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Postby ukjohn » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:00 pm

ESPN.com
The Phillies signed free-agent reliever Tim Worrell to a two-year contract believed to be worth about $6 million, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported Tuesday.


Worrell's signing firms up the back end of Philadelphia's bullpen, which the club began to make over via a trade for Houston closer Billy Wagner last month. The Phillies sent right-hander Brandon Duckworth and minor league right-handers Taylor Buchholz and Ezequiel Astacio to the Astros.


The Phillies converted only 33 saves in 51 opportunities as right-handers Jose Mesa and Mike Williams both faltered.


Worrell stepped in for three-time All-Star Robb Nen as the San Francisco Giants' closer last season and had 38 saves. Nen underwent shoulder surgery to repair a partial tear in his right rotator cuff and missed the entire year.


In 76 appearances last season, Worrell was 4-4 with a 2.87 ERA. The Giants decided to pare their mid-80s payroll to $70 million for the 2004 season and let go a slew of free agents, including Worrell, Benito Santiago, and Rich Aurilia.


replace Mike Williams and Jose Mesa with Billy Wagner and Tim Worrell. Nice, ;-D
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Postby bell » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:04 pm

Interesting. I had heard the Braves were looking at him. Nice move by the Phillies to step in front of them.
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Postby wrveres » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:18 pm

wow .....


what is up with all these closer candidates going to become setup men ....

:-? Worrell had a couple teams that wanted to use him as a closer .. Interesting ... and if you were just going to be a set up man, why not SF? :-?


This is another dart at the Braves run of 12 ... ;-D its over ...
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Postby bell » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:22 pm

wrveres wrote:and if you were just going to be a set up man, why not SF? :-?

I think don't SF was willing to cough up the 3 mil a year.
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Postby Area51's » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:27 pm

These aren't your older brother's Phillies, thats for sure
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Postby wrveres » Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:34 pm

bell wrote:
wrveres wrote:and if you were just going to be a set up man, why not SF? :-?

I don't SF was willing to cough up the 3 mil a year.


true ...


well look out, cus crack city has a pen ...

Worrell/Wagner is not a bad combo at all ......
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Postby mightyian5 » Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:14 pm

not only does this add skill to the pen, but it also brings character. nice moves for the phillies for the second season in a row.
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Postby Madison » Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:30 pm

Nice move by the Phillies. ;-D
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Postby MashinSpuds » Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:24 pm

Geez, the Phils are really going to miss Ducky and his 10 ER/game. So long shaky future, hello old dudes.
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Postby shortsavage » Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:43 pm

mightyian5 wrote:not only does this add skill to the pen, but it also brings character. nice moves for the phillies for the second season in a row.


Great point. Worrell is an awesome guy. He will bring a lot of positive energy to the new Phillies era.
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