376 .262 .260 .329 .415 .261 .294 95 0.7 10.0 1.6 -4.7 1.1 15.4 1.1 15.4 1.1
2003 KCA MLB 141 557 .234 .262 .325 .422 .259 .280 103 -15.6 15.2 -0.5 -4.1 3.7 1.9 -0.2 1.9 -0.2
2004 KCA MLB 114 430 .216 .265 .330 .422 .255 .242 102 -21.1 12.8 0.3 3.0 3.2 -4.2 -0.1 -4.2 -0.1
2004 OMA AAA 4 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 73 238 .221 .261 .326 .415 .258 .274 116 -9.9 6.8 1.9 0.9 2.5 0.7 0.2 0.7 0.2
2005 CSP AAA 3 16 .243 .326 .395 .516 .290 .444 119 -0.2 0.3 0 -0.1 -0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2005 SYR AAA 22 93 .216 .273 .348 .431 .257 .226 110 -4.6 2.8 -0.1 -1.7 1.7 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2006 MEM AAA 11 38 .167 .277 .341 .426 .270 .154 99 -3.8 1.1 0 -0.1 -0.1 -3.6 -0.4 -3.6 -0.4
2007 TEX MLB 14 28 .113 .259 .336 .409 .262 .150 102 -4.6 0.8 0 0.5 -0.2 -4.4 -0.4 -4.4 -0.4
2007 OKL AAA 88 364 .257 .276 .343 .428 .260 .302 103 -1.4 10.9 0.7 -5.7 -1.8 9.0 0.3 8.7 0.3

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
1992 PEN A+ 495 53 96 18 1 3 34 39 88 27 7 .216 .278 .281 .065 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 JAX AA 539 49 115 16 4 8 47 50 103 16 12 .244 .321 .345 .102 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RIV A+ 465 95 116 27 5 5 59 78 78 27 6 .310 .431 .449 .139 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 JAX AA 169 24 29 7 3 3 11 22 28 10 1 .203 .305 .357 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TAC AAA 128 20 27 5 1 2 7 13 24 6 0 .239 .317 .354 .115 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PCY AA 397 51 101 11 2 7 27 41 58 25 9 .287 .363 .389 .102 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB 44 2 7 2 0 0 1 3 9 1 0 .175 .233 .225 .050 .164 -3.9 0.2 -0.4
1996 TAC AAA 348 27 65 12 0 4 32 23 58 10 6 .205 .258 .281 .076 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SWB AAA 96 12 20 4 1 1 11 8 19 7 1 .235 .305 .341 .106 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PHI MLB 44 3 7 1 2 0 6 5 6 3 0 .184 .279 .316 .132 .245 0.7 0.1 0.1
1997 SWB AAA 567 82 138 34 4 9 53 43 77 29 8 .267 .332 .400 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PHI MLB 546 45 121 25 3 5 41 33 87 9 5 .245 .293 .338 .093 .221 -0.3 -9.3 -0.9
1999 PHI MLB 242 31 51 11 2 1 26 19 34 4 3 .242 .322 .327 .085 .226 2.8 1.5 0.4
1999 CLR A+ 8 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .286 .375 .286 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PHI MLB 313 29 56 12 3 3 30 48 45 5 0 .221 .363 .328 .107 .243 9.1 -2.4 0.6
2000 SDN MLB 189 26 32 2 0 2 16 27 26 8 0 .204 .330 .255 .051 .237 3.3 -3.0 0.0
2001 NYN MLB 340 43 91 27 0 8 36 27 65 13 5 .302 .364 .472 .169 .298 30.3 0.7 3.1
2002 SEA MLB 376 55 88 13 2 6 43 33 51 10 3 .267 .339 .374 .106 .262 15.4 -4.7 1.1
2003 KCA MLB 557 70 127 27 5 8 59 40 70 20 4 .254 .315 .376 .122 .234 1.9 -4.1 -0.2
2004 KCA MLB 430 45 84 14 0 6 34 34 56 5 4 .221 .296 .305 .084 .216 -4.2 3.0 -0.1
2004 OMA AAA 17 1 4 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 .267 .353 .333 .067 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CSP AAA 16 4 4 1 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 .333 .500 .417 .083 .243 0.1 -0.1 0.0
2005 COL MLB 238 24 47 13 2 1 16 22 42 3 3 .224 .308 .319 .095 .221 0.7 0.9 0.2
2005 SYR AAA 93 15 16 2 0 2 6 13 12 5 0 .211 .355 .316 .105 .216 -1.1 -1.7 -0.2
2006 MEM AAA 38 0 4 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 .121 .194 .121 .000 .167 -3.6 -0.1 -0.4
2007 OKL AAA 364 45 84 17 2 6 52 41 54 6 0 .266 .354 .389 .123 .257 8.7 -5.7 0.3
2007 TEX MLB 28 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 1 .115 .179 .115 .000 .113 -4.4 0.5 -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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2005-03-28 2005-04-12 15-DL 15 6 Left Knee Cartilage Injury -
2004-04-06 2004-04-29 15-DL 23 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
1999-06-18 1999-09-13 60-DL 87 79 Right Wrist Surgery Ligament 1999-06-25 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 COL $950,000
2004 KCA $900,000
2003 KCA $900,000
2002 SEA $1,275,000
2001 NYN $475,000
2000 PHI, SDN $345,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$4,845,000
6 yrTotal$4,845,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 46 dDan Lozano

Details
  • FA 10/07 designated for assignment 7/31/07
  • contract purchased 7/1/07
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/07 signed as a free agent from STL 2/07 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from BAL 5/06 (minor-league contract)
  • released 3/06
  • signed as a free agent from COL 2/06 (minor-league contract)
  • released 8/05 designated for assignment 7/05
  • signed as a free agent from KC 1/05
  • 1 year/$1.05M (05)+$1.25M 06 club option $0.1M buyout
  • 05:$0.95M+$0.3M bonuses
  • 06:$1.25M option $0.1M buyout (Relaford may void option & take buyout)
  • 03:$0.9M, 04:$0.9M
  • signed as a free agent from SEA 1/03, 2 year/$1.8M (03-04)
  • non-tendered 12/02
  • 1 year/$1.275M (02) acquired in trade from SEA 1/02
  • acquired in trade from NYM 12/01, 01:1 year/$0.475M, non-guaranteed k
  • designated for assignment 1/01

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 Sometimes good ideas lead to bad outcomes. The two-year contract the Royals gave Relaford after the 2002 season appeared to be a fine use of $900,000 a year; Relaford was a 29-year-old middle infielder who had hit .284 over the previous two seasons. He was hitting .288 at the All-Star Break in 2003, when he hurt his wrist, and has since hit .216 over a span of more than 600 plate appearances. He'll continue his attempt to duplicate Mark McLemore's career as a Rockie.
2003 Does anyone in baseball have cooler sideburns than Desi Relaford? Relaford got spot starts throughout the year, and Piniella eventually used him to replace Cirillo at third during September, another opportunity to tweak a high-level Gillick mistake. Relaford offers an average bat and glove in part-time duty, which makes him a strange bench player, since he’s not strong as a pinch hitter or as a defensive replacement. Now a Royal, he may be their starting shortstop.
2002 Relaford's offense in 2001 was a surprise to just about everyone. He was far more aggressive at the plate, and that approach paid off as he hit with far more authority than he had in previous major-league seasons. Defensively, Relaford is acceptable at second base and third base, but definitely subpar at shortstop. Traded to the Giants, he should get a lot of the playing time at third base and will outhit that projection.
2001 Desi Relaford suddenly learned how to take a walk. He also forgot how to field his position in a frustrating season that saw him waived by two teams in three months. Relaford established a career high with 75 walks, but 31 errors was a pretty good indication of his defensive play. He was claimed by the Mets; if they’re executing Plan B of Operation Alex Rodriguez, expect fans to be mildly disappointed.
2000 He rushed back from his hand injury and consequently was not very effective in September. Of course, his production wasn’t that spectacular before he was injured. He walks enough to be not completely useless as a #8 hitter, but the Phillies shouldn’t hesitate to replace him if a better option comes along.
1999 In April, he was a star; after that, he was Desi Relaford. Okay, that's disingenuous; his slump reached epic proportions and clearly destroyed his confidence. I think he could be an adequate all-around solution at short on a team with offense in the right places.
1998 Very small at 5'8", 155, Relaford bounced back from a horrible 1996 and finally brought a halt to an offensive slide that has followed his ascent through the minors. He’s terriffic defensively, with excellent range and a strong arm, and went back to shortstop this year—the Mariners had been trying to make a second sacker out of him, thanks to Alex Rodriguez. He appears to be the Phils’ starting shortstop for 1998, though, despite being completely overmatched in two September trials (.190 EqA).
1997 What is a minor league shortstop to do when the parent club has a phenomenal hitter who’s younger than you? You can try to play second base, but that wasn’t going too well. Or you can get traded, which is what happened here. He’s very quick in the field, but he’s hardly bigger than Ricky Otero, at 5' 8", 155. He’s shown some ability to hit for average and work a walk; he’s had trouble adjusting to every change in leagues, and his walks are down and strikeouts up since reaching AAA. He may simply be overmatched.
1996  Slick fielding middle infielder who's young, durable, and can hit. What's not to like? Most franchises would kill for the "problem" of having a guy like this stuck behind Rodriguez or Pozo.

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2004 HACKING MASS Results: Stiffness is Next to GodlinessDave Pease2004-10-26
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