10/28/2005 5:00 PM ET
Giants re-sign veteran lefty Jeff Fassero
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have re-signed left-handed pitcher Jeff Fassero to a one-year contract for the 2006 campaign, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
The versatile southpaw will return for a second campaign with the Giants, having logged 46 appearances, including six starts, and 91.0 innings pitched with the club this past season. Overall in 2005, he posted a 4-7 mark with a 4.05 ERA, after signing as a free agent last December. As a reliever on the year, he had a stellar 3.00 ERA (21er, 63.0ip) in 42 appearances, including six efforts of 3.0
innings or more. Fassero was particularly strong vs. left-handed batters, yielding just a .194 batting
average against (18-for-93, 0 HRs), which was seventh-best in the National League. In fact, he yielded
just one extra base hit (a double) against lefty hitters on the campaign.
Fassero, who will turn 44 in January, has seen big league action over the last 15 seasons, after
breaking in with the Montreal Expos in 1991. The 6-1, 204-pound hurler ranks sixth among active
lefties with 710 career appearances (241 starts), 24th among all southpaws in Major League history.
During his big-league career with the Expos (1991-96), Seattle Mariners (1997-99), Texas Rangers
(1999), Boston Red Sox (2000), Chicago Cubs (2001-02), St. Louis Cardinals (2002-03), Colorado
Rockies (2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004) and Giants (2005), he has an overall 120-123 mark
with 25 saves and a 4.08 ERA.