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12/19/2008 6:52 PM ET
D-backs sign Travis Blackley to Major League contract
Australia native spent time with Mariners, Giants and Phillies
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PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks today signed left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley to a Major League contract, as announced by D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes.

Blackley, 26, pitched in 28 games (21 starts) last season for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He went 5-10 with a 5.41 ERA with 59 walks and 87 strikeouts in 123.0 innings pitched, the third-most on the team.

Blackley has pitched in 12 games for Aguilas de Mexicali of the Mexican Winter League this offseason. He has gone 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA, striking out 55 over 63.2 innings pitched.

Blackley, a native of Melbourne, Australia, has spent time in the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. He originally signed with the Mariners as an undrafted free agent on Oct. 29, 2000. Blackley has appeared in eight Major League contests, all starts, (six for Seattle in 2004 and two for San Francisco in 2007), going 1-3 with a 9.35 ERA in 34.2 innings. Blackley, the 2003 Texas League Pitcher of the Year, is 60-49 with 3.92 ERA in 913.0 innings pitched over 166 games (155 starts) over his minor league career.

The addition of Blackley brings the D-backs' 40-man roster to 37 players.

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