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Birth Date6-15-1984
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age30 years, 0 months, 27 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
4.92010
0.82011
1.82012
0.92013
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
2008 OAK 24 36 117 99 14 24 5 0 0 29 13 18 2 1 2 9 4 1 .242 .339 .293 .240 2.7 -1.8 0.1
2009 OAK 25 60 229 208 27 58 11 3 4 87 19 46 1 0 1 21 7 5 .279 .342 .418 .257 8.4 0.3 0.9
2010 OAK 26 156 576 508 64 127 26 8 6 187 50 96 3 3 12 46 29 5 .250 .319 .368 .261 33.2 13.2 4.9
2011 OAK 27 148 570 515 57 136 26 2 8 190 42 104 1 4 8 58 14 9 .264 .319 .369 .254 19.1 -11.9 0.8
2012 OAK 28 125 462 418 50 90 18 2 6 130 35 90 2 2 5 28 15 6 .215 .278 .311 .234 7.5 9.6 1.8
2013 ARI 29 96 299 269 25 65 13 1 1 83 26 54 1 1 2 18 2 0 .242 .310 .309 .233 6.1 2.6 0.9
2014 ARI 30 33 83 74 6 18 4 1 0 24 7 15 2 0 0 6 2 1 .243 .325 .324 .257 2.3 -0.6 0.2
Career6542336209124351810317257301924231211301867327.248.313.349.24979.311.59.5

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
2005 KNC A 69 334 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 STO A+ 46 202 .222 .286 .367 .433 .288 .243 101 -6.8 4.8 2.2 -1.5 2.3 1.1 -0.0 1.1 -0.0
2006 ATH Rk 9 32 .432 .263 .349 .377 .267 .500 98 6.1 1.0 0.3 0.4 -0.4 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.7
2007 STO A+ 68 333 .274 .259 .339 .402 .262 .296 99 5.6 10.4 4.5 -3.9 0.4 21.5 1.7 21.5 1.7
2007 MID AA 70 314 .247 .269 .342 .408 .262 .280 104 -4.3 9.2 3.9 0.2 0.6 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2008 OAK MLB 36 117 .240 .268 .333 .417 .259 .293 98 -2.5 3.4 0.4 -1.8 0.6 2.7 0.1 2.7 0.1
2008 MID AA 50 244 .267 .272 .347 .415 .284 .314 89 1.9 7.3 2.1 3.1 2.0 15.2 1.8 15.2 1.8
2008 SAC AAA 65 294 .282 .281 .350 .447 .258 .335 107 7.3 8.9 2.8 8.7 0.8 21.7 2.9 21.7 2.9
2009 OAK MLB 60 229 .257 .260 .331 .413 .258 .342 101 -0.7 6.6 3 0.3 0.2 8.4 0.9 8.4 0.9
2009 SAC AAA 99 417 .269 .275 .343 .431 .273 .298 91 4 12.1 4.4 0.0 6.5 26.6 2.6 26.6 2.6
2010 OAK MLB 156 576 .261 .257 .323 .405 .257 .296 100 0.4 15.9 7.3 13.2 4.2 33.2 4.9 33.2 4.9
2011 OAK MLB 148 570 .254 .255 .316 .398 .258 .314 97 -3.3 15.4 7.1 -11.9 -1.3 19.1 0.8 19.1 0.8
2012 OAK MLB 125 462 .234 .254 .315 .406 .261 .259 95 -12.1 12.7 4.3 9.6 2.9 7.5 1.8 7.5 1.8
2012 SAC AAA 3 14 .426 .254 .318 .400 .254 .714 83 2.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.2 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2013 ARI MLB 96 299 .233 .253 .317 .396 .260 .298 103 -7.8 7.9 2.2 2.6 3.0 6.1 0.9 6.1 0.9
2014 ARI MLB 33 83 .257 .250 .311 .386 .262 .305 99 -0.3 2.2 0.6 -0.6 -0.4 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2

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
2005 KNC A 334 49 80 15 0 3 29 39 47 25 6 .276 .363 .359 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 STO A+ 202 36 36 7 0 2 21 24 35 7 1 .203 .302 .277 .073 .222 1.1 -1.5 -0.0
2006 ATH Rk 32 3 13 3 1 0 6 4 2 0 0 .464 .531 .643 .179 .432 6.7 0.4 0.7
2007 MID AA 314 41 68 13 2 2 21 38 35 8 2 .251 .343 .336 .085 .247 10.9 0.2 1.1
2007 STO A+ 333 50 73 17 3 6 36 43 54 9 2 .255 .353 .399 .143 .274 21.5 -3.9 1.7
2008 SAC AAA 294 47 70 9 3 2 16 54 34 11 5 .297 .423 .386 .089 .282 21.7 8.7 2.9
2008 MID AA 244 42 53 7 2 0 18 39 36 20 1 .260 .377 .314 .054 .267 15.2 3.1 1.8
2008 OAK MLB 117 14 24 5 0 0 9 13 18 4 1 .242 .339 .293 .051 .240 2.7 -1.8 0.1
2009 SAC AAA 417 48 95 22 3 3 40 45 54 27 4 .264 .344 .367 .103 .269 26.6 0.0 2.6
2009 OAK MLB 229 27 58 11 3 4 21 19 46 7 5 .279 .342 .418 .139 .257 8.4 0.3 0.9
2010 OAK MLB 576 64 127 26 8 6 46 50 96 29 5 .250 .319 .368 .118 .261 33.2 13.2 4.9
2011 OAK MLB 570 57 136 26 2 8 58 42 104 14 9 .264 .319 .369 .105 .254 19.1 -11.9 0.8
2012 SAC AAA 14 2 5 1 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 .455 .571 .545 .091 .426 4.3 0.0 0.4
2012 OAK MLB 462 50 90 18 2 6 28 35 90 15 6 .215 .278 .311 .096 .234 7.5 9.6 1.8
2013 ARI MLB 299 25 65 13 1 1 18 26 54 2 0 .242 .310 .309 .067 .233 6.1 2.6 0.9
2014 ARI MLB 83 6 18 4 1 0 6 7 15 2 1 .243 .325 .324 .081 .257 2.3 -0.6 0.2

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 467 0.5332 0.4518 0.8578 0.6506 0.2248 0.8765 0.7959 0.1422
2009 915 0.5486 0.4737 0.8129 0.6494 0.2591 0.8650 0.6542 0.1871
2010 2286 0.5411 0.4451 0.8698 0.6023 0.2564 0.9275 0.7100 0.1292
2011 2291 0.5469 0.4472 0.8486 0.5858 0.2794 0.8896 0.7448 0.1484
2012 1868 0.5359 0.4609 0.8035 0.6194 0.2768 0.8597 0.6583 0.1919
2013 1137 0.5119 0.4670 0.8245 0.6426 0.2811 0.8743 0.7051 0.1717
2014 309 0.5340 0.4531 0.9000 0.6242 0.2569 0.9515 0.7568 0.1000
Career92730.5380.45490.84040.61440.26790.890.7080.1572

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-02 - 15-DL - - Left Thumb Recovery From Previous Injury Sprain -
2014-05-28 2014-06-01 DTD 4 4 Left Thumb Sprain Opponent Sliding Into Glove -
2012-07-20 2012-08-07 15-DL 18 17 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2012-04-03 2012-04-06 DTD 3 0 - Groin Strain - -
2011-09-24 2011-09-29 DTD 5 5 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2011-08-02 2011-08-05 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Neurological Injury Bell's Palsey - -
2011-04-12 2011-04-13 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Infection Sweat Gland In Armpit -
2010-10-08 2010-10-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum Tear 2010-10-08
2010-09-21 2010-09-21 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-19 2010-04-20 DTD 1 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2006-06-25 2006-09-06 Minors 73 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ARI $3,250,000
2013 ARI $1,750,000
2012 OAK $490,000
2011 OAK $420,000
2010 OAK $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,065,000
2011Current$3,250,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$6,315,000
5 yrTotal$6,315,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 114 dMatt Sosnick2 years/$5M (2013-14)

Details
  • 2 years/$5M (2013-14). Signed by Arizona 1/13 (avoided arbitration, $2.8M-$1.8M). $1M signing bonus. 13:$1.25M, 14:$2.75M.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Oakland 10/20/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Oakland 8/12/08.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2005 (1-21) (Texas A&M). Signed 6/05, $1.45M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .231 .288 .300 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .243 .310 .340 .248
18 Split (Multi) .011 .022 .040 .022
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .247 .318 .320 .247
31 vs R (2013) .238 .305 .302 .222
38 Split (2013) -.009 -.012 -.017 -.026
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals are about to sign Kelly Shoppach FYI. The cardinals were supposedly looking for SS but had no luck. Pete Kozma, Ryan Jackson, nor Greg Garcia are the answers so who is?
(Bubba from STL)
I thought Alexei Ramirez made sense for them before the rumors of their interest popped up. It's really hard to find a MLB-quality shortstop out there (which is something that we perhaps don't take into account enough when talking about the Iglesias and Gregorius deals). Maybe they reunite with Brendan Ryan, or Arizona decides to move Cliff Pennington for some reason? I don't know. St. Louis may not have a choice but to roll with what they've got. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cliff Pennington a top 10 AL SS?
(Abe Froman from Chicago)
Well, there are only 14 starting SSs in the AL, and some that aren't very good, so yeah, Pennington is 9 or 10. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)With the A's season is over, what offensive players should be brought back? The only ones I definitely bring back are Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore.
(Tom from Madison)
Well, Kurt Suzuki isn't going anywhere, Chris Carter will be worth playing, and maybe Daric Barton will have hit his way back to the majors by then. Other than that--I was going to say Cliff Pennington (who was actually Oakland's most valuable player last season, according to WARP), though it would be better if the A's could arrange to bring back his glove and substitute someone else's bat. However, I've just noticed that FRAA seems to hate him this season as much as it loved him in 2010. Anyone noticed any big change in Pennington's play in the field? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove?
(Eric from Denver)
I just really, really wanted to see this in print. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove? ================== Should have read: This season, Derek Jeter is *Chad* Pennington with a better arm?
(dianagramr from NYC)
A winner is you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good or bad should A's fans feel about Cliff Pennington at short in 2010?
(Ryan from Utica)
OK, a more substantive A's question. ;) I'm happy to see Pennington get a chance, because it's clear he doesn't have much left to learn in Sacramento, but guess I worry about what it'll mean for the A's pitching staff, given that the expectation's always been that he makes a better second baseman than a shortstop. His arm's pretty good, but scouty comments about his range don't jibe with some of the statistical metrics (Plus/Minus in particular). Still, it isn't like we're talking about Luis Hernandez. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the AL West appearing so winnable, can the A's really afford to give Bobby "Bones" Crosby a season's worth of at-bats? And what better options are still out there (either in-house or via FA) besides the obvious one in Orlando Cabrera?
(Adam from Italy)
It really does seem to be down to Cabrera, especially since so many of the Kathy Griffin D-listers (I'm looking at you, Adam Everett) are already under contract. But I guess I'm a little more sanguine, in that I'd be willing to risk Cliff Pennington for long stretches. The problem's more one of the additional questions over Eric Chavez's playability and availability, and how well Mark Ellis bounces back from his latest spin with the injury bug, because that's an entire infield's worth of unknowns that no amount of happy thoughts get to go away. (Christina Kahrl)


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