Ex-Yankees RHP Vizcaino gives Rockies some help in middle innings

DENVER -- The NL champion Colorado Rockies filled a vacancy
in their bullpen Friday by agreeing to a $7.5 million, two-year
contract with right-hander Luis Vizcaino.

Vizcaino, 33, could fill the middle-inning void left by the departure
of reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who reached a preliminary agreement
with the New York Yankees in early December.
Vizcaino was 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA with the Yankees last season,
making a career-high 77 relief appearances and struggling for much
of the first half. His eight wins tied him for the major-league
lead among relief pitchers.
"Luis provides valuable experience and durability to the back
end of our bullpen," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said in a
Vizcaino has a 33-25 record and 4.25 ERA in 485 relief
appearances. He's also pitched for Oakland,
Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox and Arizona.

Vizcaino receives $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons,
and the Rockies have a $4 million option for 2010 with a $500,000
buyout. The option would become guaranteed if Vizcaino appears in
135 games combined in 2008 and 2009, or 68 games in 2009.
Colorado agreed to one-year deals Wednesday with pitchers Mark Redman and Kip Wells, and the Rockies also gave starter Aaron Cook
a $30 million, three-year contract extension. In addition, they
re-signed reliever Matt Herges.
Colorado also brought back catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a
stabilizing influence behind the plate for the pitching staff last