The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has gotten a little more crowded this week. "The Fighting Phils" will be bringing back Chad Durbin on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with a club option for 2014. ESPN reports that the deal could be worth $1.45 million with incentives.
Ruben Amaro, Jr. was excited about the move, saying “It gives us some depth. He was a guy who was out there at a very good price and still available late in the offseason.” Most Philly fans will remember Durbin from the 2008-2010 seasons. He will be 35 this season, but he pitched well last year for the Atlanta Braves in 76 games, with a 4-1 record and 3.10 ERA. The most important statistic might have been his 0.83 ERA in 28 appearances against National League East teams.
The Phillies made another signing this week that went a little more under the radar. A lot of people scoffed at the signing, but it could a good one. Amaro acknowledges that the infield depth is a spot of some concern. With Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis probably locking down spots during Spring Training, there could still be one or two infield spots available depending on what the Phils want to carry through the season. If Betancourt has a good spring, he could definitely make the Opening Day lineup. He hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, and 36 RBIs in 57 games with the Kansas City Royals in 2012.
Things seem to be taking shape for the Phillies this season. Stay tuned – pitchers and catchers report soon!
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