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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
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Birth Date3-16-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age31 years, 6 months, 0 days
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-0.72010
0.72011
0.82012
-0.42013
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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
2004 TOR 21 3 0 4.7 0.0 4.7 1 0 0 1 0 0 18 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 2 0.00 2.94 2.67 1.6 0.2
2005 TOR 22 20 0 35.7 0.0 35.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 162 42 27 26 8 73 20 19 2 17 6.56 6.86 7.83 -5.0 -0.5
2006 TOR 23 33 0 42.7 0.0 42.7 1 2 1 3 0 0 173 34 17 12 3 45 9 7 3 29 2.53 3.59 4.50 7.3 0.7
2007 TOR 24 14 0 11.7 0.0 11.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 58 19 8 8 1 26 7 7 0 7 6.17 5.02 4.98 0.6 0.1
2008 TOR 25 31 0 33.0 0.0 33.0 1 2 1 0 0 0 141 28 9 8 2 39 15 13 3 23 2.18 4.19 5.19 0.6 0.1
2009 TOR 26 67 0 74.7 0.0 74.7 3 6 0 3 0 0 313 72 40 38 8 115 21 19 7 76 4.58 3.63 4.98 5.5 0.6
2010 SEA 27 70 0 79.0 0.0 79.0 9 7 6 6 0 0 326 67 38 30 7 97 27 21 2 56 3.42 3.88 5.86 -6.8 -0.7
2011 SEA 28 65 0 61.3 0.0 61.3 1 5 37 5 0 0 250 56 25 19 3 76 10 8 2 45 2.79 2.82 3.77 6.9 0.7
2012 LAN 29 28 0 27.3 0.0 27.3 2 1 6 0 0 0 108 17 7 7 0 20 14 10 1 27 2.30 2.81 2.86 4.0 0.4
2012 SEA 29 46 0 44.7 0.0 44.7 0 5 9 6 0 0 193 48 20 18 1 58 19 16 0 27 3.63 3.40 3.63 3.9 0.4
2013 LAN 30 58 0 54.3 0.0 54.3 6 4 14 6 0 0 249 69 37 32 8 105 15 14 3 28 5.30 4.90 5.23 -3.4 -0.4
2014 LAN 31 57 0 57.7 0.0 57.7 2 3 0 2 0 0 253 59 22 18 0 70 25 21 4 34 2.81 3.43 5.11 -4.9 -0.5
Career4920526.70.0526.72735743300224451425021641727183156273713.693.894.9310.21.0

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
2001 MED Rk 9 9 38.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 AUB A- 16 16 85.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CWV A 12 12 70.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DUN A+ 13 12 66.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOR MLB 3 0 4.7 2.67 149 .155 .283 .364 .466 .280 .200 104 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2004 NHP AA 41 10 104.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TOR MLB 20 0 35.7 7.83 44 .300 .270 .335 .434 .266 .296 106 -5.0 -0.5 -5.0 -0.5
2005 SYR AAA 19 10 63.0 5.92 75 .261 .269 .346 .425 .256 .319 94 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2006 TOR MLB 33 0 42.7 4.50 114 .195 .270 .334 .425 .254 .240 106 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2006 SYR AAA 31 1 54.2 4.23 105 .207 .254 .323 .391 .255 .337 104 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6
2007 TOR MLB 14 0 11.7 4.98 95 .340 .272 .342 .441 .271 .419 97 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2007 DUN A+ 4 0 6.0 6.54 60 .236 .261 .336 .393 .262 .235 103 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2007 NHP AA 6 0 7.7 4.59 112 .236 .265 .340 .398 .259 .250 112 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2007 SYR AAA 11 0 12.0 4.56 89 .316 .257 .331 .389 .257 .375 73 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 BLJ Rk 1 1 1.0 1.33 172 .146 .233 .292 .313 .245 .500 101 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 TOR MLB 31 0 33.0 5.19 89 .240 .268 .330 .423 .260 .265 99 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 SYR AAA 20 0 34.3 4.70 83 .242 .264 .331 .403 .264 .310 88 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2009 TOR MLB 67 0 74.7 4.98 102 .250 .265 .336 .428 .262 .318 105 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6
2010 SEA MLB 70 0 79.0 5.86 66 .234 .263 .327 .410 .259 .256 98 -6.8 -0.7 -6.8 -0.7
2011 SEA MLB 65 0 61.3 3.77 110 .222 .259 .322 .416 .265 .279 94 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2012 LAN MLB 28 0 27.3 2.86 127 .190 .266 .333 .422 .272 .258 91 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2012 SEA MLB 46 0 44.7 3.63 109 .261 .254 .316 .400 .258 .322 90 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2013 LAN MLB 58 0 54.3 5.23 71 .309 .251 .312 .385 .254 .313 100 -3.6 -0.4 -3.4 -0.4
2014 LAN MLB 57 0 57.7 5.11 68 .267 .249 .312 .387 .261 .312 96 -5.2 -0.6 -4.9 -0.5

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
2001 MED Rk 2 2 0 9 9 38.7 36 11 38 3 0% .000 8.4 2.6 0.7 8.8 1.21 4.65 0.0 0.0
2002 AUB A- 7 2 0 16 16 85.7 80 23 72 2 0% .310 8.4 2.4 0.2 7.6 1.20 3.15 0.0 0.0
2003 DUN A+ 4 3 0 13 12 66.3 76 20 34 3 0% .313 10.3 2.7 0.4 4.6 1.45 4.75 0.0 0.0
2003 CWV A 2 3 0 12 12 70.7 58 18 61 1 0% .295 7.4 2.3 0.1 7.8 1.07 1.91 0.0 0.0
2004 NHP AA 6 4 2 41 10 104.0 92 41 90 3 0% .302 8.0 3.5 0.3 7.8 1.28 3.38 0.0 0.0
2004 TOR MLB 1 0 0 3 0 4.7 3 1 2 0 73% .200 5.8 1.9 0.0 3.9 0.86 0.00 1.6 0.2
2005 TOR MLB 1 0 0 20 0 35.7 42 20 17 8 57% .296 10.6 5.0 2.0 4.3 1.74 6.56 -5.0 -0.5
2005 SYR AAA 4 4 0 19 10 63.0 78 18 35 7 58% .319 11.1 2.6 1.0 5.0 1.52 5.71 0.4 0.0
2006 TOR MLB 1 2 1 33 0 42.7 34 9 29 3 77% .240 7.2 1.9 0.6 6.1 1.01 2.53 7.3 0.7
2006 SYR AAA 3 2 8 31 1 54.2 57 15 43 0 78% .337 9.5 2.5 0.0 7.1 1.33 2.16 5.9 0.6
2007 TOR MLB 0 0 0 14 0 11.7 19 7 7 1 59% .419 14.7 5.4 0.8 5.4 2.23 6.17 0.6 0.1
2007 SYR AAA 0 0 0 11 0 12.0 12 6 10 0 71% .375 9.0 4.5 0.0 7.5 1.50 3.00 0.2 0.0
2007 DUN A+ 0 0 0 4 0 6.0 5 2 6 1 72% .235 7.5 3.0 1.5 9.0 1.17 4.50 -0.5 -0.0
2007 NHP AA 1 1 0 6 0 7.7 5 7 7 0 60% .250 5.8 8.2 0.0 8.2 1.56 3.51 1.0 0.1
2007 BLJ Rk 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 50% .500 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.6 0.1
2008 TOR MLB 1 2 1 31 0 33.0 28 15 23 2 69% .265 7.6 4.1 0.5 6.3 1.30 2.18 0.6 0.1
2008 SYR AAA 2 3 2 20 0 34.3 36 10 32 2 70% .310 9.4 2.6 0.5 8.4 1.34 3.94 0.4 0.0
2009 TOR MLB 3 6 0 67 0 74.7 72 21 76 8 56% .318 8.7 2.5 1.0 9.2 1.25 4.58 5.5 0.6
2010 SEA MLB 9 7 6 70 0 79.0 67 27 56 7 63% .256 7.6 3.1 0.8 6.4 1.19 3.42 -6.8 -0.7
2011 SEA MLB 1 5 37 65 0 61.3 56 10 45 3 59% .279 8.2 1.5 0.4 6.6 1.08 2.79 6.9 0.7
2012 LAN MLB 2 1 6 28 0 27.3 17 14 27 0 58% .258 5.6 4.6 0.0 8.9 1.13 2.30 4.0 0.4
2012 SEA MLB 0 5 9 46 0 44.7 48 19 27 1 48% .322 9.7 3.8 0.2 5.4 1.50 3.63 3.9 0.4
2013 LAN MLB 6 4 14 58 0 54.3 69 15 28 8 60% .313 11.4 2.5 1.3 4.6 1.55 5.30 -3.4 -0.4
2014 LAN MLB 2 3 0 57 0 57.7 59 25 34 0 67% .312 9.2 3.9 0.0 5.3 1.46 2.81 -4.9 -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 471 0.5626 0.4989 0.8298 0.6642 0.2864 0.8920 0.6441 0.1702
2009 1101 0.4841 0.5059 0.7212 0.6473 0.3715 0.8609 0.4929 0.2788
2010 1090 0.5156 0.4940 0.7784 0.6512 0.3239 0.8934 0.5322 0.2179
2011 897 0.5217 0.5084 0.7895 0.6645 0.3380 0.9003 0.5517 0.2105
2012 1067 0.4564 0.4611 0.7602 0.6674 0.2879 0.8338 0.6168 0.2378
2013 919 0.4723 0.4853 0.8072 0.7028 0.2907 0.9115 0.5816 0.1928
2014 869 0.3913 0.4499 0.8184 0.6618 0.3138 0.8933 0.7169 0.1790
Career64140.48160.48570.78040.66490.31920.88130.58260.2183

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-02-17 2014-03-03 Camp 14 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2011-06-22 2011-06-24 DTD 2 2 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf -
2007-08-05 2007-09-05 15-DL 31 29 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-03-31 2007-07-14 60-DL 105 89 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-02-22 2007-03-31 Camp 37 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-02-17 2007-02-18 Camp 1 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 LAN $
2015 LAN $8,500,000
2014 LAN $8,500,000
2013 LAN $5,500,000
2012 SEA $5,000,000
2011 SEA $2,250,000
2010 SEA $1,087,500
2009 TOR $640,000
2008 TOR $400,300
2005 TOR $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$15,193,800
2011Current$8,500,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$23,693,800
1 yrFuture$8,500,000
9 yrTotal$32,193,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 145 dLevinsons ACES3 years/$22.5M (2013-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 3 years/$22.5M (2013-15), plus 2016 player option. Signed extension with LA Dodgers 10/30/12. $3M signing bonus ($1M paid in 2012, $2M in 2015). 13:$4.5M, 14:$7.5M, 15:$7.5M. 16: player option. 2016 option guaranteed at 1) $7.5M with 55 games finished in 2015, 2) $8.5M with 55 GF in 2015 and 100 GF in 2014-15, or 3) $9M with 55 GF in 2015 and 150 GF in 2013-15. Annual performance bonuses: $0.15M for 55 GF, $0.25M for 60 GF, $0.1M for 65 GF.
  • 1 year/$5M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Seattle 7/31/12.
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.0875M (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 1/21/10 (avoided arbitration, $1.325M-$0.9M)
  • 1 year/$0.64M (2009). Re-signed by Toronto 1/19/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Seattle in trade from Toronto 12/23/09
  • 1 year/$0.4003M (2008)
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed 3/07
  • 1 year (2006)
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed 2/05
  • Drafted 2001 (2-59). $0.66M signing bonus

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .291 .356 .452 .298
11 vs R (Multi) .258 .315 .336 .248
18 Split (Multi) .032 .041 .116 .050
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .312 .356 .548 .334
31 vs R (2013) .301 .352 .406 .296
38 Split (2013) .011 .005 .142 .038
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will need 3 pitchers for next week in 5x5...main need is saves but can use all categories...Suspects are Lyons, Gregerson, Jansen, Maholm, Turner, Tillman, Vargas...WW has guys like Phelps, Westbrook, Kendrick, Norris, Straily, Lohse, Gee, McCawthy, Archer...Suggestions please!
(LittleRon from WV)
If you need saves, keep an eye on the news regarding Huston Street (who is ready to begin a rehab assignment) and Brandon League (who might not be long for the ninth inning). Depending on the headlines there, either Gregerson or Jansen could take one of the three spots.

For the others, without taking the time to look closely at matchups, I'd roll with Paul Maholm and Dan Straily (who I believe will face the Mariners at the tail-end of the week, albeit with a start in Texas earlier). Also, I'd recommend checking out Paul Sporer's SP Planner on Friday for more info. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Rodney are there any other closers who have struggled you would specifically avoid? Johnson, Chapman, and Soriano have all blown their fair share of saves.
(Kyle from Denver)
The closer market isn't as such where any one can be avoided. I traded for Jose Veras 3 weeks ago and have enjoyed what he's been able to do. Brandon League - that's avoidable. (Jason Collette)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)What closer do you think loses his job first?
(Wes from Texas)
Bruce Rondon, does he count? Was he ever the closer in Detroit? For an actual closer, I'd be shaking in my boots if I were Brandon League with Kenley Jansen behind me. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long before Jansen starts taking away save opps from League?
(Sean T from Bethesda)
Tough to say, but even in a best case scenario for Brandon League owners it's not hard to see Kenley Jansen saving 5-10. The simple answer is if League struggles I don't think Don Mattingly will have orders from up above to use League because he has the big contract. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)% chance Brandon League stays closer all year?
(Fred from LA)
I wonder what the minimum is for this question. Incumbency is so important, after all; if Clay Hensley were the declared closer going into Opening Day, how often would HE be the closer all year? That's the floor. I'd guess 12 percent is the floor. Maybe 6 percent, maybe 18 percent. Somewhere between 6 and 18 percent.

League: 24 percent. Not a pitcher I like much. (Sam Miller)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lindbergh and miller talked about their favorite/least favorites moves on the podcast the other day. Your favorite/least favorite offseason move?
(Roberto from jury duty (fml))
Glad I could make jury duty go by a little faster, Roberto and I've got my own appearance to look forward to not long from now.

If we count extensions, I wasn't a fan of the Brandon League move for the Dodgers; if we limit this to free-agent signings, relative to some of the deals handed out since, the three-year, $25 million hitch the Royals gave Jeremy Guthrie seems a little out of place. Specifically, I liked the one-year, $6 million deal for Scott Feldman and the two-year, $15.5 million deal for Brandon McCarthy. And from a bullpen standpoint, one year and $4.25 million for Koji Uehara looks good.

To just choose two, I'll take League and Feldman. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How hard is it as a writer to adjust to the new money in baseball? It seems like you should scream that's a terrible contract to most of the recent signings, but maybe we have to realize that the market is changing.
(jfive613 from New Mexico)
Talked about this some with Marc Normandin yesterday on twitter. The market is most certainly changing. I don't see *writers* having difficulty with that per se, but i see lots of fans freaking out about it. Look at all the hoopla about the Brandon League signing a coupla weeks ago. In light of what we've seen in the subsequent days, that deal looks almost reasonable.

But yes, your point is well taken: whether it's the new TV money or just the changing landscape of the game, free agents are getting mo money and payrolls are going waaay up. (Ian Miller)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the closer in Seattle?
(JT from Exhibition Stadium)
Brandon League. He seems underrated this year. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Seattle moves Brandon League mid-season, who takes over as the M's closer?
(PepeShady from St Paul)
The obvious candidate is George Sherrill, given his previous closer experience. If he bombs... David Aardsma might be rehabbing by then.

Also, quick use of dianagram's ESC trick has shown me that Aardsma's sister is attractive. -- Dave (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who closes in Seattle? Is League still the next best thing if Aardsma is traded or continues to blow saves?
(Nordburg from Golfing carrying memorabilia)
Brandon League is supposedly their best trade chip, so neither of them might stay. I don't think the Mariners are too worried about who is going to close games. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Brandon League has thrown 6,744 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Splitter (86mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (88mph) and Fourseam Fastball (94mph).