Brewers, Kolb agree to one-year, $2 million deal
Dan Kolb Relief Pitcher
2005 SEASON STATISTICS GM W L BB K ERA 65 3 8 29 39 5.93
Milwaukee allowed Kolb to become a free agent Dec. 21, a move that ensured he would not be eligible for salary arbitration.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team is confident the 30-year-old can return to his form of 2003 and 2004, when he had 60 saves and a 2.55 ERA with Milwaukee. Kolb is expected to serve as a setup man for Derrick Turnbow.
"Dan is comfortable with the role of working with Matt Wise in setting up Derrick Turnbow, and he provides additional depth to our stable of relievers," Melvin said.
Kolb was traded to Atlanta after the 2004 season and was given the closer's role as John Smoltz's successor. But he quickly lost the job and went 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA and 11 saves in 65 appearances.
Atlanta dealt Kolb back to Milwaukee Dec. 7 for right-hander Wes Obermueller.
Kolb pitched four seasons for Texas before he signed with the Brewers in 2003 as a free agent.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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