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Phillies Nation Player Review: Chad Durbin

DurbinAh, Chad Durbin. He was a good bullpen piece for the Phillies a few years ago. But in 2013, he was, to put it nicely, sub-par. He signed with the team for 1.1 million in late January, a move that was criticized heavily at the time.

Still, the Phillies kept giving Durbin chances in big spots early on, and he failed over and over.

Eventually, after just sixteen appearances (and a total of sixteen innings pitched), Durbin was released. Due to him being released outright, the Phillies still owed him $1.1 million. He wouldn’t pitch again in 2013. His season ERA was an even 9.00, and his WHIP was comfortably over two.

He wasn’t used as a mop-up guy like we expected. Instead, he pitched a lot of six, seven, and even eighth innings in games that were still close. Many times, he put the game out of reach for the Phillies by giving up runs.


Like his season, this review is short. There’s not much to say. Realistically, Durbin should have never been signed in the first place. I think many people expected him to be exactly what he was–a pitcher struggling to get outs while giving up a bunch of runs. He was put in a bad spot and the results were unsurprisingly bad.



  1. bacardipr

    October 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Part of Rubes flawed logic that bought us Baez, Wigginton and company.

    • George

      October 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I wouldn’t cfall it flawed logic. I’d call it flawed player evaluation. The team needed a reliever in the case you cited, and they needed a 1st/3rd baseman the year Wiggy was added. There was no “logical” malfuction in signing either player. The decision was flawed only because the scouts should have noticed that both Baez and Wiggy (and Durbin) were no blasted good anymore, and that there were better options around.

  2. Pamikedc

    October 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

    He did well mixed in w a bunch of stud ATL relievers and Mr Amaro just thought that he was going to be a good piece for the PHLs. It was unbearable watching him.

  3. bacardipr

    October 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    George yes you are correct. What i meant is for Rube’s propensity to sign these old vets simply based on past performances. So, yes his flawed logic in his player eval which i bet is most solely based on that aspect of it. The Baez signing was especially ugly i remember the Orioles blogs laughing from here to Timbuktu and elated that he was off the Orioles squad.

    • George

      October 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      I just can’t get myself to believe Amaro is the sole cuprit in some of these signings of has-beens. There are loads of advisers, scouts, and even Pat Gillick prodding him.

      Amaro should, however realize that he’s been getting some putrid advice and axe some of the people who are making so many feeble suggestions. I think Amaro’s biggest fault as a GM is that he lacks the guts to step on a few toes, buck the trend, or what-have-you. It’s clear to fans, and even fans of other teams (like the Orioles) that the bit players being signed are no bloody good anymore, but someone has to be looking suggesting these comatose players, and Amaro needs to figure out who and give him (or them) their pink slip, even if it’s Gillick he has to toss out the window. Getting someone like Halladay was a no-brainer, but there aren’t so many obvious stars out there, and ANY general manager needs some really good advice as to who among the lesser talents can actually fulfill a major league role.

      The Phils front office needs a shake-up. Amaro may not have to go, but surely he should if he isn’t going to dump a few old-school scouts and get a bit more into statistical analysis.

  4. bacardipr

    October 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    They are suppose to be adding a Stat guy this year so let’s see George. Not sure if its Amaro or who is suggested to go after Baez or anyone else for that matter. You are probably right maybe its just not solely him.

  5. Rob h

    October 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Who highly scrutinized it? He wasn’t supposed to pitch in close games, that’s on Charlie. He was always ignorant with relief pitchers. It didn’t go well with durbin but no one was real mad at the time.

    • George

      October 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Manuel had little choice but to use Durbin in tight situations. At the beginning of the year there wasn’t a decent arm coming out of the pen for any inning except possibly the ninth. You can’t fault the manager when he has nothing to manage.

  6. bacardipr

    October 6, 2013 at 7:36 am

    With this offense we had all the games where usually close. Charlie like Rube has a preference for his vets effective or not.

  7. Ojibe

    October 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Durbin should be in Iran wearing a turban.

  8. Papa John

    October 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Phillies has one of the biggest payrolls, yet they struggle. Ergo, the GM is doing a bad job.

    If the Phillies stunk this bad with a 30 mil roster and plenty of prospects, I wouldn’t say a thing . It’s the obvious overpay on several contracts that irks me.

  9. Papa John

    October 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Phillies has one of the biggest payrolls, yet they struggle. Ergo, the GM is doing a bad job.

    If the Phillies were this bad with a 30 mil roster and plenty of prospects, I wouldn’t say a thing . It’s the obvious overpay on several contracts that irks me.

    • schmenkman

      October 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Papelbon and Howard are the only significant overpays.

      • wbramh

        October 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        Agree, which means it’s more a question of who they pay rather than how much they pay them.
        You would think a team with buying power (like the Phillies) would have that much more of an advantage over most teams in MLB if they could apply both money and math in their personnel decisions.
        But they are proving it’s possible to squander what you have and reject what you could have.

    • George

      October 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I’m always amused by people who make statements like “obvious overpay on several contracts” but don’t even mention what contracts and why they are overpays.

      That type of research is sometimes called “kneejerk reaction.”

      • lefty

        October 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Wbramh, I always find your comments interesting. Could you please expound on this one?
        For instance, I’m of the impression that they spend too much on pitching versus offense. Is this the type of thing you’re referring to?

  10. bacardipr

    October 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I will respectively add Rollins to that mix Schmk. I dont do stats but they have him down as a replacement level player.

  11. bacardipr

    October 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This year version of Rollins..

    • schmenkman

      October 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      You have to look at the whole contract, and I would still bet that he will earn it, or at least come close.

  12. bacardipr

    October 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    He would have to bounce back big time next year to come close Scmenk. If the 2015 option vests look even worse

    • schmenkman

      October 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      According to fangraphs, he’s been worth 6.4 WAR the first two years of his contract (4.8 last year, 1.6 this year). If he gets another 1.5 and 1.0 the next two years, that’s 8.9 total. On the FA market, that’s worth over $42 M (4.5/WAR in 2012, 5/WAR this year, and assumed to stay at that level in 2014-15, although if anything it will be higher).

      Compared to his contract of $44 M, including 2015, I consider that close.

  13. bacardipr

    October 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    The baseball reference folks have him listed as a 0.2. I do think Jimmy has it in him to bounce back some next year.

    • Hogey's Role

      October 7, 2013 at 9:10 am

      I agree I think he’ll bounce back some but in my opinion he’s not a 1-5 hitter… However with this current team I think he’s best suited as a number 6 but he’ll probably hit second cause there isn’t much else for options there

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