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O's add Bradford to bullpen overhaul

Posted: Tuesday November 28, 2006 6:48PM; Updated: Tuesday November 28, 2006 6:48PM
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By Jon Heyman, SI.com

NEW YORK -- Reliever Chad Bradford has agreed to a $10.5-million, three-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, SI.com has learned.

The sidearming Bradford, 32, further bolsters a Baltimore bullpen that previously added Jamie Walker and Danys Baez. Bradford was 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA for the Mets in 2006. In 62 innings, he allowed 59 hits and just 13 walks while striking out 45.

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Baltimore has been making moves to strengthen a bullpen that was 19-25 with a 5.25 ERA and 35 saves in 56 opportunities last season.

Bradford was an All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2005, when he had 41 saves and a 2.86 ERA. The right-hander split last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, going 5-6 with nine saves and a 4.53 ERA in 57 games.

Baltimore also reached a $900,000, one-year deal with Scott Williamson, who can earn an additional $600,000 on performance bonuses. He was scheduled to take a physical Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Williamson was 2-4 with a 5.72 ERA in 2006 for the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs. He was NL Rookie of the Year in 1999 with Cincinnati, going 12-7 with 107 strikeouts, a 2.41 ERA and 19 saves.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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