Ex-Yankees RHP Vizcaino gives Rockies some help in middle innings
Vizcaino was 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA with the Yankees last season, making a career-high 77 relief appearances and struggling for much of the first half. His eight wins tied him for the major-league lead among relief pitchers.
"Luis provides valuable experience and durability to the back end of our bullpen," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said in a statement.
Vizcaino receives $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons, and the Rockies have a $4 million option for 2010 with a $500,000 buyout. The option would become guaranteed if Vizcaino appears in 135 games combined in 2008 and 2009, or 68 games in 2009.
Colorado agreed to one-year deals Wednesday with pitchers Mark Redman and Kip Wells, and the Rockies also gave starter Aaron Cook a $30 million, three-year contract extension. In addition, they re-signed reliever Matt Herges.
Colorado also brought back catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a stabilizing influence behind the plate for the pitching staff last season.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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