44-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kirk Rueter in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Kirk Rueter Contract Information:
Reuter signed a two-year, $12-million contract extension covering the 2004-2005 seasons in February 2003. Rueter will be paid $4-million in 2004 and $5-million in 2005. He also gets a $3-million signing bonus, which will be paid in annual $1-million installments beginning in 2004. Retired from baseball in March of 2006.
Rueter announced his retirement on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Kirk Rueter.
Rueter's 4.73 ERA in 2004 was his second-highest with San Francisco, and his nine wins were the lowest total in his nine-year stay with the team. If he doesn't get wins, he's a fantasy liability since he's not a strikeout pitcher.
Rueter was on the wrong side of his personal edge last year, walking too many guys and watching the balls that were caught in 2002 fall for hits in 2003. He's as dependent on his defense as any pitcher in the last 25 years, so predicting what his numbers will be is hard. Pac Bell Park and the Giants offense get him 12 wins as long as he can walk to the mound.
Probably no other NL starter got you 14 wins and a 3.23 ERA as cheaply as Reuter did for you last year. Those numbers, plus a general increase in name recognition as a result of last year's postseason, may lead to relatively high early bidding for Rueter. Don't bite. Rueter has never been a strikeout pitcher – his peak was 5.4 K's per 9 IP in 1997 at the age of 26 (way below average), and since then, the trend has only gotten worse, averaging less than 4.0 K's per 9 IP in each of the last three years. Analysis from Bill James and others has shown us that pitchers with consistently low strikeout totals throughout their career tend to drop off the cliff in terms of effectiveness by their early thirties – and Rueter turns 33 in the offseason. Rueter could be one of the rare exceptions, but you shouldn't spend a mid-round draft pick banking on it. Draft him low if he's still available if you take him at all. We may have just seen his best season.