The Diamondbacks have another slot to fill in their bullpen with the departure of free agent Tim Worrell.
Worrell, who helped settle the relief corps as a primary setup man the final month of 2005, signed a two-year, $4 million contract with San Francisco on Thursday, with incentives that could increase the package to $4.5 million.
The D-Backs made a one-year offer to Worrell, who lives in the Valley but had his best seasons while with the Giants from 2001-03. He had 38 saves in 2003.
"He obviously pitched very well here, and he’s been a very good pitcher for a long time,’’ D-Backs general manager Josh Byrnes said. "We wish him well. We’ll keep moving down our list.’’
Because Worrell is categorized as a Type A free agent, the D-Backs will get a "sandwich’’ pick after the first round of the June draft and also a second-round choice from the Giants as compensation.
Worrell, 38, was 1-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 32 games with the D-Backs after being acquired for Matt Kata in a trade with Philadelphia on July 21.
He gave up two earned runs in his final 18 appearances, covering 20 innings, but his loss was not unexpected after the D-Backs did not bump up their offer.
"He’s really happy,’’ agent Paul Cohen said. "He enjoyed it there. But it was really apples and oranges. We had some other teams who were interested at the level the Giants were.’’
St. Louis was believed to be among the other suitors.
SHORT HOPS: The D-Backs have had conversations with free agent catcher Brad Ausmus, although he told a Houston newspaper that he would prefer to play in Houston, where he has spent the last five seasons, or in his home town of San Diego. . . . The D-Backs have had very preliminary talks with Florida free-agent infielder Damion Easley, who has drawn interest from a half-dozen other clubs.