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Indians: Wickman re-signs
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Bob Wickman is coming back for another year in Cleveland. The Indians have agreed to terms with the veteran closer on a one-year, $2.75-million contract. In October, the Tribe declined to pick up Wickman's $5-million option for next season. Wickman missed the entire 2003 season and spent the first three months of the 2004 season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery. He finished with an 0-2 record, 4.25 ERA and 13 saves.
At the end of the season Wickman was contemplating retirement, but he ultimately decided he still wanted to pitch and was receiving interest from several teams. The Indians had made obtaining a closer one of their two top off-season priorities (along with a starting pitcher) and when Troy Percival signed with the Tigers, the attention was shifted back to Wickman. Now the Tribe will look toward the top starting pitchers not named Pedro Martinez left in the free agency pool. Bob is a sleeper fantasy closer heading into next season after finishing well down the stretch.
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