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Chad Durbin could return to the Phillies

Feb 22, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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Just when it began to look like the Phillies wouldn’t have room for Chad Durbin in their bullpen or their payroll, there’s now a pretty good chance that he will return.

Peter Gammons of MLB Network alluded to the possibility earlier this afternoon and a source tells Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that returning to Philadelphia would be Durbin’s “first choice.”

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Durbin’s agent Dan Horwits is in talks with two other teams — presumably the Rangers and Rays, based on Gammons’ report — about a potential major league deal, but no offers have been made. If Durbin walks away from the talks empty handed, he may re-join the Phillies on a minor league deal. Gelb writes that Durbin is expected to make his choice in the next 48 hours.

All things being equal, Durbin would rather just return to the Phillies and attempt to win a spot in the bullpen as a non-roster player. And it’s hard to blame him there.

Durbin, 33, has compiled a 3.62 ERA over 226 innings in the past three seasons with the Phillies, including a 3.80 ERA and 63/27 K/BB ratio across 69 innings last year.

  1. Jonny 5 - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Chad Durbin may head for Clearwater Thurs. if Rays, Rangers don”t move. Still Intrigued by Boston offer as starter
    about 18 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    Retweeted by 14 people

    Peter Gammons

  2. Jonny 5 - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    What’s up with Boston wanting Durbin as a starter? Seriously though.

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