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Yankees sign LHP Damaso Marte to a three-year contract with a club option for 201211/12/2008 1:48 PM ET
The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Damaso Marte to a three-year contract with a one-year club option for 2012. Marte, 33, was acquired by the Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 26 along with OF Xavier Nady in exchange for RHPs Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen and OF Jose Tabata. In 72 combined relief appearances with the Pirates and Yankees in 2008, he was 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA, holding opponents to a .214 batting average (52-for-243). The lefthander made 25 appearances with the Yankees, going 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA, but allowed just 2ER over his final 16 appearances (11.0IP) from August 16 through the end of the season and held the opposition to a .135 batting average over the stretch (5-for-37). Over the last five years (2004-08), Marte owns the fourth-most appearances among Major League pitchers (352). Among left-handed relievers in the Majors over the same span, he ranks second in appearances and fourth in strikeouts (307). Originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent in 1992, Marte has made 519 career Major League relief appearances combined with the Mariners (1999), Pirates (2001, '06-08), White Sox (2002-05) and Yankees (2008), going 22-24 with 36 saves, a 3.29 ERA, 212 walks, 508 strikeouts and a .222 opponents batting average. He was signed by the Yankees as a Minor League free agent in November 2000, going 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA at Double-A Norwich before being traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for infielder Enrique Wilson.
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