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Phillies close to two-year extension with Jose Contreras

Nov 14, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

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From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that the Phillies are close to re-signing reliever Jose Contreras to a two-year contract worth around $5 million.  The deal also comes with a third year option and performance incentives.

Handing a multi-year contract to a reliever can be problematic, but the Phils had to buck up to retain the 38-year-old Contreras, who put together solid numbers as a full-time reliever in 2010.  He has actually gained velocity since moving to the bullpen and isn’t showing signs of slowing down.  It’s not all that rare for established setup men to remain effective well into their 40s.

The Phillies are expected to finalize the new pact early this week.  Then we’ll see if Contreras can top the 1.22 WHIP, 3.34 ERA and 57/16 K/BB ratio that he registered over 56.2 inning this past season.

  1. Adam - Nov 14, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Also, 2 years for $5 million is a good price tag for the season he just had. The Phillies won’t regret this even if Contreras only has 1 decent to good year, they’ll get their moneys worth.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 15, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    The Big Cuban stays. Very good.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM

      Muy bien.

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