We have news! The Phillies allegedly signed pitcher …
Don’t know deal details yet, but Durbin is a “journeyman” and “30.” Here are his numbers from 2007:
2007 – 36 G (19 GS) / 8-7 / 4.72 ERA / 1.426 WHIP / 66 K / 49 BB
Career, his 5.75 ERA and 1.426 WHIP means, in Phillies terms, “4 1/3 innings and 4 runs.”
Durbin spent last year (and 2006) with the Tigers. I got to see him pitch one game on TV, and I believe he was rocked quite a bit by the Twins. Basically, folks, this one’s a wash. Not bad numbers altogether, but the words “journeyman” and “30” never really excite me.
Already prognosticators are penciling him in as the No. 5 starter. I don’t think so. If anything, he’s battling with Eaton and his brother-from-another-mother, J.D. Durbin. Hopefully, this isn’t the only pitching signing left for the Phils.
Strangely, when this news was first reported by a fan with an ear to the grindstone, he said Geoff Jenkins is a done deal too. We’ll keep the ears open.