Phillies, Durbin Agree to 1-Year Deal

Phillies to Offer Werth Arbitration, Not DurbinThe Phillies are bringing back a familiar face to fortify their bullpen.

Sources told 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.

“It gives us some depth,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “He was a guy who was out there at a very good price and still available late in the (offseason). He loved Philadelphia and liked being in Philly and we’re hoping to get something done in the next 24 hours or so. … Veteran guy and a quality guy and he can give us something that the young guys may not be able to give us and that’s experience.”

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.

Durbin is expected to join a bullpen that includes closer Jonathan Papelbon, setup man Mike Adams and left-hander Antonio Bastardo. Durbin’s arrival means there likely will be three jobs available in the bullpen, which should make for an interesting competition in Spring Training.

The Phillies obviously hope Durbin helps them on the mound, but they also might welcome his positive presence and potential influence on the team’s younger relief pitchers. Durbin was a popular player in the Phillies clubhouse during his three seasons, and known as a good guy that fit in seamlessly with other Phillies relievers like Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Scott Eyre.

Durbin went 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA in his three seasons with the Phillies, when they won a World Series championship, two National League pennants and three division titles.


nice move. More comfortable with him than BJ Rosenberg.

De Fratus

Nice Depth in AAA too!

and Rosenberg…I forget to list him as AAA depth

I think Stutes get the last spot over De Fratus. Either way there is going to be some excellent competition for the final 3 bullpen spots. And thank god no schwimmer this year

Lehhgoo phils

The Durbinator!!

I like stutes….if healthy ..he may get pushed out for situational lefty..

Stutes will probably start in AAA and work himself back. He missed all last year and probably will need time to get his stuff sharp again.

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What Turk Farrel wasn’t available?

Welcome back! Always liked Durbin.

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I don’t ever want to see Scchwimer again.

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good move Phils…..need a clubhouse leader…

and why was it we got rid of Chad Durbin?

They didn’t “get rid” of Chad Durbin. He was a free agent. When you look at the crap they used in his place they obviously would have been better off keeping him around.

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Sorry he ever left. Glad he is back. He is a workhorse. Looking at the winter moves Rueben has saved some money. There is a lot of potential without selling out the teams for the next 7 yrs. The question I have is when do you bring along these younger players in the organization to lower the payroll. Its like being recruited as a QB @ Del. when Keller was there. You will always be kept from starting by a transfer.

It always amazes me when fans talk about the payroll issues. Why is it the fans responsibility to think about how much the payroll is? As a season ticket holder my ticket prices have gone up every year. If I choose to buy tickets I want the best product on the field.

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