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Joe Borowski

43-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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Joe Borowski Contract Information:

Filed for free agency in Oct. 2006. Signed a one-year, four million dollar contract with the Indians in Dec. of 2006. Contract includes a club option for a second year. The Indians picked up Borowski's $4 million option for 2008 in November of 2007.

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Borowski announced his retirement on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Joe Borowski Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 33 AAA IOW 7 3 0 7.7 9 7 1 2 4 0 3 0 8.22 1.70
2005 34 AAA IOW 7 0 0 8.0 3 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 2.25 0.75
2005 34 MAJ TAM 32 0 0 35.3 26 15 3 16 11 1 5 0 3.82 1.05
2005 34 MAJ CHN 11 0 0 11.0 12 8 5 11 1 0 0 0 6.55 1.18
2005  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ TAM/CHN 43 0 0 46.3 38 23 8 27 12 1 5 0 4.47 1.08
2006 35 MAJ FLA 72 0 0 69.7 64 29 7 65 33 3 3 36 3.75 1.39
2007 36 MAJ CLE 69 0 0 65.7 77 37 9 58 17 4 5 45 5.07 1.43
2008 37 A LAK 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2008 37 AA AKR 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2008 37 MAJ CLE 18 0 0 16.7 24 14 4 9 8 1 3 6 7.56 1.92
Career  (View All)     423 1 0 454.3 451 211 53 373 177 22 34 131 4.18 1.38

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Joe Borowski Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Joe Borowski Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 33 AAA IOW 7 3 7.7 2.35 4.70 0.50 1.17 50% 8.22 5.94 .290
2005 34 AAA IOW 7 0 8.0 4.50 3.38 1.33 2.25 100% 2.25 6.57 .051
2005 34 MAJ TAM 32 0 35.3 4.08 2.80 1.45 0.76 64.7% 3.82 4.36 .216
2005 34 MAJ CHN 11 0 11.0 9.00 0.82 11.00 4.09 62.5% 6.55 7.39 .259
2005  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ TAM/CHN 43 0 46.3 5.24 2.33 2.25 1.55 64.3% 4.47 5.08 .224
2006 35 MAJ FLA 72 0 69.7 8.40 4.26 1.97 0.90 0.55 75.6% 3.75 4.11 .302
2007 36 MAJ CLE 69 0 65.7 7.95 2.33 3.41 1.23 0.47 67.1% 5.07 4.02 .348
2008 37 A LAK 1 1 1.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 3.20 .000
2008 37 AA AKR 1 0 1.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.20 .355
2008 37 MAJ CLE 18 0 16.7 4.86 4.32 1.13 2.16 0.38 64.3% 85.3 MPH 7.56 6.73 .345
Career     423 1 454.3 7.39 3.51 2.11 1.05 72.5% 4.18 4.28 .305

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Joe Borowski: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Red Sox offered Borowski a minor league contract, the Boston Herald reports.

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Cleveland released Borowski on Thursday, a week after he was designated for assignment.

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The Indians designated Borowski for assignment on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

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Borowski is expected to be relieved of his closer's role before Friday's game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Borowski allowed two runs on Tuesday and blew a save opportunity for the fourth time this season.

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Borowski gave up two runs in the ninth against the Dodgers Friday to suffer his third blown save of the year, but got the win when the Indians scored two runs in the 10th. Masa Kobayashi got the save in relief of Borowski.

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Masa Kobayashi got the save on Friday night, but it wasn't a case of the Indians choosing him over Borowski. Kobayashi came into the game in the eighth with a two-run lead, then the Tribe scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, so he stayed to pitch the ninth with a four-run lead.

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Borowski came into Wednesday's game with the Indians trailing by a run and left with them trailing by three after surrendering run-scoring hits to Alexi Casilla and Justin Morneau.

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Borowski picked up his fourth save of the season in Cleveland’s 5-4 win on Friday evening.

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2014

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2008

Slapped with the "Proven Closer" tag after a 36-save effort with the Marlins in 2006, Borowski once again held onto the role and notched 45 saves for the Tribe in 2007. His overall numbers were somewhat skewed by three rather ghastly outings (a combined 1.2 innings and 14 earned runs) and his ERA drops down from 5.07 to 3.23 and his WHIP from 1.431 to 1.250 if you simply remove those outings, so perhaps all the doom-and-gloom predictions should be dialed back a bit. He has Rafael Betancourt and possibly Masahide Kobayashi waiting in the wings if he falters, but he'll start the season as the closer for one of the AL's elite teams.

2007

Borowski made the most of the chance the Marlins gave him, seizing the closer's role and setting a career high with 36 saves. He parlayed his best season since 2003 into a tidy pile of free agent cash from the Indians, but chances are good he won't have the same success in Cleveland. Still, he's the leading candidate to open the season as Cleveland's closer, but face a challenge from Keith Foulke and a number of promising arms.

2006

Tampa Bay picked him up in midseason, and he became an instant success in an eighth-inning set-up role for the Rays. Don't bet on a repeat of 2005, however; Borowski's batting average allowed on balls in play with the Rays last year was just .217, and that's bound to rise somewhat this year. Still, after Danys Baez and Chad Orvella, he's next on the Rays' closer-in-waiting list.

2005

Borowski went from Cubs closer to set-up man to the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff last season and his status for 2005 is in doubt. The Cubs are in need of a closer, but given Borowski's questionable health, lack of pedigree and struggles a year ago they would do better to opt for someone else. Still, he may get a shot to win the job again this spring if healthy.

2004

Borowski had his second good season in a row as a Cubs reliever in 2003, posting very similar K:BB and K:IP numbers to those he put up during the previous campaign. From a fantasy perspective, there was one tiny little difference, however: he was a CLOSER! As a result, his saves jumped from two to 33, making Borowski one of the best bargains in the auction or one of the best pickups off the free agent wire. Borowski doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he combines good command with enough craftiness to get the job done, and as a result, he has earned the trust of manager Dusty Baker. Borowski should begin the 2004 season as the Cubs' stopper, but as a guy with only slightly above-average stuff and no pedigree whatsoever -- he was in the Mexican League just a few years ago -- he could get bumped to setup duty fairly quickly were he to hit a rough patch. The Cubs' signing of LaTroy Hawkins only makes Borowski's hold on the closer job shakier.

2003

Borowski had a very good season for the Cubs in 2002, posting a 2.73 ERA and a 97/29 K/BB ratio in 95 2/3 IP. Moreover, Borowski allowed a very stingy 84 hits. Keep in mind, however, that middle relievers are notoriously unreliable year-to-year, and that this was far and away the best season of Borowski's career.