Tim Worrell returns to Giants

The Giants, looking to fill the hole in their bullpen left by the departure of Scott Eyre, brought back Tim Worrell, a setup man who stepped up in the closer role for the Giants in 2003.

Sometimes, it’s all about coming home.

Tim Worrell, a key setup man on the San Francisco Giants when they won the 2002 NL Championship and the closer in 2003 when former closer Robb Nen missed the season, signed a 2 year contract to return to the team where he had some of the best years of his career.

"I'm ecstatic that I'm back," said Worrell. "I can't really believe that I got a chance to come back and sign a two-year deal with the Giants…Being around and being on a lot of different teams, the Giants were the last team [where] I felt like I was really part of the organization."

The contract is worth $4 million over 2 years. Worrell will receive a $500K signing bonus, with $1.5 million in 2006 and $2 million in 2007. The Giants lose their 2nd round pick as compensation for Worrell, who was a Type A free agent. The Giants cannot lose their first round pick, since it is in the Top 15 overall picks.

Worrell, 38, split time between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had a 7.41 ERA over 19 appearances with the Phillies before going on the DL for personal reason. He was traded to Arizona, where he had a 2.27 ERA in 32 appearances. In 2004 with the Phillies, he had a 3.68 ERA in 77 games. With the Giants, he had a 2.25 ERA in 2002 and a 2.87 ERA with 38 saves in 2003.

"We scouted Timmy very heavily last season and his final stretch showed us that he's still capable of pitching the way he did when he helped us to a World Series and an NL West championship," General Manager Brian Sabean said of Worrell. Over his final 18 games with Arizona in 2005, he had a 0.90 ERA while holding opposing batters a .147 average.

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