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Nationals add reliever Chad Durbin on minor-league deal

Feb 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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Washington wasn’t exactly hurting for bullpen depth, but with so many veteran relievers still looking for homes and willing to sign cheaply Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals have signed Chad Durbin to a minor-league deal.

Durbin spent last season in Cleveland and struggled, posting a 5.53 ERA while serving up 12 homers in 68 innings. However, his 59/26 K/BB ratio was still decent and prior to last year he pitched pretty well for the Phillies from 2008-2010.

Drew Storen is the Nationals’ closer and last week they signed Brad Lidge to join Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett as setup men, so Durbin will have to compete with Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Perry for a middle relief role in spring training.

  1. shawndc04 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    >>Durbin will have to compete with Henry Rodriguez<<
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    Incorrect. Davey Johnson wants to use Rodriguez not only as a setup man but as his number two closer to take some of the load off of Storen. Durbin will not make the team out of ST; he is AAA filler at this point, with a call to the Bigs only if someone gets hurt, and given the number of guys in front of him, even that is unlikely.

    • mlbwannabeessuck - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Durbin will not stay with the minors and will move on to another team. He deserves to be on a decent team and most likely make the team.
      Experience and what you seem to forget is most relievers have a good year, bad year, good year bad year. They not only throw innings they warm up all the stinking time without coming in. The innings do not reflect the amount of true wear and tear they pile up being relievers.
      Durbin will make the team.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Chad Durbin, Brad Lidge … we know J.C. hooked up with the cards and Baez be far behind?

  3. bradnw12 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    You can have him He was terrible for the tribe last year!

    • mlbwannabeessuck - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      I can see you are a true tribe fan. They suck and always have. They even shut down their blog site in 2004 because the fans were such idiots.
      OK, Durbin got stuck in long relief where he was not used effectively and had to play behind a team terribly managed. He is much better than you say, but then you are an mlbwannabee all the way. I bet your Daddy made sure you were in right field.

  4. natstowngreg - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    I think it was Earl Weaver who referred to guys like this as “deep depth.”

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