Bob Wickman
49-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year contract extension in September of 2006. Previously signed a one-year $5.5 million deal in December 2005. Signed with Arizona in September 2007.
PArizona Diamondbacks  
October 2, 2007
Wickman's major league career is probably over, the East Valley Tribune reports.
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Wickman admitted he is thinking seriously of retirement. After being waived by Atlanta, he proved a valuable stretch-run addition for Arizona, giving up one earned run with a 1.35 ERA in eight appearances. He is ineligible for the playoff roster because he was not with the Diamondbacks at the August 31 deadline. “I thank (Arizona manager) Bob Melvin and the whole Diamondbacks organization for giving me an opportunity,” Wickman said. He would end his career with 267 saves.
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After the 2007 season, Wickman admitted he is thinking seriously of retirement. After being waived by Atlanta, he proved a valuable stretch-run addition for Arizona, giving up one earned run with a 1.35 ERA in eight appearances. He was ineligible for the playoff roster because he was not with the Diamondbacks at the Aug. 31 deadline, and as of press time, there was little interest in him on the free-agent market. If he's picked up as a set-up man or by a team lacking a proven closer (i.e. San Francisco), he's worth a flyer as a late-round dart of saves.
Wickman will serve as Atlanta's closer after putting together a dominating two months after his trade from Cleveland. Wickman was having a second consecutive strong season as Cleveland's closer after missing the entire 2003 season and part of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. However, Wickman really turned it up a notch after his trade to the Braves in late July, converting 18 of 19 save chances with a 25:2 K:BB ratio in 26 innings. Wickman improved his strikeouts and reduced his walk compared to 2005. The only worries for 2007 are his age at 39 years old and viable closers-in-waiting in Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez.
Wickman posted a career high in saves and had a sub-3.00 ERA for only the fourth time in his career. Obviously, he's now healthy after missing the entire 2003 season and part of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Indians believe he is not only healthy but hearty enough to put up similar numbers after giving him $5.5 million in 2005. But, Wickman will be turning 37 before the season begins and the Indians will watch for warning signs of his demise. An unsuccessful play for Trevor Hoffman at the winter meetings is probably just the first of many attempts to fix the problem before there is one.
Wickman, who missed the entire 2003 season and part of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, will be the Indians closer to start the season. The Indians suffered greatly without him in the first half of 2004 when they could only convert 13 of 32 save chances, but once Wickman returned he was 13 of 14 in save opportunities. Despite not having an overpowering fastball like most closers, he has a nasty sinker that he uses as his out pitch. Health is always a concern with Wickman. Hope for him to last two-thirds of the season and be thankful if he makes it that far.
Wickman enters camp as the favorite to reclaim his closer's role, but questions are abound. He will be a year-and-a-half removed from Tommy John surgery and pitched in a few rehab game assignments, so the Tribe isn't too concerned about the recovery of his elbow. If you get Wickman at your draft or auction, make sure to back him up with David Riske.
Out for all of 2003, after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
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PArizona Diamondbacks  
September 22, 2007
Wickman will be utilized primarily during the sixth inning, MLB.com reports.
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PArizona Diamondbacks  
September 10, 2007
Wickman made his Arizona debut on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning in the fifth against the Cardinals.
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Bob Wickman: Signs With Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  
September 7, 2007
Arizona signed Wickman to an undisclosed deal Friday.
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Bob Wickman: Indians Not Interested
PAtlanta Braves  
August 26, 2007
The Indians are not interested in re-acquiring Wickman, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Bob Wickman: Designated for Assignment
PAtlanta Braves  
August 24, 2007
The Braves designated Wickman for assignment Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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