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Giants sign free agent pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to a two-year deal
11/17/2008 2:44 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- Securing an experienced and durable arm for the bullpen, the San Francisco Giants have signed free agent left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt to a two-year contract, club senior vice president and general manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Affeldt, 29, spent all of 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds, going 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA in a club-high 74 appearances. He registered 80 strikeouts against 25 walks in 78.1 innings. He was best down the stretch, posting a 2.23 ERA over his final 34 outings.

"Though just 29, Jeremy brings a solid veteran presence to our bullpen," said Sabean. "There is no doubt he has been able to shoulder a heavy workload. He has been to the post-season and will help bridge the gap between our young and talented starting staff and our closer, Brian Wilson, who is one of the best in the game. We are excited to have Jeremy as a Giant."

The 6-4, 225-pound Phoenix, AZ native was a key member of Colorado's bullpen during their pennant run in 2007, logging 5.1 innings and allowing just one earned run in seven post-season games, including four shutout appearances against the Red Sox in the World Series. During the regular season in '07, he logged a 3.51 ERA in a career-best 75 games for the Rockies.

Originally drafted by Kansas City in the third round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, the seven-year Major League veteran has posted a 26-28 record with 18 saves and a 4.55 ERA in 360 games (42 starts) with Kansas City (2002-06), Colorado (2006-07) and Cincinnati (2008). He has been tough on left-handed batters throughout his career, yielding a lifetime .250 (158-for-632) mark with just 18 home runs.

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