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Brewers, Kolb agree to one-year, $2 million deal

1/4/2006 - MLB Dan Kolb Milwaukee Brewers + more

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed Wednesday to a
$2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired
him from Atlanta.

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.