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Padres, Estes Finalize Deal

January 11, 2006

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres finalized a one-year contract on Tuesday, nearly a week after they agreed to terms.

The team had been waiting for results of a physical exam and an MRI.

Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA.

Estes is the only lefty in the Padres’ rotation, although they’re known to still be interested in reacquiring David Wells from the Boston Red Sox.

The 32-year-old Estes is 99-89 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 major league seasons. He also has pitched for San Francisco, the New York Mets, Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado. His best season was 1997, when he went 19-5 with a 3.18 ERA for the Giants.

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