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ANGELS SIGN FREE AGENT SMITHSON

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The California Angels have signed free-agent right-hander Mike Smithson to a 1-year contract reportedly worth $480,000, it was announced Thursday.

Smithson, who will be 35 next month, posted a 7-14 record, two saves and a 4.95 ERA in 40 appearances with Boston last year. The 6-foot-8, 215-pounder owns a career record of 76-86 with a 4.58 ERA over eight seasons."He's a fellow of some versatility," California General Manager Mike Port said. "He has starting experience and has pitched in middle and long relief as well. His versatility gives us some flexibility."

Smithson began his major-league career with Texas in 1982.