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12/05/2007 10:47 AM ET
Brewers acquire free agent David Riske
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers today signed right-handed pitcher David Riske to a three-year contract. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

"David has proven that he can pitch effectively at the back end of the bullpen," said Melvin. "His durability and consistency will be a great asset to our ballclub."

Riske, 31, spent last season with Kansas City, where he went 1-4 with a 2.45 ERA and 4 saves in 65 relief appearances. After struggling with a 6.97 ERA in April (10.1ip, 8er), he went on to post a 1.67 ERA the rest of the season (59.1ip, 11er). His overall 2.45 ERA ranked 11th among American League relievers in 2007 (minimum 50.0 innings).

Riske owns a career Major League record of 19-18 with a 3.40 ERA and 20 saves in 393 relief appearances with Cleveland (1999-2005), Boston (2006), Chicago-AL (2006) and Kansas City (2007). He is holding opponents to a .231 batting average, including .211 vs. lefthanders and .245 vs. righthanders.

To make room for Riske on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated outfielder Laynce Nix for assignment.

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