In 2008 the Phillies made up for having a good starting rotation at best, by having a stacked bullpen. The 2008 ‘pen featured Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and one Chad Durbin. Durbin often the forgotten man in the ’08 bullpen which helped lead the Phillies to their first World Series in 28 years, posted a 4-1 record with a 2.87 ERA in 2008.
Monday, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the Phillies agreed to bring back Durbin on a one-year deal. Zolecki mentions that there is a club option for 2014, but does not disclose the exact amount that Durbin will make.
In 2012 the Phillies starting rotation didn’t live up to the hype (yes I am talking about you Roy and Cliff), and the bullpen, well it flat out sucked. Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes that Durbin can bring some middle inning stability to the bullpen in 2013.
One note to point out is that bringing in Durbin is not Amaro’s way of trying to recreate 2008. Durbin had a solid season last year with divisional rival Atlanta, posting a 4-1 record, with a 3.10 ERA. Those numbers are eerily similar to Durbin’s 2008 numbers.
Durbin comes into a bullpen that already features All-Star Jonathan Papelbon, and newly-signed setup man Mike Adams. So for everyone complaining that Amaro did not fix enough of the teams holes in the lineup, he certainly appears to have done enough to clean up that mess that as the 2012 Phillies bullpen.
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