Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Phillies, Marlins sign pitchers

SP Jon Lieber signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Phillies today. Jon posted a 14-8 record with a 4.33 ERA in New York this year. This is a great signing for the Phils; I watched Lieber when he was with the Cubbies, and he's an excellent pitcher when healthy. You have to figure his being a couple of years removed from Tommy John surgery means next year's numbers should be even better.

In other NL East news, the Marlins signed SP Al Leiter to a one-year, $8 million contract. I liken this deal to Chicago bringing Greg Maddux back: a solid, (even if past his prime) veteran pitcher who'll eat some innings and mentor a young rotation.

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