Weathers close to two-year deal to return to Reds

Updated: December 4, 2006, 4:44 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Free agent reliever David Weathers is closing in on a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, two baseball sources at the winter meetings told ESPN.com. The agreement is believed to be worth about $5 million.

"It's a done deal," Weathers told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Weathers, 37, has a 63-70 record in 16 major-league seasons. The San Francisco Giants were another club that expressed interest in him, and one source said Weathers turned down at least one three-year offer to pitch for Cincinnati.

He saved 12 games for Cincinnati last season and could be a closer option for the Reds, who also signed Mike Stanton to a two-year, $5.5 million deal two weeks ago.

Weathers makes his offseason home in Loretto, Tenn., and sources said Cincinnati appealed to him because he wants to remain close to his family.

"The last two years of my career I want to be someplace with a chance to [be a closer]," Weathers told The Enquirer. "[The] convenience of being close to home outweighed the money. I left some money on the table."

Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN Insider.

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