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RHP Kip Wells and LHP Mark Redman agree to one-year contracts12/19/2007 4:12 PM ET
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that right-handed pitcher Kip Wells and left-handed pitcher Mark Redman have both agreed to one-year contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed, per club policy. Wells, 30, spent last season with St. Louis, going 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA (162.2 ip, 103 er) in 34 games/26 starts. His 3.43 runs of support per 9 innings was the lowest among major league pitchers with 20 or more starts and his 62 runs of support ranked as the 8th-lowest in the league. The 6-foot-3 right-hander had his best season in 2003 as he went 10-9 with a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates. He posted a National League-best 2.12 ERA at home that season. Wells has gone 64-91 with a 4.63 ERA (1190.2 ip, 612 er) in 231 games/203 starts with Chicago-AL (1999-2001), Pittsburgh (2002-06), Texas (2006) and St. Louis (2007). The Houston native attended Baylor University before being drafted 16th overall in the first round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 June draft. Redman, who will turn 34 on Jan. 5, was signed by the Rockies this past season to a minor league contract in late August and went 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA (19.2 ip, 7 er) in 5 games/3 starts for Colorado. Redman produced some clutch performances for the Rockies in September, including a 5.0-inning shutout performance in relief on Sept. 12 at Philadelphia in Colorado's 12-0 victory. For the year, Redman went 2-4 with a 7.62 ERA (41.1 ip, 35 er) in 11 games/8 starts for Atlanta and Colorado. A 2006 American League All-Star, Redman was originally a first round pick (13th overall) by Minnesota in the 1995 June draft. He has gone 66-80 with a 4.75 ERA in 209 games/194 starts for Minnesota (1999-2001), Detroit (2001-02), Florida (2003), Oakland (2004), Pittsburgh (2005), Kansas City (2006), Atlanta (2007), and Colorado (2007). He established career bests in wins (14), ERA (3.59), and strikeouts (151) in 2003 for the World Series champion Florida Marlins, making four postseason starts for the club that year. With these moves, the Rockies now have 37 players on the club's 40-man roster.
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