Astros sign former Padres right-hander Brocail to 1-year deal
The 40-year-old right-hander played for the Astros in 1995 and 1996. He appeared in 59 games, making 11 starts, and went 7-9 with one save and a 4.35 ERA.
Brocail appeared in 67 games for San Diego last season, all in relief, and went 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA. He held hitters to a .228 average.
"Doug is a battle-tested, veteran reliever who will make our bullpen stronger," new Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "He's a great competitor and has shown the ability to pitch a lot while performing equally well against both left-handed and right-handed hitters."
Brocail's 67 games and 76 2/3 innings pitched in 2007 were his highest totals in both categories since 1999 with Detroit. Over the last two seasons with the Padres, Brocail went 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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