Jered Weaver
Jered Weaver
37-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Padres in February of 2017.
Announces retirement Wednesday
PFree Agent  
August 16, 2017
Weaver announced his retirement Wednesday after spending 12 years in the majors.
Weaver has been battling back from a left hip injury that's kept him off the field since mid-May, but the 34-year-old decided to call it a career after it became apparent that the issue was not going away as quickly as he had hoped. During just nine starts with the Padres, Weaver accumulated a 7.44 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, and has been unable to recapture his form the past few years. Weaver leaves the league having played 11 seasons with the Angels and just a few months with San Diego, totaling 150 wins in more than 2,000 innings during his major-league career.
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It was another season, and another down year for Weaver in 2016. The former ace continued his rapid decline, as he saw his fastball continue to decrease in velocity, his ERA jump to 5.06, and his HR/9 skyrocket to 1.9. Even his typically-excellent control was lacking, as his 2.6 BB/9 was nearly a full walk higher than 2015. If one positive can be taken from 2016, it's that the veteran managed to stay healthy for almost the entire season, with his only hiccup being a lower-back injury he sustained in his final start of the season. That being said, Weaver's tenure in Anaheim is likely over, and considering his rough performance as of late (with his peripherals actually signaling that things could have been worse), it'll be tough for him to garner a large role no matter where he lands in free agency. The 34-year-old seems to be destined for a long relief role unless a struggling team is in the market for a veteran rotation presence.
Weaver's skills continued to diminish in 2015, as he lost a full three miles per hour on his fastball (83.3 average velocity) and saw his HR/9 rate rise for the fourth consecutive year, settling at 1.4 in 26 starts. If there was a positive to be taken from his season, it's that Weaver regained his trademark control, allowing just 33 walks in 159 innings, but the sum total was a career-worst 4.64 ERA, with an xFIP that was over 5.00. While he was confident he would bounce back following his struggles in 2014, it is clear that he is in the back half of his career. Weaver started working out earlier than usual this offseason in order to build strength, but there isn't much that can be taken from his peripherals that would forecast improvement on the horizon, as his K/9 rate fell to a career-worst 5.9.
Weaver's ERA rose for the third consecutive year in 2014, in what seems to have been triggered by a career-high home-run rate (1.1 HR/9) and his highest walk rate since 2009 (7.3% BB%). Weaver responded to rumblings about the lack of velocity on his fastball last offseason by saying he would be fine as long as he hit his spots, but the 32-year-old's velocity held steady in 2014, and he increased his strikeout rate. While home runs allowed in a given year can sometimes be attributed to simple fluctuation, this may not strictly be true in Weaver's case, as his home run rate has now risen three years in a row. The Angels will rely on Weaver to throw another 200-inning season in 2015, but it seems as though he is losing value with each passing year. To stabilize his value, Weaver needs to cut his walk rate from the elevated 2.7 BB/9 mark he posted last season.
The 2013 season started off on a sour note for Weaver, as a broken left (non-pitching) elbow in early April left him sidelined for seven weeks. Upon his return, however, he picked up where he left off in 2012, as he once again led the Angels' staff with a 3.27 ERA. Weaver may not strikeout batters the way he once did, but he was able to once again limit free passes (2.2 BB/9) and long balls (1.0 HR/9) last season, while stranding baserunners at a 78.5 percent clip. While Weaver's fastball velocity dipped once again in 2013, averaging just 86.5 mph, the veteran righty is an extreme flyball pitcher in one of the biggest ballparks in the game. That, combined with being a control artist, should help him keep his ERA down, even as his other skills continue to erode.
Weaver finished third in the 2012 AL Cy Young voting after going 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA, league-leading 1.02 WHIP, and 142:45 K:BB ratio over 30 starts and 188.2 innings. The 142 strikeouts were a disappointment, as was his 6.8 K/9, but Weaver's other numbers left fantasy owners with nothing to complain about and he finished in the top-five of the AL Cy Young voting for the third year in a row. Such a low ERA and WHIP would normally be unsustainable for a pitcher with a pedestrian strikeout rate, but Weaver is a flyball specialist who benefits from the spacious Angel Stadium and an outfield that will include defensive studs Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos. While the Angels would surely like to see Weaver improve his velocity and strikeout numbers after consecutive years of decline, he should be fine so long as he can put a halt to the downward trend.
Weaver established himself as an ace several seasons ago, but he was one of the best pitchers in the game in 2011. His ERA, WHIP, and BAA all fell for the third straight season, and he finished the campaign with a 18-8 record, a 2.41 ERA, and a 198:56 K:BB ratio in 235.2 innings. It will be tough for Weaver to lower his numbers any further, but he will have as good a chance as anyone of winning 20 games this season with the improved run support he'll receive with Albert Pujols joining the lineup.
Weaver had been a pretty good pitcher ever since entering the league in 2006, but he finally put it all together last season. Weaver posted a sparkling 3.01 ERA over a career-high 224.1 innings and led all of MLB with 233 strikeouts. Weaver does not walk many batters, and he figures to improve upon his 13 wins if the Angels can be a bit more consistent on offense. Weaver has only been getting better the last couple seasons and is entering his prime, so expect him to have another fine season in 2011. Just don't expect to get him with the same middle-round pick it took to get him last year.
Five years removed from the hype that surrounded his selection, Weaver finally threw 200 innings in an MLB season. He's been more or less the same pitcher from the moment he joined the Angels, an above-average starter.
Weaver finished the 2008 season 11-10 in 30 starts for the Angels. He posted a 4.33 ERA and also struck out 152 batters. Weaver’s numbers seem very average, but his ability to take the mound every fifth day is one of his greatest assets. Weaver doesn’t have the dominant stuff to make a dramatic improvement, but he is not likely to decline and should continue to be an important member of the Angels’ rotation next season.
For the second straight season, Weaver proved that he has the ability to be a successful pitcher in the major leagues. Weaver doesn’t blow batters away, but he has figured out how to get major league hitters out and will have a spot in the Angels’ starting rotation next season. Weaver’s ceiling isn’t as high as some of the other young pitchers, so his numbers aren’t likely to be significantly better next season.
The main thing to remember is that Weaver is likely as good, right now, as he's ever going to be. There's not much room for him to grow, being as polished as he is. That makes him a top-20 starter in an AL league, of course. His ERA is likely to rise with his home-run rate, which was very low for a pitcher with a 0.61 GB/FB ratio.
Weaver has a shot at earning a rotation spot going into camp. The 12th overall pick in the 2004 draft is advancing very quickly after he didn't sign until early in 2005 and was solid in his Arizona Fall League stint. The Angels would prefer to start him off in the minors to fine tune his mechanics, but he's likely to arrive for good before July is over.
Weaver is probably the most talented pitcher to come out of college since Mark Prior. He's close to major league-ready but is still slightly shaky mechanically—more similar in this respect to his brother Jeff than to Prior. He has yet to sign with the Angels.
The brother of Dodgers’ Jeff Weaver is highly competitive, and the most polished pitcher to come out of College since Mark Prior. He’s close to major-league ready but doesn't have the best stuff and is shaky mechanically, similar to his brother more than Prior. Probably the best choice in the 2004 draft but agent Scott Boras has insisted on a signing bonus approaching $10 million which will push his draft position down.
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No timetable for return
PSan Diego Padres  
July 9, 2017
Weaver (hip) is in San Diego working on his health, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Set for rehab assignment
PSan Diego Padres  
June 17, 2017
Weaver (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Completes sim game Friday
PSan Diego Padres  
June 16, 2017
Weaver (hip) threw three innings in a simulated game Friday, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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To toss simulated game this weekend
PSan Diego Padres  
June 13, 2017
Weaver (hip) is scheduled to throw to live hitters during a simulated game this weekend, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Throws bullpen session
PSan Diego Padres  
June 3, 2017
Weaver (hip) threw a bullpen session Friday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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