And then there was one: Chad Durbin has signed a one-year, $1.635 million deal with Phillies.

Right on the heels of Jayson Werth signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the Phils, the Phillies has just signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year deal worth $1.635 million dollars, leaving Ryan Howard as the only one of the original arbitration eight still not under contract.

Chad Durbin, pitching in the bullpen, made 71 appearances for the Phillies in 2008, going 5-4 with an ERA of 2.87 while pitching a total of 87.2 innings. Career-wise, Durbin has a record of 30-41 with an ERA of 5.29, appearing in 185, 75 of which were starts, for a total of 552.2 innings of work.

With Durbin’s signing, the Phillies now have only Ryan Howard to worry about going to arbitration, as he asks for $18 million while they offer him $14 million.

I was right again about the Phillies signing Durbin before the weekend, I just was not expecting it to happen so soon. Another good move by the front office. Now then, how about trying to tie down Howard, while getting a right handed bat for the bench and someone of the lefthanded variety to pitch in place of J.C. Romero while he’s out for fifty games.

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Okay – I’ll see what I can do about Howard and the Phillies! Thinking happy thoughts!

Julia
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Those cards you had in the 70’s are probably worth a fair bit now. Not anywhere near to where they were in the late 80’s, but probably a fair bit. Looks like you guys got a ‘career year,’ out of Durbin last season. Well, as far as the ERA, even though he did start in the past. Those middle relieve men are always so underrated, but they do play a big role in a team’s success.
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To Julia: Thanks. Hopefully, we’ll hear something in a week or two.

Sadly, I’d already sold the non-World Series sports cards that I’d own (I also had Football and Hockey cards to go along with the Baseball cards.). The person that I’d sold them to told me that if I had kept my cards in better condition I would have made a lot of money, since most of my cards were pre-1980. But, hey, I was not a card collector back then, I’d only collected cards. As for Durbin, hopefully that wasn’t his only career year, and yes, middle relievers are overlooked, but, if they are doing their jobs, they should be, since they are not blowing games before handing it off to the eighth inning specialist and the closer.

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