The Phillies have signed Chad Durbin to a one year contract with $1.1mm in guaranteed money and $350K in incentives, per Jerry Crasnick.That means that Schwimer, Aumont, DeFratus, Stutes, Diekman, Kendrick, Cloyd/Lannan (AKA loser of 5th Starter job), Savery, Rosenberg, et al are competing for, likely, 3 spots. I have fond memories of Chad Durbin. He's a solid, if thoroughly unspectacular, middle reliever. The Phillies at the moment have a log jam of middle relievers, which, on the surface, makes this look like a weird signing. Here's the thing though, most of those arms are bullpen only guys and the #6 starter right now is Tyler Cloyd with #7 being Pettibone (a guy they may want to spend the season in Allentown developing). Durbin hasn't started in years, but in the event of injuries and weird scheduling, having an extra, reliable arm for the bullpen games is a benefit.
Phillies resign Chad Durbin
The Good Phight | Jan 28