Saturday, January 07, 2006

Pitching Notes

Phillies sign a 1-year contract with Ryan Franklin:

Ryan Franklin is ready to put what he considered an unlucky 2005 behind him.

His first step was changing teams, agreeing Thursday to a $2.6 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies after six lackluster seasons in Seattle.

"I don't want to say I wore out my welcome in Seattle, but I was ready to move on," he said.
Franklin had some of the worst run support of any starting pitcher last year, when he went 8-15 with a 5.10 ERA in 190 2-3 innings with the Mariners. They averaged only 3.4 runs per game for him, the second-lowest amount in the American League and tied for fifth-lowest in baseball.

Braves sign relief pitcher, Chris Reitsma:

Relief pitcher Chris Reitsma and the Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration by agreeing Friday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.

Reitsma was 3-6 with a 3.93 ERA and led the team with 15 saves last season, takingover as closer for several months after Dan Kolb was bounced from the job. Reitsma moved back to a more familiar setup role following the trade-deadline deal for Kyle Farnsworth.

Reitsma's new deal includes a $25,000 bonus if he finishes 40 games or $50,000 if he finishes 45. The right-hander pitched in 76 games last season and made a club-record 84 appearances in 2004, his first season with the Braves after being acquired from Cincinnati.

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Kim stays with Colorado:

Pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim stayed with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing Friday to a one-year contract.

Kim rejected salary arbitration on Dec. 19 and had until Sunday to re-sign. He is scheduled to take a physical next week before the contract is finalized.

Kim went 5-12 with a 4.86 ERA in 22 starts and 18 relief appearances last season. He allowed 42 earned runs in 84 innings at Coors Field, making his 4.50 ERA the fourth-lowest home ERA in franchise history for pitchers with at least 81 innings.

Colorado acquired the 26-year-old right-hander from the Boston Red Sox in a trade late in spring training.

Also, Al Lieter signs a Minor League Contract with the Yankees.


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