Padres sign Williams, Blum

The San Diego Padres signed two players Wednesday, right-handed pitcher Woody Williams infielder Geoff Blum.

Woody Williams went 11-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts for the Cardinals last season and has won over 100 games in his 12-year Major League career.

This is the second tour of duty in San Diego for Williams. He went 30-28 with the Padres from 1999-2001.

The 6-0, 200-pound right-hander started the season 2-5 before winning 10 of his last 13 decisions, going 10-3 with a 3.75 ERA (57 ER/136.2 IP) over his final 22 starts dating back to May 29. Williams, who made 18 quality starts last season, started Game 1 in all three postseason series for the Cardinals last year, going 2-0. In three seasons with St. Louis, he went 45-22 with a 3.50 ERA, including a 25-8 record with a 2.88 ERA in 47 career outings at home.

Geoff Blum, a switch-hitting infielder, hit .215 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 112 games with the Devil Rays last season.

Blum started at least one game at every infield position and has done so for five consecutive seasons.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the return of Woody Williams to San Diego and the addition of Geoff Blum," general manager Kevin Towers said in a statement. "Williams brings experience and leadership to an already strong rotation, while Blum gives manager Bruce Bochy a versatile player to come off the bench."

Williams agreed to a one-year contract, with an option for 2006. He is guaranteed $3.5 million and could earn up to $14.5 million over two seasons.

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