Orioles work to add Bradford, Williamson to bullpen

Updated: November 29, 2006, 1:19 PM ET
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BALTIMORE -- Adding another pair of relievers, the Baltimore Orioles reached preliminary agreements with Chad Bradford and Scott Williamson on Tuesday.

Baltimore also reportedly reached a deal to re-sign first baseman Kevin Millar and was close to agreement on a contract to add backup catcher Paul Bako.

Bradford will get a $10.5 million, three-year contract and Williamson will get $900,000 for one year. The agreements were confirmed by a person familiar with the deals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not been finalized.

The Williamson agreement was first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Millar and the Orioles reportedly agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. The deal would also contain an option for 2008 that could become guaranteed based on plate appearances next year.

Bako's deal would be for $900,000 and would give him the chance to earn $150,000 more in performance bonuses.

Williamson, who can earn an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses, was scheduled to take a physical Tuesday.

The 30-year-old was 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA this year for the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs. He was NL Rookie of the Year in 1999 with Cincinnati, going 12-7 with 107 strikeouts, a 2.41 ERA and 19 saves.

Bradford, a 32-year-old sidearmer, was 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA this year with the New York Mets.

Baltimore has been making moves to strengthen a bullpen that was 19-25 with a 5.25 ERA and 35 saves in 56 opportunities. The Orioles agreed last week to a $12 million, three-year deal with left-hander Jamie Walker and then agreed Monday to a $19 million, three-year contract with reliever Danys Baez.

Baez was an All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2005, when he had 41 saves and a 2.86 ERA. The right-hander split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, going 5-6 with nine saves and a 4.53 ERA in 57 games.

Millar batted .272 with 15 homers and 64 RBI for the Orioles this year. Bako hit .209 with 10 RBI in 153 at-bats with the Kansas City Royals.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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