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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 3825 .243 .310 .338 .235 2.7
Birth Date10-18-1975
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
BatsL
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
1998 LAN 22 29 38 33 1 4 0 1 0 6 2 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 .121 .194 .182 .185 -1.9 -0.2 -0.2
1999 LAN 23 11 31 30 2 5 1 0 0 6 0 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 .167 .194 .200 .142 -4.1 -0.1 -0.4
2000 LAN 24 109 394 353 39 84 18 6 4 126 26 53 7 2 6 32 4 1 .238 .302 .357 .232 6.5 -3.1 0.3
2001 LAN 25 134 449 405 38 88 18 3 4 124 31 58 8 2 3 29 0 2 .217 .285 .306 .207 -9.1 5.0 -0.4
2002 LAN 26 115 293 258 37 75 14 4 5 112 26 38 7 0 2 28 7 2 .291 .371 .434 .303 22.5 -0.5 2.2
2003 LAN 27 148 514 477 39 119 24 3 4 161 16 59 10 2 9 34 4 2 .249 .287 .338 .225 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1
2004 LAN 28 138 484 405 47 107 9 4 10 154 47 41 18 2 12 47 3 4 .264 .364 .380 .271 15.4 -0.9 1.4
2005 BOS 29 47 116 104 14 28 3 2 2 41 6 12 1 2 3 16 1 2 .269 .310 .394 .248 2.7 -1.0 0.2
2005 CLE 29 49 157 146 11 30 5 2 1 42 5 18 4 1 1 8 6 0 .205 .250 .288 .199 -3.6 6.6 0.3
2006 BOS 30 96 264 235 31 56 7 2 1 70 19 29 6 0 4 18 6 2 .238 .312 .298 .219 -0.4 3.8 0.3
2007 BOS 31 83 232 207 30 51 10 5 3 80 7 23 9 2 7 18 1 1 .246 .298 .386 .230 -0.8 1.1 0.0
2008 BOS 32 75 179 152 14 41 8 2 0 53 16 13 9 1 1 9 1 1 .270 .371 .349 .257 6.5 -0.1 0.6
2009 NYN 33 82 308 271 31 68 11 1 1 84 25 28 3 1 8 18 8 3 .251 .320 .310 .232 2.7 -3.5 -0.1
2010 NYN 34 62 187 169 14 35 6 3 0 47 10 16 4 2 2 20 4 1 .207 .265 .278 .211 -4.4 -6.4 -1.1
2010 TEX 34 4 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .206 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1
2011 WAS 35 91 172 156 12 35 6 1 0 43 12 23 2 1 1 6 2 0 .224 .287 .276 .210 -4.4 0.9 -0.4
Career127338253408360828140393511512484239018612864721.243.310.338.23526.31.02.7

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
1996 VRO A+ 61 233 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 SAN AA 0 476 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 LAN MLB 29 38 .185 .250 .322 .401 .251 .160 93 -3.1 1.0 0.4 -0.2 0.4 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
1998 ABQ AAA 0 317 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAN MLB 11 31 .142 .281 .356 .450 .268 .192 99 -4.3 0.8 0.2 -0.1 0.1 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
1999 ABQ AAA 0 322 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAN MLB 109 394 .232 .270 .343 .441 .262 .268 96 -12.9 10.9 5.3 -3.1 1.4 6.5 0.3 6.5 0.3
2000 ABQ AAA 0 119 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .410 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LAN MLB 134 449 .207 .261 .327 .430 .260 .243 93 -26.2 12.1 6.1 5.0 -1.4 -9.1 -0.4 -9.1 -0.4
2002 LAN MLB 115 293 .303 .259 .322 .408 .254 .326 93 13.5 7.5 2.6 -0.5 0.6 22.5 2.2 22.5 2.2
2003 LAN MLB 148 514 .225 .261 .327 .418 .258 .276 91 -19.8 13.5 -0.4 -0.4 1.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2004 LAN MLB 138 484 .271 .266 .334 .429 .264 .272 95 5.9 14.4 -0.7 -0.9 -2.1 15.4 1.4 15.4 1.4
2005 BOS MLB 47 116 .248 .266 .338 .422 .267 .283 106 -1.5 3.3 0.2 -1.0 1.0 2.7 0.2 2.7 0.2
2005 CLE MLB 49 157 .199 .267 .326 .425 .261 .227 100 -10.3 4.5 1.1 6.6 1.8 -3.6 0.3 -3.6 0.3
2006 BOS MLB 96 264 .219 .271 .338 .428 .257 .268 105 -12.1 8.0 2.6 3.8 -0.1 -0.4 0.3 -0.4 0.3
2007 BOS MLB 83 232 .230 .267 .332 .407 .258 .262 102 -7.6 6.9 1 1.1 0.4 -0.8 0.0 -0.8 0.0
2008 BOS MLB 75 179 .257 .261 .332 .407 .258 .293 107 -0.5 5.2 2.1 -0.1 -0.5 6.5 0.6 6.5 0.6
2008 PAW AAA 3 11 .053 .287 .356 .477 .295 .333 87 -1.7 0.2 0 0.1 0.0 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2009 NYN MLB 82 308 .232 .256 .325 .407 .259 .276 95 -9.3 8.9 2.9 -3.5 -0.9 2.7 -0.1 2.7 -0.1
2009 BUF AAA 3 14 .155 .241 .325 .377 .234 .214 120 -1.6 0.4 0 0.0 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2010 NYN MLB 62 187 .211 .255 .316 .398 .263 .226 89 -9.3 5.2 0 -6.4 -0.6 -4.4 -1.1 -4.4 -1.1
2010 TEX MLB 4 7 .206 .238 .296 .363 .238 .286 120 -0.4 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.5 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2010 OKL AAA 6 25 .236 .284 .350 .442 .267 .158 103 -0.7 0.8 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2011 WAS MLB 91 172 .210 .249 .311 .383 .257 .261 96 -8.4 4.6 0.7 0.9 -0.2 -4.4 -0.4 -4.4 -0.4
2011 CAG Wnt 37 171 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1996 VRO A+ 233 26 55 5 4 0 26 12 36 5 5 .257 .300 .318 .061 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 SAN AA 476 52 105 20 4 3 48 25 60 12 9 .234 .279 .317 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ABQ AAA 317 42 79 16 6 5 45 15 38 10 7 .264 .306 .408 .144 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 LAN MLB 38 1 4 0 1 0 0 2 8 0 0 .121 .194 .182 .061 .185 -1.9 -0.2 -0.2
1999 ABQ AAA 322 51 93 11 7 4 37 12 37 9 5 .308 .351 .430 .123 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAN MLB 31 2 5 1 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 .167 .194 .200 .033 .142 -4.1 -0.1 -0.4
2000 ABQ AAA 119 18 41 8 3 0 20 7 10 5 3 .373 .420 .500 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAN MLB 394 39 84 18 6 4 32 26 53 4 1 .238 .302 .357 .119 .232 6.5 -3.1 0.3
2001 LAN MLB 449 38 88 18 3 4 29 31 58 0 2 .217 .285 .306 .089 .207 -9.1 5.0 -0.4
2002 LAN MLB 293 37 75 14 4 5 28 26 38 7 2 .291 .371 .434 .143 .303 22.5 -0.5 2.2
2003 LAN MLB 514 39 119 24 3 4 34 16 59 4 2 .249 .287 .338 .088 .225 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1
2004 LAN MLB 484 47 107 9 4 10 47 47 41 3 4 .264 .364 .380 .116 .271 15.4 -0.9 1.4
2005 CLE MLB 157 11 30 5 2 1 8 5 18 6 0 .205 .250 .288 .082 .199 -3.6 6.6 0.3
2005 BOS MLB 116 14 28 3 2 2 16 6 12 1 2 .269 .310 .394 .125 .248 2.7 -1.0 0.2
2006 BOS MLB 264 31 56 7 2 1 18 19 29 6 2 .238 .312 .298 .060 .219 -0.4 3.8 0.3
2007 BOS MLB 232 30 51 10 5 3 18 7 23 1 1 .246 .298 .386 .140 .230 -0.8 1.1 0.0
2008 PAW AAA 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .273 .273 .273 .000 .053 -1.3 0.1 -0.1
2008 BOS MLB 179 14 41 8 2 0 9 16 13 1 1 .270 .371 .349 .079 .257 6.5 -0.1 0.6
2009 NYN MLB 308 31 68 11 1 1 18 25 28 8 3 .251 .320 .310 .059 .232 2.7 -3.5 -0.1
2009 BUF AAA 14 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .214 .286 .071 .155 -1.3 0.0 -0.1
2010 OKL AAA 25 5 4 1 0 1 2 3 2 1 0 .182 .280 .364 .182 .236 0.2 0.2 0.0
2010 NYN MLB 187 14 35 6 3 0 20 10 16 4 1 .207 .265 .278 .071 .211 -4.4 -6.4 -1.1
2010 TEX MLB 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 .206 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1
2011 CAG Wnt 171 22 37 7 0 0 9 14 19 5 2 .248 .325 .295 .047 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 WAS MLB 172 12 35 6 1 0 6 12 23 2 0 .224 .287 .276 .051 .210 -4.4 0.9 -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 649 0.4854 0.4468 0.9069 0.6190 0.2844 0.9538 0.8105 0.0862
2009 1210 0.5364 0.4060 0.9408 0.5270 0.2638 0.9708 0.8716 0.0592
2010 728 0.5151 0.4415 0.9159 0.5280 0.3484 0.9596 0.8455 0.0810
2011 658 0.5365 0.4085 0.9142 0.5184 0.2787 0.9399 0.8588 0.0821
Career32450.52140.42260.9230.54390.28990.95860.85090.0741

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-06-02 2011-06-03 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2011-06-01 2011-06-01 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2009-09-21 2009-09-21 On-Alr 0 0 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2009-09-21 -
2009-08-13 2009-10-05 60-DL 53 48 Right Thumb Surgery Ligament 2009-08-20
2009-07-22 2009-07-25 DTD 3 2 Left Thumb Soreness -
2009-05-18 2009-06-02 15-DL 15 13 Right Thumb Sprain Sliding Into Second Base -
2008-09-26 2008-09-28 DTD 2 1 Hip Contusion -
2008-04-10 2008-05-11 15-DL 31 30 Right Elbow Strain -
2004-05-13 2004-05-13 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2004-04-19 2004-04-21 DTD 2 1 Right Elbow Soreness -
2004-01-27 2004-01-27 WIN 0 0 Right Forearm Surgery Ulna Fracture 2004-01-30
1999-04-05 1999-06-28 60-DL 84 73 Right Wrist Fracture HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 SLN $
2011 WAS $900,000
2010 NYN $1,850,000
2009 NYN $2,000,000
2008 BOS $2,000,000
2007 BOS $2,000,000
2006 BOS $1,400,000
2005 CLE $1,300,000
2004 LAN $1,300,000
2003 LAN $1,150,000
2002 LAN $625,000
2001 LAN $240,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$14,765,000
11 yrTotal$14,765,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 129 dScott Boras1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 2/6/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.8M in majors. Released by St. Louis 3/25/12.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2011). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/2/11 (minor-league contract). $0.9M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Washington 3/30/11.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010), plus 2011 option. Re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 11/30/09. 10:$2M, 11:$2M vesting option. 2011 option guaranteed with 80 games in 2010. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 80, 90, 100, 110 starts. Released by NY Mets 8/7/10. Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/17/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Texas 8/24/10. DFA 9/6/10, released by Texas 9/7/10.
  • 1 year/$2M (2009). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/22/09. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 110, 120, 130, 140 starts.
  • 2 years/$4M (2007-08). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 11/06. 07:$2M, 08:$2M. One-time $1M assignment bonus if traded. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 110, 120, 130, 140 games. Award bonuses.
  • 2 years/$2.7M (2005-06). Signed as a free agent 1/05 after being non-tendered 12/04. 05:$1.3M, 06:$1.4M. Final year voids with 450 PAs in 2005. About $2.3M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2004).
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2003).
  • 1 year/$0.625M (2002).
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 1996 (3-88) (Miami, Fla.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Cora really going to make the Cardinals? I'm starting to get worried.
(Andy from Chicago)
He might. Cora supposedly had offers to begin a coaching career this offseason, so presumably teams value what he brings to the clubhouse and dugout quite a bit. That shouldn't give him a pass to make a roster for as long as he wants to play--and it doesn't: ask Gabe Kapler--but those qualities are something teams value more than outsiders. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)There has been some criticism launched at Mike Rizzo regarding the Nats bench (Hairston, Nix, Stairs...), in that it is a bunch of useless retreads rather than prospects. His response is that a team can't be all youth, and the vets have a job "to teach these good young prospect players how to be Major Leaguers" Is this all bunk?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Does "prospects" in this instance equal Roger Bernadina, 27 years old? Wilson Ramos isn't good enough? Nix, Stairs, and Hairston have their uses, while Alex Cora does have a tremendous reputation in the game, so maybe there is something to having him there even if he can't contribute much on the field. I think calling the group useless is unfair. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)ladies and gentleman your New York Mets. David Wright hitting 5th.
(lornad11 from Flushing)
I'm a little more concerned with the number of times I've seen Alex Cora batting second. I follow a lot of Mets fans on Twitter, so when lineups are announced you see a flood of hatred daily. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know if the Mets will get Oswalt, but I think BP needs to sponsor a reality series covering the Wade/Minaya negotations, preferably with Jeff Wilpon and Maclane in the room, too.
(J.P. from Hartford)
How about if we make our own movie about it? We can get the guy from the Staples commercial to play Ed Wade. The scene would start like this:

Minaya: Okay Ed, we want Oswalt, and will give you Alex Cora.
Wade: WOWWWW, THAT'S A LOW PRICE! (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)How important is it not to rush Jose Reyes back for Opening Day, and why would any team want Gary Matthews Jr?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
The first one is a hard question to answer, because it really depends on what your goals are. If you want to have a competitive season this year (and there's some nonzero chance the Mets can do that), you need Reyes back as soon as possible. The Alex Cora productivity sink is pretty deep, and Reyes is a fine hitter. Word is Reyes has been cleared for baseball activities, so it's possible he'll be back relatively soon.

I don't know why a team would want GMJ, but then again I don't know why the Mets went out to get him in the first place. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Even if every last injured Met came back 100% healthy come Spring Training, they'd win no more than 85 games . . . right?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Oh I don't know about that. I mean entering this year I had them ahead of the Phillies and if their stars didn't get hurt I'd have to imagine we would be right where we were in 2007 and 2008 with both of these teams. Losing Alex Cora and Tim Redding isn't a big deal. Losing Reyes, Delgado, Beltran, Johan, and Wright for extended periods is a massive deal. I can't even imagine what it would be like to lose Utley, Howard, Rollins, Victorino and Hamels for half of a season. (Eric Seidman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So I'm going to the Mets game on Thursday and I don't think I own a jersey of a single healthy current player, so guess I will be the guy in the stands in the Edgardo Alfonzo jersey. I don't really have a question.
(J.P. from Hartford)
I'm not the type that wears living player jerseys (I do have a Casey Stengel #37 T-shirt), but if I were, I would think that a David Wright garment would be worth having. Given that he's only 26, it should be good for another ten years... I don't suppose you can get an Alex Cora model, can you? Tim Redding?

I do want to get an Ebbets Field Flannel 1948 Oakland Oaks jersey (Casey again, this time #1), but those suckers are pricey! I just can't bring myself to spend almost $200 on a shirt, even if I think said shirt would dramatically elevate my mood whenever I wore it. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Red Sox should do about Julio Lugo? OK, now what WILL they do about him?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Re: Ramirez question--forgot about the options being eliminated. OK, I think he'll get four years and $22 million or more, and I lean towards the Yankees getting him and finding homes for Matsui and Damon.

Lugo has served as a utility guy before, and he has enough speed to be a viable bench player, so give him Alex Cora's job, with maybe a bit more playing time. He can also play a little third if you want. The Red Sox have a lot of flexibility. (Joe Sheehan)


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