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Cubs sign RHP Simontacchi to minor-league deal

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Jason Simontacchi agreed Friday to a
minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The 32-year-old right-hander sat out last season after shoulder
surgery in October 2004, a month before the St. Louis Cardinals
released him. Simontacchi had a 5.28 ERA and no decisions in 13
relief appearances in 2004 and was 20-10 with a 4.77 ERA in 40
starts and 43 relief appearances in three seasons with the
Cardinals.

Simontacchi spent time in Kansas City's, Pittsburgh's and
Minnesota's minor league systems before signing with St. Louis in
January 2002.

If added to the 40-man roster, Simontacchi would get a one-year
contract that would pay him at an annual rate of $610,000 in the
major leagues and $240,000 in the minors.