Padres, Estes reach agreement on one-year deal

Updated: January 4, 2006, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

 Shawn Estes
SAN DIEGO -- Starting pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a one-year contract.

The left-hander must pass a physical before the deal is completed. Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA.

Estes would be the only lefty in the Padres' rotation, although they're known to still be interested in reacquiring David Wells from the Boston Red Sox.

The 32-year-old Estes is 99-89 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons. He has also pitched for San Francisco, the New York Mets, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado. His best season was 1997, when he went 19-5 with a 3.18 ERA for the Giants.

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