Re: FA Announcement This Afternoon.
Reds add two to bolster bullpen
By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer
The Reds added two pitchers to their bullpen today, signing veteran right-handers David Weathers and Ben Weber.
Weathers, 35, signed a one-year deal with an option for 2006. Weber, also 35, signed a one-year deal.
Weathers pitched for the New York Mets, Florida and Houston last season. He went a combined 7-7 with a 4.15 ERA. Weathers is a 14-year veteran. Before last season, he had a four-year run where he posted a 3.08 ERA or better.
He pitched for the Reds in 1998, going 2-4 with 6.21 ERA.
Weber spent last season with the Anaheim Angels. He struggled, going 0-2 with a 8.06 ERA. Like Weathers, he had a very effective stretch before 2004. He was 5-1 with a 2.69 ERA in '03, 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA in '02 and 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA in '01.
Weathers made $3.9 million last year; Weber $900,000.
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