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Tuesday, January 14
Updated: March 13, 5:16 PM ET
 
Brewers add Ritchie to pitching mix

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Todd Ritchie agreed Tuesday to a $750,000, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 31-year-old right-hander went 5-15 with a 6.06 ERA last season in 23 starts and three relief appearances for the Chicago White Sox.

He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 6 due to inflammation in his right shoulder, ended his season. Ritchie became a free agent when Chicago failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline.

He passed a physical before joining the Brewers. In addition to his salary, he can earn $600,000 in performance bonuses.

"Todd Ritchie has proven that he can win in the major leagues,'' Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

Ritchie was with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2001, going 35-32 with a 4.29 ERA in 90 starts and two relief appearances. His best season was 1999, when he went 15-9 with a 3.50 ERA.

Another former Pirates player, catcher Keith Osik, finalized his minor league contract, a deal agreed to last week.

The 34-year-old catcher, who was invited to spring training, spent his entire career in the Pirates organization after being drafted in 1990. He has a .231 career batting average in 359 major league games.

Osik would get a $455,000, one-year deal if he is added to the major league roster.






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