Arizona Diamondbacks Ink Bobby Howry To One-Year Deal

Update: Here are the exact terms of this deal.

Howry will earn $2 million in 2010 and the club option for 2011 is for $3 million. There is also a $250,000 buyout in Howry’s option year.

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After a couple of fantasy posts today, lets shift our focus to the hot stove.

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman via Twitter, the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed RHP Bobby Howry to a one-year, $3 million contract. There is also a team option for 2011.

Howry, 36, spent the 2009 season with the San Francisco Giants. He posted a 3.39 ERA with a 6.5 K/9 ratio in 63.2 innings pitched.

While Howry’s K/9 has declined three straight years, he is still a solid reliever. Outside of a disastrous 2008 season with the Chicago Cubs, Howry has posted an ERA under 3.39 every year except one (2008) since 2004.

There aren’t too many relievers who have been as consistent as Howry over the last six seasons.

I would trust Howry in a big spot more than I would trust another offseason acquisition by the Diamondbacks, Aaron Heilman. I wouldn’t trust Heilman to close out a Little League game.

For one-year and three million, this is a good signing by the Diamondbacks. Now if they can just find someone to close out their games they will really be in business.

Howry has pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues and has a career 3.66 ERA in 752.2 innings with the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cubs, and Giants.

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