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Matt Thornton

Matthew J. Thornton

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 6", Weight: 235 lb.

Born: September 15, 1976 in Three Rivers, MI
High Schools: Centerville HS (Sturgis, MI), Centreville HS (Centreville, MI)
School: Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
Drafted
by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft.
Signed July 3, 1998. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 27, 2004 (Age 27.286)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2005 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Mariners/Yankees/RedSox 2004-2014
2014 Contract Status: Signed thru 2015, 2 yrs/$7M (14-15) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 9.129, Free Agent: 2016 [*], Agents: Adam Hubble [*]
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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 23, 2014 10:17PM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1002. Steve Hargan… #1003. Bernie Boland… #1004. Jim Deshaies… #1005. MATT THORNTON… #1006. Curt Leskanic… #1007. Jason Frasor… #1008. Jack Wilson… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2004 27 SEA AL 1 2 .333 4.13 19 1 8 0 0 0 32.2 30 15 15 2 25 1 30 0 0 2 148 110 4.30 1.684 8.3 0.6 6.9 8.3 1.20
2005 28 SEA AL 0 4 .000 5.21 55 0 15 0 0 0 57.0 54 33 33 13 42 2 57 0 0 7 262 81 6.20 1.684 8.5 2.1 6.6 9.0 1.36
2006 29 CHW AL 5 3 .625 3.33 63 0 20 0 0 2 54.0 46 20 20 5 21 4 49 1 0 1 227 143 3.76 1.241 7.7 0.8 3.5 8.2 2.33
2007 30 CHW AL 4 4 .500 4.79 68 0 13 0 0 2 56.1 59 31 30 4 26 6 55 2 0 3 249 99 3.70 1.509 9.4 0.6 4.2 8.8 2.12
2008 31 CHW AL 5 3 .625 2.67 74 0 12 0 0 1 67.1 48 20 20 5 19 2 77 2 0 3 268 172 2.75 0.995 6.4 0.7 2.5 10.3 4.05
2009 32 CHW AL 6 3 .667 2.74 70 0 17 0 0 4 72.1 58 22 22 5 20 2 87 1 0 4 291 172 2.46 1.078 7.2 0.6 2.5 10.8 4.35
2010 ★ 33 CHW AL 5 4 .556 2.67 61 0 13 0 0 8 60.2 41 18 18 3 20 5 81 2 0 1 239 161 2.14 1.005 6.1 0.4 3.0 12.0 4.05 AS
2011 34 CHW AL 2 5 .286 3.32 62 0 20 0 0 3 59.2 60 34 22 3 21 5 63 0 0 2 262 131 2.62 1.358 9.1 0.5 3.2 9.5 3.00
2012 35 CHW AL 4 10 .286 3.46 74 0 18 0 0 3 65.0 63 27 25 4 17 4 53 3 0 2 266 123 3.19 1.231 8.7 0.6 2.4 7.3 3.12
2013 36 TOT AL 0 4 .000 3.74 60 0 6 0 0 0 43.1 47 20 18 4 15 1 30 2 0 2 187 112 4.04 1.431 9.8 0.8 3.1 6.2 2.00
2013 36 CHW AL 0 3 .000 3.86 40 0 3 0 0 0 28.0 25 14 12 4 10 1 21 2 0 1 116 109 4.69 1.250 8.0 1.3 3.2 6.8 2.10
2013 36 BOS AL 0 1 .000 3.52 20 0 3 0 0 0 15.1 22 6 6 0 5 0 9 0 0 1 71 118 2.85 1.761 12.9 0.0 2.9 5.3 1.80
2014 37 NYY AL 0 3 .000 2.95 41 0 5 0 0 0 21.1 22 9 7 0 6 2 17 4 0 0 97 136 2.95 1.313 9.3 0.0 2.5 7.2 2.83
11 Yrs 32 45 .416 3.51 647 1 147 0 0 23 589.2 528 249 230 48 232 34 599 17 0 27 2496 127 3.39 1.289 8.1 0.7 3.5 9.1 2.58
162 Game Avg. 3 5 .416 3.51 68 0 15 0 0 2 62 55 26 24 5 24 4 63 2 0 3 262 127 3.39 1.289 8.1 0.7 3.5 9.1 2.58
CHW (8 yrs) 31 35 .470 3.28 512 0 116 0 0 23 463.1 400 186 169 33 154 29 486 13 0 17 1918 137 3.02 1.196 7.8 0.6 3.0 9.4 3.16
SEA (2 yrs) 1 6 .143 4.82 74 1 23 0 0 0 89.2 84 48 48 15 67 3 87 0 0 9 410 90 5.51 1.684 8.4 1.5 6.7 8.7 1.30
NYY (1 yr) 0 3 .000 2.95 41 0 5 0 0 0 21.1 22 9 7 0 6 2 17 4 0 0 97 136 2.95 1.313 9.3 0.0 2.5 7.2 2.83
BOS (1 yr) 0 1 .000 3.52 20 0 3 0 0 0 15.1 22 6 6 0 5 0 9 0 0 1 71 118 2.85 1.761 12.9 0.0 2.9 5.3 1.80
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
2004 27 SEA AL 32.2 19 1 15 4.13 5.20 0.11 -0.30 98.5 4.72 2 0.2 .4 -0.1 0.4 6 .509 .501
2005 28 SEA AL 57.0 55 0 33 5.21 5.01 -0.02 -0.38 95.4 4.44 -5 -0.5 .8 -0.1 -0.0 1 .490 .497 $323,000
2006 29 CHW AL 54.0 63 0 20 3.33 5.06 -0.20 -0.37 104.5 5.10 10 1.0 1.5 0.1 1.7 17 .516 .506 $355,000
2007 30 CHW AL 56.1 68 0 31 4.95 5.10 -0.38 -0.38 103.8 5.29 2 0.2 1.6 -0.1 0.7 8 .502 .501 $425,000
2008 31 CHW AL 67.1 74 0 20 2.67 4.88 -0.16 -0.36 105.0 4.91 16 1.6 1.4 0.1 2.4 24 .521 .510 $875,000
2009 32 CHW AL 72.1 70 0 22 2.74 4.88 -0.13 -0.36 104.6 4.86 16 1.7 1.6 0.3 2.7 25 .524 .510 $1,325,000
2010 ★ 33 CHW AL 60.2 61 0 18 2.67 4.47 -0.28 -0.34 104.1 4.58 12 1.3 1.6 0.3 2.2 19 .522 .508 $2,250,000 AS
2011 34 CHW AL 59.2 62 0 34 5.13 4.45 -0.08 -0.34 103.5 4.33 -5 -0.6 1.5 -0.3 -0.2 1 .491 .496 $3,000,000
2012 35 CHW AL 65.0 74 0 27 3.74 4.49 0.04 -0.33 105.5 4.34 4 0.5 1.6 -0.0 1.1 11 .506 .503 $5,500,000
2013 36 CHW AL 28.0 40 0 14 4.50 4.52 -0.32 -0.33 106.4 4.79 0 0.1 1.7 -0.0 0.3 4 .501 .500
2013 36 BOS AL 15.1 20 0 6 3.52 4.40 0.18 -0.33 103.0 4.02 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .503 .500 $5,500,000
2014 37 NYY AL 21.1 41 0 9 3.80 4.57 -0.22 -0.34 101.2 4.51 1 0.1 1.3 -0.0 0.3 4 .503 .501 $3,500,000
11 Seasons 589.2 647 1 249 3.80 4.78 -0.13 -0.35 103.2 4.70 54 5.5 1.4 0.1 11.9 122 .508 .504 $23,053,000
CHW (8 yrs) 463.1 512 0 186 3.61 4.74 -0.17 -0.35 104.6 4.77 55 5.6 1.6 0.4 11.0 109 .511 .505 $13,730,000
SEA (2 yrs) 89.2 74 1 48 4.82 5.08 0.03 -0.35 96.5 4.54 -4 -0.4 .7 -0.2 0.4 7 .495 .498 $323,000
NYY (1 yr) 21.1 41 0 9 3.80 4.57 -0.22 -0.34 101.2 4.51 1 0.1 1.3 -0.0 0.3 4 .503 .501 $3,500,000
BOS (1 yr) 15.1 20 0 6 3.52 4.40 0.18 -0.33 103.0 4.02 1 0.1 1.0 -0.0 0.2 2 .503 .500 $5,500,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2008 31 CHW AL ALDS L TBR 0 0 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 0 3.1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 14 1.200 5.4 0.0 5.4 5.4 1.00
1 ALDS 0 0 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 0 3.1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 14 1.200 5.4 0.0 5.4 5.4 1.00

Standard Batting

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2004 27 SEA AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 28 SEA AL 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 29 CHW AL 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 30 CHW AL 68 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 31 CHW AL 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 32 CHW AL 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 ★ 33 CHW AL 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 AS
2011 34 CHW AL 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 35 CHW AL 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 36 TOT AL 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 36 CHW AL 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 36 BOS AL 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2014 37 NYY AL 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
11 Yrs 647 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
CHW (8 yrs) 512 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0 0 0 0 0
SEA (2 yrs) 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NYY (1 yr) 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BOS (1 yr) 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
2004 27 SEA AL 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 1
2005 28 SEA AL 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $323,000 1
2006 29 CHW AL 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $355,000 1
2007 30 CHW AL 68 1 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $425,000 1
2008 31 CHW AL 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $875,000 1
2009 32 CHW AL 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $1,325,000 1
2010 ★ 33 CHW AL 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $2,250,000 1 AS
2011 34 CHW AL 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $3,000,000 1
2012 35 CHW AL 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $5,500,000 1
2013 36 CHW AL 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 1
2013 36 BOS AL 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .501 .500 0.0 0 $5,500,000 1
2014 37 NYY AL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $3,500,000 1
11 Seasons 611 1 -0 0 0 0 3 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .500 .500 0.3 0.6 3 $23,053,000
CHW (8 yrs) 512 1 -0 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .500 .500 0.2 0.4 2 $13,730,000
SEA (2 yrs) 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.1 0 $323,000
NYY (1 yr) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $3,500,000
BOS (1 yr) 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .501 .500 0.0 0 $5,500,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 31 CHW AL ALDS TBR L 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 ALDS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
2004 SEA AL 27 P 19 1 0 32.2 4 0 4 0 1 1.000 0 0 1.10 0.21 .948 1.65 1.65 1 2 67% 32% 0
2005 SEA AL 28 P 55 0 0 57.0 6 0 6 0 1 1.000 -3 -11 0.95 0.11 .953 1.71 1.68 6 0 0% 30% 0
2006 CHW AL 29 P 63 0 0 54.0 11 2 8 1 0 .909 0 0 1.67 0.16 .958 1.57 1.54 4 0 0% 30% 0
2007 CHW AL 30 P 68 0 0 56.1 13 5 8 0 2 1.000 3 11 2.08 0.19 .955 1.60 1.59 1 1 50% 26% 0
2008 CHW AL 31 P 74 0 0 67.1 9 1 8 0 1 1.000 0 0 1.20 0.12 .952 1.60 1.59 4 0 0% 27% 0
2009 CHW AL 32 P 70 0 0 72.1 12 2 9 1 2 .917 1 3 1.37 0.16 .953 1.53 1.51 4 5 56% 26% 1
2010 CHW AL 33 P 61 0 0 60.2 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 0 0 0.89 0.10 .953 1.63 1.61 3 0 0% 26% 0 AS
2011 CHW AL 34 P 62 0 0 59.2 12 5 7 0 0 1.000 -3 -10 1.81 0.19 .949 1.60 1.59 13 2 13% 28% 1
2012 CHW AL 35 P 74 0 0 65.0 16 2 14 0 2 1.000 3 9 2.22 0.22 .954 1.56 1.56 4 2 33% 26% 2
2013 TOT AL 36 P 60 0 0 43.1 11 3 6 2 0 .818 1 4 1.87 0.15 .956 1.54 1.53 5 1 17% 26% 0
2013 CHW AL 36 P 40 0 0 28.0 9 2 5 2 0 .778 1 8 2.25 0.18 .957 1.54 1.53 4 1 20% 26% 0
2013 BOS AL 36 P 20 0 0 15.1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.17 0.10 .955 1.53 1.53 1 0 0% 26% 0
2014 NYY AL 37 P 41 0 0 21.1 5 1 4 0 0 1.000 -1 -9 2.11 0.12 .956 1.52 1.51 4 2 33% 28% 1
11 Seasons P 647 1 0 589.2 105 21 80 4 9 .962 1 0 1.54 0.16 .954 1.59 1.57 49 15 23% 28% 5
11 Seasons TOT 647 1 0 589.2 105 21 80 4 9 .962 1 1 1.54 0.16 .954 1.59 1.57 49 15 23% 28% 5
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Games Played s c a p y
2008 AL  74 (5th)
2012 AL  74 (6th)
Active  647 (10th)
Career  647 (142nd)

Games Finished s c a p y
Active  147 (45th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
Active  59 (47th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
Active  5.9 (50th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
2009 AL  3.3 (9th)
2010 AL  2.8 (9th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
Active  5.8 (49th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
2008 AL  74 (5th)
Active  647 (10th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
Active  1.54 (22nd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
Active  .962 (15th)

                           

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 2 (2524), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 6 (1238), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 9 (963), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Relief Pitcher (170th), 12.1 career WAR/11.6 7yr-peak WAR/11.8 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
2005 28 Seattle Mariners $323,000 ?
2006 29 Chicago White Sox $355,000 ?
2007 30 Chicago White Sox $425,000 ?
2008 31 Chicago White Sox $875,000 ?
2009 32 Chicago White Sox $1,325,000 ?
2010 33 Chicago White Sox $2,250,000 5.129
2011 34 Chicago White Sox $3,000,000 6.129
2012 35 Chicago White Sox $5,500,000 7.129 contracts
2013 36 Boston Red Sox $5,500,000 8.129 contracts $750k paid by Chicago White Sox
2014 37 New York Yankees $3,500,000 9.129
201538New York Yankees$3,500,000
Earliest Free Agent: 2016
Career to date (may be incomplete)$23,053,000Does not include future salaries
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Matthew J. Matt matthew Thornton thorton thronton

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