PHILLIES GIVE PRIMO BULLPENNER NESHEK BIG BUCKS, 2-YEAR DEAL!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies are bringing back primo reliever Pat Neshek with a two-year contract worth between $16 million and $17 million.

Neshek was 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 relief appearances combined with the Rockies and Phils last season.

A two-time All-Star, Neshek was traded from the Phillies to the playoff-bound Rockies for three minor league players midway through the season. He was an All-Star last year in his first season in Philly.

Neshek, 37, has a 33-22 career record with eight saves, a 2.75 ERA and 447 strikeouts in 445 2/3 innings. He has pitched in 494 games — all relief appearances — for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis, Houston, Philly and Colorado.

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