The Pirates' top setup man will make $1 million in 2005 -- a
$250,000 raise from last season, when he was among the NL's
most-used relievers -- and $1.4 million in 2006.
Torres' deal, agreed to Thursday, includes contract escalators
of $25,000 for 30 games finished in 2005, $35,000 for 35 games
finished, $45,000 for 40 games finished, $55,000 for 45 games
finished, $65,000 for 50 games finished and $75,000 for 55 games
Torres, 32, was 7-7 with a 2.64 ERA in 84 appearances last
season, the most by a Pirates reliever since Kent Tekulve pitched
in 85 games in 1982. Torres was fourth among NL relievers in
innings pitched with 92.
Torres is 16-13 with two saves and a 3.70 ERA in 130 games over the last three seasons with Pittsburgh, in what effectively is his
second major league career. He did not pitch in organized baseball
from 1998-2001 and spent two years as the pitching coach for the
Montreal Expos' Dominican Republic summer league affiliate before
signing a minor league deal with the Pirates.
The right-hander was 11-25 mostly as a starter with the Giants, Mariners and Expos from 1993-97.