Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Updated: November 29, 1:19 PM ET
Orioles work to add Bradford, Williamson to bullpen
ESPN.com news services
BALTIMORE -- Adding another pair of relievers, the Baltimore Orioles reached preliminary agreements with Chad Bradford and
Scott Williamson on Tuesday.
Baltimore also reportedly reached a deal to re-sign first
baseman Kevin Millar and was close to agreement on a contract to add backup catcher Paul Bako.
Bradford will get a $10.5 million, three-year contract and
Williamson will get $900,000 for one year. The agreements were
confirmed by a person familiar with the deals who spoke on
condition of anonymity because they had not been finalized.
The Williamson agreement was first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Millar and the Orioles reportedly agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year
contract. The deal would also contain an option for 2008 that could
become guaranteed based on plate appearances next year.
Bako's deal would be for $900,000 and would give him the chance
to earn $150,000 more in performance bonuses.
Williamson, who can earn an additional $600,000 in performance
bonuses, was scheduled to take a physical Tuesday.
The 30-year-old was 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA this year for the
San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs. He was NL Rookie of the Year in
1999 with Cincinnati, going 12-7 with 107 strikeouts, a 2.41 ERA
and 19 saves.
Bradford, a 32-year-old sidearmer, was 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA this
year with the New York Mets.
Baltimore has been making moves to strengthen a bullpen that was
19-25 with a 5.25 ERA and 35 saves in 56 opportunities. The Orioles
agreed last week to a $12 million, three-year deal with left-hander
Jamie Walker and then agreed Monday to a $19 million, three-year
contract with reliever Danys Baez.
Baez was an All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2005, when he had 41
saves and a 2.86 ERA. The right-hander split last season between
the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, going 5-6 with nine
saves and a 4.53 ERA in 57 games.
Millar batted .272 with 15 homers and 64 RBI for the Orioles
this year. Bako hit .209 with 10 RBI in 153 at-bats with the
Kansas City Royals.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.