44-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Royce Clayton in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Royce Clayton Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blue Jays in November 2006. Released in August of 2007. Signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox in August of 2007.
The Red Sox designated Clayton for assignment on Tuesday.
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|2006 (Multiple Teams)||36||MAJ||CIN/WAS||137||502||454||49||117||33||30||1||2||40||14||6||30||85||7||6||5||.258||.307||.341||.648|
|2007 (Multiple Teams)||37||MAJ||BOS/TOR||77||216||195||24||48||15||14||0||1||12||2||1||14||53||3||3||1||.246||.296||.333||.629|
|Career (View All)||2108||8,163||7,379||935||1,904||528||363||55||110||723||231||100||565||1,415||112||62||45||.258||.314||.367||.681|
Royce Clayton Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2006 (Multiple Teams)||36||MAJ||CIN/WAS||502||454||6%||16.9%||0.35||81%||.313||.083|
|2007 (Multiple Teams)||37||MAJ||BOS/TOR||216||195||6.5%||24.5%||0.26||73%||.333||.087|
Royce Clayton: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Royce Clayton.
Clayton finished the 2007 season in the Boston organization, making a couple of token appearances for the World Series champs in a September callup. At 38, Clayton's "best" years are behind him and he's likely to retire.
It was a fairly laughable notion that Clayton could somehow replace Felipe Lopez's bat in the lineup, and he wasn't even much of an improvement defensively. The Reds' offense dropped off dramatically following the trade, and Clayton's .235/.290/.329 line while with them played a decent role. Naturally, hitting coach Chris Chambliss was made the scapegoat instead. Clayton is now Toronto's problem -- he'll begin the year starting ahead of John McDonald, with Russ Adams back in the minors.
Clayton posted an abysmal .671 OPS last season, registered a range factor that was slightly below average for NL shortstops - but hey, for those few balls he got to, he looked really slick - and turned 36 in January. The only teams that'll give any thought to signing him are those that look only to his batting average for the last two years (no better home parks in the NL) and remember the occasional web gems. Unless Clayton winds up in a great hitter's park, stay away.
Clayton's 2004 campaign, including a career-high 160 hits, is proof that the thin air and roomy outfield in Colorado can salvage anyone's career. Expect a big decline as the starter in Arizona and we're not sure he can keep the job all season.
Clayton did not play well in 2003, hitting .228 with a .333 SLG. He'll provide solid defense, but he won't provide any offense - even if he makes the Colorado roster.
Clayton has consistently performed better at the plate over the second half of the season than the first half, but the net result still ranks him among the lower tier shortstops in the league.