Joe Borowski
47-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$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.
PFree Agent  
February 25, 2009
Borowski announced his retirement on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Both the Tigers and Phillies had shown some interest this offseason but never made an official contract offer so Borowski has decided to call it quits.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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PFree Agent  
August 3, 2008
The Red Sox offered Borowski a minor league contract, the Boston Herald reports.
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Joe Borowski: Let Go by Cleveland
PFree Agent  
July 10, 2008
Cleveland released Borowski on Thursday, a week after he was designated for assignment.
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Joe Borowski: Designated for Assignment
PCleveland Indians  
July 4, 2008
The Indians designated Borowski for assignment on Friday, the Associated Press reports.
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Joe Borowski: Days as Closer Over?
PCleveland Indians  
July 3, 2008
Borowski is expected to be relieved of his closer's role before Friday's game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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PCleveland Indians  
July 1, 2008
Borowski allowed two runs on Tuesday and blew a save opportunity for the fourth time this season.
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