Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Next up: Phillies give Durbin 1 year deal

Ruben Amaro doesn't mess around. When faced with 7 players who were arbitration-eligible, Amaro swiftly signed 6 of them and avoided the hassle of arbitration. The latest to sign was Chad Durbin, relief ace and possible spot starter.

Durbin signed a 1 year deal with the Phillies worth 1.65 million. Signing him allows the Phillies to bring back every player from their solid 2008 bullpen. Durbin will continue to play a key role in the 7th and 8th innings as a bridge to Brad Lidge. His ability to come in at any point in the game and get several outs or just a few is invaluable to the Phillies.

The Durbin signing leaves just one Phillie left to deal with, but he's the big one. Ryan Howard is the final arbitration-eligible Phillie and his deal won't be done any time soon. Nice work Amaro, now you just have one more hurdle to get over.

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

How would you spend Howard's millions?

This is how we would-