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Chad Durbin is holding out for an offer from a contender

Feb 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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There’s no longer room in the Phillies’ bullpen for Chad Durbin, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that three straight trips to the playoffs with Philadelphia has the free agent right-hander unwilling to sign with a non-contender.

According to Rosenthal he’s gotten multiple offers “from projected non-contenders” but is “holding out for a club with a better chance to reach the postseason.”

Of course, with the start of spring training right around the corner Durbin may have to lower his standards in a hurry. Rosenthal doesn’t pass along any information about which teams are interested in Durbin, but speculates that the Rays, Twins, Marlins, and Brewers “are among the other contenders that may want to add another reliever.”

Durbin tossed 226 innings with a 3.62 ERA in three seasons for the Phillies, including a 3.80 ERA and 63/27 K/BB ratio in 69 innings last year. He’s a solid middle reliever or secondary setup man, but it looks like he’ll have to accept a minor-league deal at this point.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    “but it looks like he’ll have to accept a minor-league deal at this point.”

    Where does it read this anywhere? From what I can read, it states that he has multiple deals with non-contenders but wants to go with a contender. Did I miss where it reads that he won’t be getting any major-league deals from anyone?

  2. Utley's Hair - Feb 7, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Are you sure the Phightins can’t bring him back and get rid of Baez?

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