Thursday, January 05, 2006

Kolb to Milwaukee;Conine to Baltimore


The Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed Wednesday to a $2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired him from Atlanta.

Milwaukee allowed Kolb to become a free agent Dec. 21, a move that ensured he would not be eligible for salary arbitration.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team is confident the 30-year-old can return to his form of 2003 and 2004, when he had 60 saves and a 2.55 ERA with Milwaukee. Kolb is expected to serve as a setup man for Derrick Turnbow.

"Dan is comfortable with the role of working with Matt Wise in setting up Derrick Turnbow, and he provides additional depth to our stable of relievers," Melvin said.

Kolb was traded to Atlanta after the 2004 season and was given the closer's role as John Smoltz's successor. But he quickly lost the job and went 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA and 11 saves in 65 appearances.

Atlanta dealt Kolb back to Milwaukee Dec. 7 for right-hander Wes Obermueller.

Kolb pitched four seasons for Texas before he signed with the Brewers in 2003 as a free agent.

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Jeff Conine and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract on Wednesday.

The outfielder, who was with the Orioles from 1999-03, hit .304 and had a .374 on-base percentage in 131 games for Florida last season, batting .327 after the All-Star break. He played left field, right field, first base and designated hitter.

Conine's deal includes a $2 million mutual option for 2007 that would become guaranteed if he has 450 plate appearances this year. He also can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses, getting the whole amount if he plays in 140 games and has 550 plate appearances.

Conine was an original Marlin who won World Series rings during two separate stints with the team, in 1997 and 2003.

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2 Comments:

  • I'm a huge baseball fan, especially the Astros. Hope you'll check my blog out, especially when the season starts, where I'll give game-by-game analysis.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 12:25 PM  

  • Cool, the Astros are great!!!

    (The definitely need more offense though)

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:21 AM  

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