Bob Wickman gets new contract from Braves

Sept. 20, 2006 at 6:29 PM
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ATLANTA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Closer Bob Wickman Wednesday agreed to a new one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Wickman was obtained from Cleveland July 20.

Entering Wednesday night's game against Washington, he had converted 19 of 20 save opportunities for Atlanta. His lone blown save as a Brave came July 23 at Philadelphia.

No financial details were mentioned.

"Bob's impact on our bullpen and team has been obvious," said General Manager John Schuerholz in a statement on the team's Web site. "He is a proven closer and we look forward to beginning the 2007 season with him on our club."

In his career, the 37-year-old Wickman -- who also has pitched for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers -- has a 60-56 record, 244 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 774 appearances.

He is a two-time all-star and is tied with Hall of Famer Don Sutton for 41st place all-time in games pitched.

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