Phillies Bring Back Chad Durbin; Add Yuniesky Betancourt
Ruben Amaro Jr. continues his quest to strengthen the bullpen and buy five dollar DVD’s from Wal-Mart with today’s transactions.
Reliever Chad Durbin will have a second stint with the Phils after signing a one-year contract worth a max of roughly $1.5 million.
His signing is pretty middling in terms of value. Durbin will likely see limited action from the bullpen with the Phillies after a solid campaign with the Atlanta Braves. He pitched in 76 games for a total of 61 innings and an ERA of 3.10.
Consider Durbin’s signing as a step up from guys like Rodrigo Lopez and Juan Cruz, but not quite as impactful as Mike Adams or John Lannan (assuming he earns the 5th starting spot).
In other news, 31 year-old shortstop/second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt has signed a one-year minor league deal with the Phillies that includes an invite to spring training. If he makes the major league roster, he will earn $1.4 mil.
Last year the former Royal batted .228 with a .256 on-base percentage, nine walks and seven homers. Not really good numbers…at all. His last reputable season came in 2008 when he hit for .279.
If Betancourt makes the team, he will be a stop-gap in case of injury and really shouldn’t see much time. In essence, his contract is a worse version of the recent deal with outfielder Delmon Young.