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Colorado Rockies, Alan Embree agree to 1-year deal

Should there be a new saying in MLB? Old lefthanded relievers never die, they just keep getting opportunities. From AP-

The Colorado Rockies and reliever Alan Embree agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2010.

Embree went 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 70 games for the Oakland Athletics last season. Oakland had declined its $3 million option on him.

The 38-year-old played on nine major league teams including Oakland. He pitched in two World Series, with Cleveland in 1995 and Boston in 2004.

This is a risky signing for the following reasons.

1 Embree is coming off a subpar year
2 Coloardo is the worst pitcher’s park in baseball, Oakland one of the best
3 Embree is 38 years of age.

A one out left handed specialist can’t do a ton of harm. Except if the one or two games that are blown by the pitcher come back to haunt a team in a tight pennant race.

Note- I like Embree. He was a reliever on one of my two winning Star Tournament championship teams.

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