Welcome Back Chad Durbin
Welcome back, Chad Durbin.
Durbin, 34, signed a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $1.1 million with the Phillies on Monday. He stuck a 3.62 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in three seasons in Philadelphia through 2010.
He spent 2011 in the AL, with Cleveland, where his ERA shot up to 5.53 in 56 appearances. In nine years with the Royals, Indians and Tigers, the righthander has had 5.67 ERA.
In five years in NL play, he's been a career 3.67 ERA guy. In 2012, Durbin signed with Atlanta and posted a 3.10 ERA in 76 appearances for one of the best relief staffs in the bigs.
For the Phillies, Durbin will mean more seventh-inning help. A comparable portion of his 2012 workload was spent between the seventh (29 appearances, 19.0 innings) and eighth (22, 18.1). But with the Phillies already having signed Mike Adams to a two-year $12 million deal to assume set-up man duties, Durbin's will precede Adams in getting from starters to Jonathan Papelbon.
Also vying for middle-relief work will be Antonio Bastardo, Juan Cruz, Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes and others.
Bastardo, who the past two years has a 12.4 K/9 ratio, avoided arbitration this month and signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal.
Cruz, 34, signed a minor league contract this month and has gotten an invite to spring training after posting a 2.78 ERA and 1.63 whip in 35.2 with the Pirates last season.