Mike Williams Returns To Philly In Trade With Bucs

The Phillies added another arm to their bullpen Sunday by sending minor league pitcher Frank Brooks to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 34 year old Mike Williams, who pitched for the Phillies from 1992-1996. The move bolsters a bullpen that already has the second best ERA in the National League.

Mike Williams is admittedly not having his best pro season, going 1-3 with 25 saves and a 6.27 ERA in 40 games for the Pirates. Still, he adds another strong arm to the Phillies bullpen and can step in to close if Jose Mesa struggles down the stretch. In 2002, Williams set a Pirates franchise record by recording 46 saves for a total of 63.8 percent of Pittsburgh's wins, the second-best percentage in major league history.

"I'm happy to be back and to be playing for a contending team," said Williams, who was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the June 1990 draft. Williams posted a 13-25 record with the Phillies from 1992-96, pitching in 99 games for the Phillies, including 54 starts.

Brooks is 24 and was in camp with the Phillies as a non-roster player this spring. Pitching this season at Reading, Brooks was 3-4 with nine saves and a 2.30 ERA in 34 games, but had just been promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Ironically, this is the first trade between the two teams since the Phillies acquired Wes Chamberlain, Julio Peguero and Tony Longmire for Carmelo Martinez on August 30, 1990. Chamberlain is in town this weekend as part of the Phillies salute to their 1993 National League Championship team.

Williams will wear number 41 and will report to the Phillies Monday to be activated for Monday night's game with the Mets. The Phillies will announce a roster move Monday to clear space on the roster for Williams.

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