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Looking to fortify their bullpen, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to a familiar face.
A person familiar with the deals says the Phillies have agreed with veteran reliever Chad Durbin on a one-year contract. Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team.
The deal reached on Monday is pending a physical, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't make an official announcement.
Durbin was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.
The righty was 5-4 with a career-best 2.87 ERA in 71 appearances with the Phillies in `08. He left Philadelphia after the 2010 season and posted a 5.53 ERA in Cleveland in 2011 before returning to the NL with the Braves.
The 34-year-old Durbin is 42-47 with a 4.95 ERA in 440 games over 13 seasons with six teams.
Durbin is expected to pitch in middle relief. The Phillies signed Mike Adams to fill the setup role in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Durbin gives manager Charlie Manuel another veteran option in a bullpen that struggled last year. The Phillies had a tough time protecting leads before Papelbon entered in the ninth. Their 4.89 ERA in the eighth was next-to-last in the majors, and they allowed a league-worst 24 home runs in the inning.
With Papelbon, Adams, Durbin and lefty Antonio Bastardo filling four spots, the Phillies enter spring training with three openings in their bullpen. Youngsters Phillippe Aumont, Justin De Fratus, Mike Stutes and Jake Diekman along with Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes will be among those competing to make the roster.
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A person familiar with the deals says the Phillies have signed veteran reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.
Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team. The deal is pending a physical, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't make an official announcement...
Please excuse the following outburst of unbridled enthusiasm for a move that many may view as not very exciting: The Phillies have signed our old friend Chad Durbin!!!! Whoo hoo!!!! Durbin was a big part of the 2008 World Championship team; he spent the last 2 years with the Indians and the Braves.
Durbin adds much needed depth and maturity to the Phillies bullpen. In his first...
Chad Durbin to return
Pending a physical Chad Durbin will return to the Phillies bullpen for the 2013 season. Durbin who was a huge part of the Phillies in 2008 had a solid season last year with the Atlanta Braves. With the Braves Durbin posted a career high in appearances posting an ERA in the 3′s. Durbin is getting a one-year deal with the Phillies.
Great move for a bullpen that...
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Phillies and Chad Durbin have agreed to a $1.1 million contract. The deal could include a possible $350,000 in incentives.
Durbin, a 35-year old reliever, went 4-1 with a 3.14 earned run average and a save in 76 appearances with the Braves last season.
Durbin reunites with the Phillies three years later. From 2008-2010, Durbin had an 11...
There is a buzz that former 2008 World Champion reliever Chad Durbin could return to the Phillies. "Family friend" Ashton Kennedy tweeted on Twitter that she was happy that Durbin was returning to the Phillies. Check out her tweet here: https://mobile.twitter.com/akennphil4_13/status/295347070552911873 Durbin has been a member of the Indians Nationals,...
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with free agent right-handed reliever Chad Durbin, according to ESPN.com. Durbin can also earn up to $350,000 in incentives. The 35-year-old had a 3.10 ERA over 61 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season.
The Philadelphia Phillies and relief pitcher Chad Durbin will have a reunion in 2013 as he has agreed to a one year contract with a club option for 2014. Durbin was a steady force in the Phillies bullpen from 2008 through 2010.
The 35 year old spent 2012 with the Atlanta Braves where he was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 76 games. Durbin had a .083 ERA against NL East opponents and was stellar...
The Phillies are welcoming back a member of their 2008 World Championship team. Chad Durbin signed a one-year deal with the Phillies, giving them another arm for the bullpen.
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $1.1-million deal with reliever Chad Durbin, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN initially reported the deal. Chad Durbin signs guaranteed major league deal with #phillies. Base salary of $1.1M plus $350K in incentives. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 28, 2013 Durbin can also earn…
Photo: Philliedelphia/ Steve Trapani The deal is done. As first reported here yesterday morning and soon thereafter plagiarized by Rant Sports, former Phillies pitcher and 2008 World Series champion reliever Chad Durbin will return to the Phillies. Todd Zolecki reports that the deal, pending physical, is a one-year agreement and...
Chad Durbin is back in a Phillies uniform, something he is familiar with having spent 3 seasons in Philly earlier in his career (2008-2010). The 35 year old right-handed reliever is durable, making 56+ appearance in each of the last 5 seasons. Last year with the Braves he appeared in a career high 76 games and turned a 3.10 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Durbin has had success since converting...
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As reported yesterday, the Phillies have announced this morning that they have signed reliever Chad Durbin. The former "Bridge to Lidge" has signed a one year deal, with an option for 2014.
The 35 year old is coming off an impressive year with Atlanta Braves. He held a 4-1 record, with a 3.10 ERA. Chad pitched for the Phillies from 2008-2010.
Screen capture of video from mlbprospectportal.com After the Phillies added Chad Durbin today they needed to clear space on their 40-man roster. To find that space the Phillies designated for assignment minor league reliever J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez is best known (or perhaps only known) for being part of the Phillies...