Torres to get $200,000 signing bonus

Updated: November 12, 2004, 5:42 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Salomon Torres' two-year contract will pay him $2.6 million, including a $200,000 signing bonus.

Salomon Torres
Relief Pitcher
Pittsburgh Pirates
84 7 7 0 62 2.64

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 finished.

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.

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