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Desert doings

Diamondbacks re-sign Reynoso, hire Welch as coach

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Posted: Wednesday December 06, 2000 6:09 PM
Updated: Thursday December 07, 2000 1:02 AM

  Armando Reynoso Armando Reynoso had a 21-18 record in two seasons with the Diamondbacks, going 11-12 last year with a 5.27 ERA. Chris Stanford/Allsport

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks will return with their pitching rotation intact after signing Armando Reynoso to a two-year, $6.5 million contract on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks also named Bob Welch their pitching coach to complete the staff of new manager Bob Brenly.

Reynoso became a free agent when Arizona declined to exercise its option to pay him $5 million for the coming season and paid him a $500,000 buyout. The new deal includes a $375,000 buyout on a $3.75 million option for 2003.

Reynoso had a 21-18 record in two seasons with the Diamondbacks. Last year, he was 11-12 with a 5.27 earned run average.

Reynoso worked 170 2-3 innings -- the second-most of his career -- in 30 starts and one relief appearance.

"What we've seen for two years is just a very dependable pitcher who pretty much takes the same stuff out there every time," general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said. "He knows how to pitch. He fields his position. He's a true professional."

Reynoso is 67-56 in 10 major league seasons, with a 4.68 career ERA. He pitched for Atlanta, Colorado and the New York Mets before joining the Diamondbacks in 1999.

The signing means Arizona will have all five starters back from last season -- Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Brian Anderson, Todd Stottlemyre and Reynoso.

The Diamondbacks remained optimistic about signing free agent first baseman Mark Grace late this week. Thursday is the deadline for free agents to resign with their team unless they are offered salary arbitration. If the Chicago Cubs don't offer Grace arbitration, the Diamondbacks won't have to forfeit a draft choice to sign him.

Welch, 44, had 211 victories in a 17-year major league career. He won 27 games and received the Cy Young Award while pitching for the Oakland A's in 1990. He spent his first 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first season, 1978, he struck out Reggie Jackson to close out the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the World Series.

He pitched on three American League pennant winners in Oakland, including the World Series title in 1989. Over that three-year span, he was 61-23 with a 3.21 ERA.

Welch, who already lives in the Phoenix area, managed the Valley Vipers of the independent Western League last season. He was pitching coach at Arizona State in 1996.

"He doesn't have a lot of coaching experience, but when we talked to him, what comes through is someone with a knowledge of the mechanics of pitching, the nuts and bolts of it, as well as a tremendous feel for the other aspect of it, the competitiveness of it," Garagiola said.

"He has been to places everybody wants to get to."

The rest of Brenly's staff has Chris Speier as third base coach, Bob Melvin as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Ed Rodriguez as first base coach and Glenn Sherlock as bullpen coach.

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