[Sources told MLB.com today the Phillies and right-hander Chad Durbin have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, pending a physical. The deal includes a club option for 2014.Durbin, 35, pitched for the Phillies from 2008-10, when he helped solidify the middle innings.He went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 76 appearances last season with the Atlanta Braves. He had a 2.33 ERA from April 18 through the end of the regular season, and carried a 0.83 ERA in 28 appearances against the National League East.]
Posted by bpc532 Today, 10:43 PM
$1.1 million base salary. $350,000 in incentives. Major league deal.
Durbin was unappreciated when here. Helped us out a lot. Im liking our bullpen, rotation is worse. Lannan sucks.
I like the move, it is nice to have dependable vets in the pen especially for those tied extra inning games on the road when you are reluctant to use the closer.
[Sixerboy3, on 28 January 2013 - 04:49 PM, said:
I would guess that you are looking at a healthy bullpen including:
I think a second lefty is mandatory, so Horst is probably a lock.
DeFratus/Stutes/Valdes fight it out for final spot.
Wouldn’t mind letting DeFratus open season as Triple-A closer and then he’s the guy you bring up after all-star break to give the bullpen a fresh look for stretch.
Posted by Chief Nokahoma Today, 01258 PM[awfulstack, on 28 January 2013 - 06:45 PM, said:
Please waste more money on fungible crap.]
I think the Phils made a decent signing with Durbin.
His first couple of outings for the Braves were pretty bad but after that he was damned dependable. I was hoping the Braves would resign him. I’m also surprised that somebody else hadn’t already signed him. I didn’t expect him to last this long into FAgency.
Good move, would have liked Mark Lowe but I have nothing against this move.
I think Cruz may have a shot to make the team as well.Don’t hate the Durbin deal that much. I actually like the way the pen is shaping up. Betancourt is most likely depth. Nothing else.
Posted by twang Today, 02:00 PM
depends on how they use him.Horst should pitch the 7th, adams 8th.Bastardo LOOGy.
I will say that I don’t think it hurts to keep the competition amongst the young arms very tight. Adding a Durbin makes it harder for one of the young guys to make the majors without really earning it.
We need Amaro not to have a Qualls-esque love affair with Durbin just because he “knows him.”
Posted by doraz Today, 02:45 PM
Durbin is fine. The staff is fine as long as they stay fairly healthy.The lineup has much more question marks.
Posted by Christopher Today, 03:35 PM
[Foul Pops, on 28 January 2013 - 02:28 PM, said:
Not following you. How did he know Qualls?]
In the sense that Qualls was a veteran, and Manuel I think kept going back to that well. Although I guess you could argue Manuel had zero other options in the first half last year and it’s not his fault he had to keep trotting Qualls out there.
Posted by MrMountie Today, 04:09 PM
Yeah, at least they’re adding some depth to the bullpen. Team overall is thin as hell so good to at least try and make something somewhat deep I guess.
Posted by MDFAN Today, 04:24 PM
I like the theory of the young kids, but the reality was last year they left little to feel comfortable with.I like the signing just for the sake of adding depth and experience. If he performs as last year, it’s a great deal. And as someone else said I’m glad the young guys will not be forced into making the team without being tested.
I like the potential from the young guys but I don’t have that trust factor that IMM I should have.
All these “little” signings are chipping away at that flexibility that I thought might serve us well for a mid-summer acquisition. Not sure we can take on a big salary any more, even if another team is in dumping mode.