Reliever Marte, Pirates agree to two-year extension

Updated: November 27, 2006, 11:28 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Left-handed reliever Damaso Marte agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday that includes a club option for 2009.

Relief Pitcher
Pittsburgh Pirates

75 1 7 31 63 3.70

Marte, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Rob Mackowiak last December, was 1-7 with a 3.70 ERA while making a career-high 75 appearances this year. He struck out 63 and walked 31 in 58 1/3 innings.

"He's an important guy in our bullpen," general manager Dave Littlefield said.

Marte has been tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to averages of .170 or below in 2003 and 2004. Last season, left-handed hitters had a .225 average with two homers against him.

The 31-year-old Marte has a 15-21 career record, a 3.28 ERA and 31 saves in 382 appearances in seven seasons with Mariners, Pirates and White Sox.

Marte made $1.25 million last season, and the Pirates held $3 million club options for 2007 and 2008. If the Pirates had declined the option and not re-signed him, he would have been owed a $225,000 buyout.

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