Padres finalize deal with Estes

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres
finalized a one-year contract on Tuesday, nearly a week after they
agreed to terms.

The team had been waiting for results of a physical exam and an
Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle
injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA.
Estes is the only lefty in the Padres' rotation, although
they're known to still be interested in reacquiring David Wells
from the Boston Red Sox.
The 32-year-old Estes is 99-89 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 major
league seasons. He also has pitched for San Francisco, the New York
Mets, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado. His best season
was 1997, when he went 19-5 with a 3.18 ERA for the Giants.