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01/19/2005 3:05 PM ET
Brewers agree to terms with pitchers Ricky Bottalico and Brooks Kieschnick on one-year deals
Righthanders bolster Brewers bullpen
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with righthanded pitchers Ricky Bottalico and Brooks Kieschnick on one-year contracts, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Melvin. No financial terms were disclosed.

Bottalico, 35, was signed as a free agent. He was 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 60 relief appearances for the New York Mets in 2004. He pitched 69.1 innings and allowed opposing hitters just a .215 batting average.

Since breaking into the Major Leagues in 1994 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bottalico has compiled a 31-40 record with a 3.96 ERA and 114 saves in 522 big league contests. He has pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Royals, and Cardinals in his career.

"Ricky had a very solid season with the Mets last year," said Melvin. "He will bring us a good veteran presence in our bullpen as well as quality experience as a closer."

Bottalico, a native of Connecticut, was a member of the 1996 National League All-Star team.

With Bottalico's addition, the Brewers now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Kieschnick, 32, avoided salary arbitration. He was 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 32 relief appearances for the Milwaukee last season. He also batted .270 with one home run and seven RBI in 63 at bats including a team-leading 44 at bats as a pinch-hitter.

Infielder Junior Spivey, outfielder Brady Clark and pitcher Ben Sheets are the three remaining Brewers players eligible for arbitration.

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