Giants sign free agent reliever Tim Worrell

Giants sign free agent reliever Worrell

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have signed right-handed reliever Tim Worrell, who previously pitched for the club from 2001-03, to a two-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

The 13-year veteran, who returns to San Francisco after a two-year hiatus in Philadelphia and Arizona, closed out the 2005 campaign in much the same fashion as the way he pitched in 2003 for the Giants when he saved a career-best 38 games and registered a 2.87 ERA over 76 appearances. In his final 18 outings of last season for the Diamondbacks, Worrell was nearly perfect while going 1-0 with an impressive 0.90 ERA (2er, 20ip) and .147 batting average against (10-for-86).

"We scouted Timmy very heavily last season and his final stretch showed us that he's still capable of pitching the way he did when he helped us to a World Series and an NL West championship," said Sabean. "He's certainly a known commodity for us and a solid veteran presence for our bullpen."

The 38-year-old hurler owns a 45-57 lifetime ledger with 65 saves and a 3.89 ERA (412er, 953.1ip) over 655 career games (49 starts). He split the 2005 campaign between Philadelphia and Arizona, combining to post a 1-2 record with one save and a 4.07 ERA (22er, 48.2ip) over 51 appearances.

After originally being acquired from the Chicago Cubs before the 2001 campaign, Worrell worked in 229 games for the Giants from 2001-2003 and logged a 14-11 mark with 38 saves and a 3.27 ERA (83er, 228.2ip). The 6-4, 240-pound pitcher posted a career-low 2.25 ERA in a career-best 80 contests as a setup man for the 2002 National League championship club. However, he's best remembered as the man who filled in for injured closer Robb Nen in 2003 and finished fourth in the National League with 38 saves -- the sixth-highest single season total in franchise history-- to help San Franciscoclaim the National League West championship.

The Pasadena, CA native brings a wealth of post season experience to the San Francisco bullpen, having been unscored upon in 12 of his 17 lifetime playoff appearances. In three different trips to the October stage, he's posted a 3-2 record with a 3.72 ERA (8er, 19.1ip) over 17 appearances with the 1996 Padres and the Giants in both 2002 and 2003.

Originally San Diego's 20th round pick in the 1989 draft, the younger brother of former All-Star closer Todd Worrell has seen big league action with the Padres (1993-97), Tigers (1998), Athletics (1998-99), Orioles (2000), Cubs (2000), Giants (2001-03), Phillies (2004-05) and Diamondbacks (2005). In 606 career relief appearances, he has fashioned a 36-32 mark with 65 saves, a 3.36 ERA (257er, 688.1ip) and a .244 batting average against.