Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bucs Ink Gonzo and Nady; Sign Nick Green

The Pirates came to terms today with Mike Gonzalez and Xavier Nady, each receiving one-year contracts and avoiding arbitration.

Gonzalez, 28, went 3-4 with a 2.17 ERA in a career-high 54 appearances in 2006 and converted each of his 24 save opportunities in his first full season as a closer. Gonzalez, who qualified for arbitration for the first time this winter, will receive a pay raise from $347,000 to $2.35 million.

Nady, 28, is coming off a year in which he set career highs in batting average (.280), home runs (17) and RBIs (63) while splitting the season with the Pirates and Mets. Like Gonzalez, Nady was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He'll earn $2.15 million in 2007 after making $427,000 a year ago.

The Pirates also signed utility man Nick Green. Green, 28, batted .184 with two home runs in 63 games last season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and New York Yankees.
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