Padres sign Scott Strickland

The San Diego Padres today signed reliever Scott Strickland to a one-year contract and added the right-handed pitcher to the 40-man roster.

Scott Strickland, 30, went 5-2 with five saves and a 2.09 ERA (17 ER/73.1 IP) in 53 games in 2006 for the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate. He recorded 70 strikeouts compared to only 15 walks, holding opponents to a .233 batting average (63-for-270).

Originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1997 First-Year Player draft, Strickland joined the Pirates as a free agent on November 20, 2005. Over parts of six Major League seasons with the Expos (1999-2002), New York Mets (2002-03) and Astros (2005), he is 12-21 with 20 saves and a 3.34 ERA (89 ER/240.0 IP) in 236 games, including a 0-0 mark with a 6.75 ERA (3 ER/ 4.0 IP) in 2005 for the Houston Astros, his last Major League season. Over parts of seven minor league seasons, Strickland has a career record of 21-17 with 32 saves and a 3.26 ERA (135 ER/373.0 IP) in 193 games (27 starts).

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