First on BravesCenter: Seanez to Boston

The Braves have lost out on reliever Rudy Seanez to the Boston Red Sox. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has more.

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract with free agent reliever Rudy Seanez.

Pending a physical on Tuesday, Seanez will sign a $1.9 million dollar contract with the Red Sox for the 2006 season. Boston will also have a team option for 2007 that could turn into a player option with numerous performance escalators.

Seanez spent the 2005 season with the San Diego Padres, pitching in 57 games. The 37-year-old went 7-1 with an ERA of 2.69, 49 hits in 60.1 innings pitched, 22 walks, and 84 strikeouts.

The Braves had been interested in bringing back Seanez, who pitched with the team from 1998-2000 and again late in the 2001 season. This will be Seanez's second stint in Boston. He pitched with the Red Sox in 2003.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. You can email Bill at

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