PITTSBURGH, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates added another arm to their staff Wednesday, signing righthander Jeff Suppan to a one-year contract with a club option for 2004.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal is believed to be worth $500,000 for the upcoming season with another $800,000 in performances bonuses and $4 million for 2004.
A key member of the Kansas City Royals' rotation the past four seasons, Suppan posted a 9-16 record with a 5.32 ERA, three complete games and a shutout in 2002. The durable 33-year-old pitched more than 200 innings each season with the Royals.
Drafted in 1993, Suppan made his major league debut two years later with Boston before being selected by Arizona in the 1997 expansion draft. But after 13 starts with the Diamondbacks, he was traded to Kansas City, where he had three consecutive 10-win seasons.
In 190 career games, including 15 relief appearances, Suppan is 49-64 with 12 complete games, three shutouts and a 5.03 ERA.
Suppan joins veteran righthanders Rolando Arrojo, Jeff D'Amico, Nelson Figueroa, Matt Herges, Pat Mahomes and Julian Tavarez and lefthanders Mike Holtz and Dennys Reyes as offseason acquisitions to a staff that includes Josh Fogg, Kip Wells, Kris Benson and All-Star closer Mike Williams.