12/08/2006 1:10 PM ET
Dodgers sign Schmidt to three-year contract
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed three-time All-Star right-hander Jason Schmidt to a three-year contract through 2009, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"Jason is a top of the rotation starter who can dominate a game as well as any pitcher in the Major Leagues," said Colletti. "He's a proven winner and that's something that's very hard to find."
Schmidt, 33, has a 127-90 career record and 3.91 ERA over 12 seasons with the Braves, Pirates and Giants. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and won the National League ERA title in 2003 with a 2.34 mark, finishing second in the Cy Young Award voting behind Eric Gagné.
Since joining the Giants in 2001, Schmidt has gone 78-37 with a 3.36 ERA and 1,065 strikeouts in 1069.2 innings. His .678 winning percentage is the best in San Francisco Giant history and his .661 mark (84-43) since 2001 is the eighth-best in baseball during that span.
Over the past six seasons, Schmidt has averaged 14 victories with a 3.45 ERA (442 ER/1153.1 IP) and more than 190 innings. During that time, he has fanned 1,142 batters, the fifth-most in the Major Leagues behind Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Javier Vazquez. He won a career-high 18 games in 2004 when he also tallied career bests of 225.0 innings pitched and 251 strikeouts.
In 304 career starts, Schmidt has pitched 6.0 or more innings 218 times, topping the 200-inning mark five times in his career. He has made 30 or more starts five times in his career and has won 13 or more games on five occasions.
Named to the National League All-Star team in 2003, 2004 and 2006, Schmidt earned National League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2004 from The Sporting News. That season, in a vote by his peers around the league, he was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the Year in the Players' Choice Awards.
Schmidt has twice guided the Giants to the postseason, including an appearance in the World Series in 2002. In five career playoff starts, the Idaho native is 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 32 strikeouts and nine walks.
Schmidt was raised in Washington state and was originally selected by Atlanta in the eighth round of the June 1991 First-Year Player Draft. He played for current Dodger manager Grady Little at Triple-A Richmond in 1995 after making his Major League debut at Dodger Stadium on April 28 of that season. He finished the year under Little by going 8-6 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 minor league starts.
During his tenure in San Francisco, Schmidt was dedicated to the local community, earning the club's Roberto Clemente Award nomination in 2003. He has donated $75,000 worth of tickets the last four seasons to local charitable organizations and founded the J-Zone Program in which he meets with more than 1,000 underprivileged kids each year.