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Braden Looper

39-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 225   DOB: 10/28/1974   BORN: Mangum, OK   COLLEGE: Wichita State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Retired from baseball in March 2011.

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Looper has announced his retirement from baseball, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Braden Looper 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
2005 30 MAJ NYM 60 0 0 59.3 65 26 7 27 22 4 7 28 3.94 1.47
2006 31 MAJ STL 69 0 0 73.3 76 29 3 41 20 9 3 0 3.56 1.31
2007 32 MAJ STL 31 30 0 175.0 183 96 22 87 51 12 12 0 4.94 1.34
2008 33 MAJ STL 42 33 1 199.0 216 92 25 108 45 12 14 0 4.16 1.31
2009 34 MAJ MIL 34 34 0 194.7 226 113 39 100 64 14 7 0 5.22 1.49
Career  (View All)     679 97 1 1,176.0 1,242 542 132 669 373 72 65 103 4.15 1.37

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Braden Looper Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Braden Looper 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
2005 30 MAJ NYM 60 0 59.3 4.10 3.34 1.23 1.06 76.3% 3.94 4.97 .292
2006 31 MAJ STL 69 0 73.3 5.03 2.45 2.05 0.37 1.26 72% 3.56 3.46 .306
2007 32 MAJ STL 31 30 175.0 4.47 2.62 1.71 1.13 1.14 65.1% 4.94 4.74 .284
2008 33 MAJ STL 42 33 199.0 4.88 2.04 2.40 1.13 1.34 71.6% 90.2 MPH 4.16 4.45 .297
2009 34 MAJ MIL 34 34 194.7 4.62 2.96 1.56 1.80 1.31 70.5% 89.4 MPH 5.22 5.80 .294
Career     679 97 1,176.0 5.12 2.85 1.79 1.01 72.4% 4.15 4.50 .295

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Braden Looper: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Looper signed a minor league deal with the Cubs and is invited to spring training, ESPNChicago.com reports.

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Looper threw for the Cubs Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

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Looper is trying to stay in baseball shape and is waiting for an offer from the Dodgers or another club, MLB.com reports.

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The Brewers declined their $6.5 million option on Looper (knee) for the 2010 season on Friday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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Looper will undergo surgery to clean up the meniscus in his right knee, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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Looper was roughed up for seven runs and 10 hits in just four innings to take the loss against the Cubs on Monday.

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Looper allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings Wednesday, but he still came away with his 13th win of the season.

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Looper allowed two runs in six innings Friday against the Nationals, improving his season record to 11-6.

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For the second time in three starts, Looper got pounded by the Padres, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a walk over five innings.

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Looper held the Dodgers to one run on four hits in 6.2 innings Wednesday.

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Looper was hit hard for the second consecutive start on Friday, allowing six runs on 10 hits over five innings to the Padres.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Braden Looper.

2010

Looper is the definition of an "innings eating fifth starter" and only cemented that in 2009. He allowed 39 home runs while striking out just 4.6 batters per nine innings. The Brewers chose not to pick up their option on Looper and he'll be looking to find work during the winter. Some team will probably give him a chance at the back end of their rotation, but he's not a very good fantasy option with such a low strikeout rate.

2009

After spending nine years in the majors without starting a game, Looper has spent two surprising years in the St. Louis rotation. He was a bit better in his second go-round, improving his ERA, WHIP and K:BB ratio. As of press time, Looper was still a free agent, but with the news that Chris Carpenter might not be available for the start of the season, expect St. Louis to make Looper a one-year offer and put him back in the rotation.

2008

Looper had over 570 appearances in the majors coming into 2007, but none of them were as a starter. His stint in the rotation was a bit of a mixed bag. While the 12 wins and 51 walks in 175 innings are nice, Looper only struck out 87, and he wasn't able to last more than seven innings in any of his starts. He'll likely be a part of the rotation this year, but if the Cardinals pick up a starter or two in the offseason, they'd be happy to move Looper back to the bullpen.

2007

After spending four seasons as a shaky closer with the Marlins and Mets, Looper came to the Cardinals to set up Jason Isringhausen last year. All things considered, Looper had a reasonably successful season. However, when Isringhausen went down, it was rookie Adam Wainwright, not the experienced Looper, who got the call to close. Despite a low strikeout rate (4.10 K/9 in 2005 and 5.03 in 2006) Looper is a good speculative pick for saves if Wainwright moves to the rotation as planned.

2006

Looper's struggles began on Opening Day, when he blew a save for Pedro Martinez, and it didn't get much better from there. He finished the year blowing eight of 36 save chances and was moved out of the closing job in September. Looper's velocity was down a good four or five mph and his strikeouts per nine innings dropped from 6.48 in 2004 to 6.12 in 2005. So it wasn't surprising to find out that he pitched the entire year with a damaged AC joint in his pitching shoulder that required postseason surgery. He'll be a set-up man after signing with the Cardinals and may have a more limited role given his health and continued struggles against lefties, who hit .336 off him.

2005

Looper easily was the Mets' best and most consistent pitcher in 2004. His ERA was below 2.76 in each of the first five months of the year and he finished 29-for-33 in save opportunities. Righties hit just .219 against him, while he struggled somewhat with lefties, who hit him at a .292 clip. He was hurt by the Mets' summer slide, going more than a month between saves, while also being forced to pitch more in the eighth inning. Despite a poor final two months to the season, Looper showed he could handle closing in New York, and should be a solid second-tier closer in 2005.

2004

Looper enters spring training as the Mets closer. By the end of 2003 Looper had lost his closer's job to Ugueth Urbina, but for the most part his season was just as good as the year before, which was about as good as the year before that. Except simlar results in New York.

2003

Looper finally shook that silly "isn't mentally tough enough to close" label, but with Tim Spooneybarger in town he'll probably have to prove himself all over again in the spring. Still doesn't seem to strike out as many batters as he should, but at this point in his career, expectations need to make way for reality.