EX-BIG LEAGUER BRITTON JOINS SALTDOGS

The Lincoln Saltdogs added some big-league experience to their pitching staff on Friday, signing righty Chris Britton.  Lincoln also signed right-handed pitcher Chris Cullen, and released left-handed pitcher Forrest Cory.

Britton, an eighth-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2001, made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2006 and posted a solid 3.35 ERA in 52 appearances.  Baltimore traded him to the New York Yankees after that season, and he made 26 big-league appearances for the Bronx Bombers in 2007 and 2008.  Chris started the 2009 campaign in the San Diego Padres organization, and finished the year with York in the Atlantic League.

“There’s no substitute for big-league experience, and Chris knows how to get hitters out at the highest level,” said Saltdogs manager Marty Scott.  “He’s been primarily a reliever the past few seasons, but he went 5-1 as a starter the last time a team asked him to pitch in the rotation.  Chris has struck out almost one batter per inning over the course of his career, and he should be an intimidating presence on our pitching staff.”

Cullen, a right-hander from Ontario, was originally acquired by Lincoln in November of 2008, but the Saltdogs sold his contract to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before the start of the 2009 season.  He spent all of ’09 at Class A Lynchburg as a reliever.  In 2008, Cullen was a starter for Edmonton in the Golden League, going 5-1 with a 3.20 ERA.

Cory battled injuries in 2009, his only season with the Saltdogs.  He went 1-1 in 25 appearances, working mainly as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.

Season Ten of Saltdogs Baseball begins on May 13 in Sioux Falls, with the home opener scheduled for May 25 against Wichita.  For more team and ticket information, go to
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