Veteran reliever Wickman signs with Diamondbacks

Updated: September 8, 2007, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks signed veteran reliever Bob Wickman on Friday to add bullpen depth.

The 38-year-old righthander was released by the Atlanta Braves last month. He was 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 49 appearances this season. He had 20 saves in 26 appearances.

Wickman joins a bullpen that has been one of the strengths of the surprising Diamondbacks, who led the NL West by game entering play Friday.

"We've got arms down there," manager Bob Melvin said, "but this is another quality arm that's been through it."

Wickman can spell any of Arizona's usual late-inning trio of Brandon Lyon, Tony Pena and closer Jose Valverde. He also could come in to shut down an opponent in the sixth, Melvin said.

Wickman, a two-time all-star, is 63-60 with a 3.58 ERA in parts of 15 major league seasons.

He would not be eligible for the postseason "but he's a veteran arm to help us get there," general manager Josh Byrnes said.

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