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DIAMONDBACKS SIGN BRIAN ANDERSON TO THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced that Brian Anderson has signed a three-year contract with the club, terms of which were not disclosed. The 27-year-old lefthander was 8-2 with a 4.57 ERA in 31 games (19 starts) for the National League Western Division champions last season. Anderson joined the Diamondbacks as their first selection in 1998 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft off the Cleveland roster.

"I'm thrilled that we were able to get this deal accomplished with Brian," said Joe Garagiola Jr., Diamondbacks Vice President and General Manager. "B.A. went through a lot last season, but he did not let anything affect him and continued to work extremely hard. We also are very proud of the fact that he was our first choice in the expansion draft and has responded as we hoped."

Anderson opened last season in the bullpen, making eight relief appearances, then was called upon as a starter when Todd Stottlemyre suffered a shoulder injury. Combined with a late-season stint in the rotation, Brian finished with a 7-1 mark as a starter, including a perfect 7-0 ledger in Bank One Ballpark.

The signing of Anderson leaves only two arbitration eligible players without signed contracts, pitcher Brad Clontz and infielder Andy Fox.

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