Nomo was 4-11 for Dodgers

Updated: January 27, 2005, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the market for an experienced starting pitcher, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays turned to Hideo Nomo.

Hideo Nomo
Starting Pitcher
Los Angeles Dodgers
18 4 11 0 54 8.25

The former NL Rookie of the Year agreed to a minor league contract Thursday after spending more than two months on the disabled list and going 3-11 in 18 starts for Los Angeles in 2004. He would get an $800,000, one-year deal if added to the major league roster and have the chance to make an additional $700,000 in performance bonuses.

Nomo, who was invited to the major league spring training camp, has a 10-year record of 118-101 with a 4.05 ERA in 301 games, including 299 starts.

He was Los Angeles' opening-day starter last season but struggled with injuries. He was out from May 20-June 7 with a split nail on his right index finger and was also on the disabled list from July 1- Aug 31 with an inflamed right shoulder.

Nomo has won 12 or more games seven times and a career-best 16 games twice with the Dodgers in 1996 and 2003. He has struck out 8.93 batters per nine innings in his major league career, fourth best among active pitchers with at least 1,000 innings.

"I will continue to work hard and try my best to be in the starting rotation when the season starts," Nomo said in a statement.

He would earn all his performance bonuses if he pitches 200 innings or more.

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