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The Phillies sign Chad Durbin

Jan 28, 2013, 11:33 AM EST

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The lastest move from Ruben Amaro:

Sources told MLB.com today the Phillies and right-hander Chad Durbin have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, pending a physical. The deal includes a club option for 2014. Durbin, 35, pitched for the Phillies from 2008-10, when he helped solidify the middle innings.

Jerry Crasnick says the deal is for $1.1 million with some incentives.

Durbin is useful, and his ERA was a bit misleading last year after he began the season with a few disaster appearances before settling down into a reliable groove. Anecdotally (he pitched for the Braves last year) he seemed to give up more hits and walks and allowed more inherited runners to score than he actually did. I have no idea what to make of that. Vexing really. Especially the inherited runner part. In reality he allowed only 11 of 44 to score, which isn’t bad.  So I’m wondering why I have this irrationally dour view of his performance last year. Probably has a lot to do with Fredi Gonzalez using him in some high leverage situations rather than go to his better relievers, thereby causing me to subconsciously transfer my anger at the manager to the pitcher. Whatever the case, it probably says an awful lot about the irrationality and subjectivity of being a fan, especially when it comes to bullpens.

Oh well.  He is another new face in the Philly pen, which desperately needed a makeover. If things break right, he and Mike Adams could turn what was a profound weakness last year into a strength. It’s little moves like these which tend go unnoticed until a team exceeds expectations and then someone writes the “how are the Phillies doing it?” article.

  1. greymares - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    reasonable signing, i like it.

  2. jon3068 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    He was really lousy in the beginning of the year, causing everyone to hate him. Then he settled down while everyone was marveling over Beachy and Medlen.

  3. Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Has he picked up any outfield experience since he left here before?

  4. natslady - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Nats had Durbin for a while and there wasn’t room for him in 2012. Seems like a “character” guy, and I wish him well (except vs. Nats).

    • sargespeak - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      The Nats had Durbin??? JD or Chad?

      • natslady - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Chad. He came to spring training on a minor-league deal and didn’t make the cut. (2012)

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Love it! Welcome Back!

  6. dwdive - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    decent signing. Better than Qualls… jeez, was that guy terrible…

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Qualls sets a mighty high bar there.

  7. timpaz - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Anyone has to be better than Qualls , how’s this guy even stay in majors

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      How is he still in the majors? Come on, man!!! He’s in Miami.

  8. phillyphannn83 - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    :-)

  9. biasedhomer - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Not liking this deal for the Phillies. Reminds me of when they signed Dontrelle Willis last year.

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