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Butch Henry Returns to Rockies

December 13, 1999

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Butch Henry, who played for Colorado in its first season, returned to the Rockies on Sunday night, agreeing to a minor league contract, The Associated Press learned.

Henry, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 2-0 with a 5.04 ERA in four starts and three relief appearances for Seattle in 1999. He missed most of the season with a torn labrum in his left arm, spending from April 30 to Sept. 3 on the disabled list.

There was no immediate announcement by the Rockies, but the deal was confirmed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified.

Henry, who agreed to a $750,000, one-year deal with Seattle during last year’s winter meetings, would get a $500,000, one-year contract if he’s added to the Rockies’ roster. He also would get the chance to earn performance bonuses that would raise his income to more than $1 million.

In 1993, when the Rockies started play, Henry went 2-8 with a 6.59 ERA for Colorado, which selected him from Houston in the November 1992 expansion draft. The Rockies dealt him to Montreal on July 16, 1993, for pitcher Kent Bottenfield.

Henry, who has not made it through an entire season without a trip to the DL since 1994, has a 33-33 career record in parts on nine major league seasons, also pitching for Boston.

Colorado, seeking to improve a major league-worst 6.01 team ERA, also has been talking with the New York Yankees about trading for Hideki Irabu. The Yankees have also been talking with Cincinnati.

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