Braden Looper
44-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Retired from baseball in March 2011.
PFree Agent  
March 25, 2011
Looper has announced his retirement from baseball, Carrie Muskat of reports.
Looper was locked in a struggle for a job on the Cubs' staff with Carlos Silva and announced his retirement as soon as he was told that Silva had won it.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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PChicago Cubs  
January 27, 2011
Looper signed a minor league deal with the Cubs and is invited to spring training, reports.
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PFree Agent  
April 20, 2010
Looper threw for the Cubs Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of reports.
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PFree Agent  
March 5, 2010
Looper is trying to stay in baseball shape and is waiting for an offer from the Dodgers or another club, reports.
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PFree Agent  
November 13, 2009
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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Braden Looper: Set for Knee Surgery
PMilwaukee Brewers  
October 3, 2009
Looper will undergo surgery to clean up the meniscus in his right knee, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
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