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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Turnbow Signs 3-Year Extension/Announce Opening Day Roster

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

A year ago, Derrick Turnbow wasn't even sure if he had made the Brewers' roster. On Sunday, he not only made the cut but got a new, three-year contract.

Turnbow, who came virtually out of nowhere and tied the franchise record with 39 saves last season, is guaranteed $6.5 million over the course of the deal, which runs through 2008 and "buys out" his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility.

"I don't think I can fathom it, to be honest with you," Turnbow said. "Last year, we were up here for the exhibition games, and I was still hoping to be on the team.

"A year later, it's a totally different situation. I would have never believed it would happen. It's just been amazing."

Turnbow had already signed a one-year, $488,000 contract for 2006, but that was folded into his new deal. The Brewers will pay a $512,000 signing bonus that essentially boosts Turnbow's 2006 salary to $1 million, and he will earn base salaries of $2.3 million in 2007 and $3.2 million in 2008.

Similar to the contract Doug Davis signed in 2004, the deal carries benefits and risks for both sides.

"This is a perfect example of the player giving up something in terms of ultimate dollar and the club taking a risk," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "We get cost certainty, and we may get some cost savings, but it's about more than that. It's about another building block and an indication that this club is a place where players want to be."

The Brewers claimed Turnbow off waivers from the Angels in October 2004, and he worked with pitching coach Mike Maddux last spring to improve his pitching mechanics. Suddenly, Turnbow could throw his 97-98 mph fastball where he wanted it to go, and the results quickly followed.


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