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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia have signed relief pitcher to a two-year, $5.5 million contract. He will be a right-handed setup man for new closer , who was acquired in a trade with Houston November 3. "Adding two experienced veteran relievers, with the statistics they bring and their experience in playoff competition, should help our ballclub get to the next level," said manager Larry Bowa.

The salary for Worrell will be $2.75 million in both 2004 and 2005, plus performance bonuses.

Worrell, who was not offered salary arbitration by the San Francisco on Sunday, logged a career-high 38 saves last season, filling in for an injured . Nen, who was hurt last season, is expected to return as the closer in San Francisco in 2004. The 36-year-old Worrell converted 13 of his last 14 save opportunities and 21 of his final 24 chances last season. He was only the fourth Giant to post a 30-save campaign.

The were 66-10 in games Worrell appeared in, including 13-0 to start the season. In the last two seasons, Worrell, the younger brother of former pitcher Todd Worrell, is 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 156 relief outings. In that time, he has held opponents to a .230 average.

"It's nice to be in a position where the two new bullpen pieces (Worrell and Wagner) combined a year ago for 82 saves and 131 games finished," general manager Ed Wade said. "If can follow up with a performance like he turned in last year (8-0, 1.70 ERA), I think our bullpen can match up with anyone's."

Worrell finished with a 4-4 record with a 2.87 ERA over 76 appearances last season. For his career, he has a 39-49 mark with 45 saves and a 3.90 ERA in 11 major league seasons. He has also pitched for San Diego, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland, Baltimore, and the Chicago .

The needed a right-handed setup man after losing , who was not offered arbitration on Sunday.

The offered left-handed reliever arbitration, and Wade said the team is close to re-signing him.

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