Indians Sign Wohlers To 2-Year Deal

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mark Wohlers, who pitched in 31 games for the New York Yankees last season, agreed Wednesday to a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Wohlers, 31, is expected to be used in a setup role by the Indians, who recently traded John Rocker to Texas and will use several young pitchers out of the bullpen next season.

The right-handed Wohlers (pictured, above) was an All-Star for Atlanta in 1996 and has also played for Cincinnati in his 11-year career. Wohlers went 1-0 with a 4.54 ERA last season after being traded to the Yankees on June 30.

He began last season with the Reds and was 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 30 appearances.

In 1995, Wohlers got the save in the Game 6 of the World Series when the Braves beat the Indians and won the title.

The deal includes a club option for 2004.

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