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Mainspark
01-05-2007, 04:12 PM
SEATTLE (AP) — Former Atlanta Braves closer Chris Reitsma agreed Friday to a $2.05 million, one-year contract with Seattle to become the Mariners’ setup reliever.

Reitsma gets $1.35 million this year and can earn additional bonuses based on appearances and games finished. Seattle has a $2.7 million option for 2008 with a $700,000 buyout.

He became a free agent last month when the Braves failed to offer a 2007 contract. He made $2.75 million in 2006. The right-hander began last season as the Braves’ closer but lost his job after blowing four of 12 chances. He was 1-2 with an 8.68 ERA in 27 starts before season-ending surgery on his pitching elbow on July 18.

Reitsma, who made $2.75 million last year, will assume the Mariners’ setup role for closer J.J. Putz. Seattle traded 2006 setup man Rafael Soriano to the Braves for starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez earlier this offseason.

Mark Lowe, a rookie surprise in 2006 who was on track to be Putz’s setup man in ’07, had arm surgery in the fall. The Mariners don’t know when Lowe will return.

“Chris is a proven, quality major league pitcher and his ability and track record show that he can pitch at the end of games,” Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said. “When we made our trades earlier this winter, we were confident that setup-quality relief would be available to restock our bullpen.”

Reitsma, who turned 29 last week, has a career record of 32-44 with 37 saves and a 4.58 ERA in 312 appearances, including 53 starts. He pitched for Cincinnati in 2001-03 before joining Atlanta in ’04.

“Chris is a kid who wants to pitch every day,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “In the bullpen, one of the most valuable qualities a pitcher can have is consistency, both in terms of being available and in the results he provides. Chris gives us the consistency we need as we bridge the gap from our starters to J.J.”

Jpup
01-05-2007, 04:21 PM
I'm glad he was signed and I'm glad it was by someone other than Cincinnati.

M2
01-05-2007, 04:26 PM
Seattle's a good spot for him. He could be the new Shigetosi Hasegawa.

Caveat Emperor
01-05-2007, 04:26 PM
I had no doubt he'd get a contract a lot like this, I just imagined the guaranteed dollars would've been a little lower.

Overall, a fairly low-risk move for a team like the Mariners. Good signing, IMO.

deltachi8
01-05-2007, 04:32 PM
phew

Falls City Beer
01-05-2007, 04:39 PM
phew

And how....

Someone just trepan that organization and let the evil spirits out: they just let Soriano get away and they pick up, in his place, Chris Reitsma?

Bleepin' idiots. Wayne and Bavasi HAVE to be drinking buddies.

westofyou
01-05-2007, 04:44 PM
And how....

Someone just trepan that organization and let the evil spirits out: they just let Soriano get away and they pick up, in his place, Chris Reitsma?

Bleepin' idiots. Wayne and Bavasi HAVE to be drinking buddies.

Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love,
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love.

Wheelhouse
01-05-2007, 04:44 PM
Whew! Though the Mariners got a good deal in getting a right fielder for only $2.2 mil.

Heath
01-05-2007, 04:51 PM
Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love,
Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Came singing songs of love.

Who sang that song? Was it this guy?

:dunno:

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gm
01-05-2007, 06:33 PM
How many air miles from Sea-Tac to Calgary?

Wheelhouse
01-05-2007, 07:23 PM
Seriously, how on EARTH can Reitsma command $2 mil? He is dreadful. But this:

“Chris is a proven, quality major league pitcher and his ability and track record show that he can pitch at the end of games,” Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said.

How can he say that at all? It's a flat-out lie. The guy was LOATHED by Braves fans and converted about half his save oportunities. He can't pitch at the end of games, or anywhere in a game for that matter.

Chip R
01-05-2007, 07:32 PM
Seriously, how on EARTH can Reitsma command $2 mil? He is dreadful. But this:

“Chris is a proven, quality major league pitcher and his ability and track record show that he can pitch at the end of games,” Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said.

How can he say that at all? It's a flat-out lie. The guy was LOATHED by Braves fans and converted about half his save oportunities. He can't pitch at the end of games, or anywhere in a game for that matter.


He can pitch at the end of games. That is a true statement. But he can't pitch very well at the end of those games.

Caveat Emperor
01-05-2007, 07:43 PM
Seriously, how on EARTH can Reitsma command $2 mil? He is dreadful.

$2 million is virtually nothing in pitching dollars for veteran talent -- especially for a pitcher that is coming off surgery not involving shoulder or elbow repair.

George Foster
01-05-2007, 11:50 PM
A change in leagues is what the Mariners are banking on. As we know it really helped Arroyo.

Betterread
01-06-2007, 12:46 AM
Wow. Who is Reitsma's agent? Whatever Reitsma paid him, he earned it.

pedro
01-06-2007, 01:36 AM
That article says he made 27 starts. I think they mean 27 appearances.