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Report: Phils Finally Take Hold Of League’s Durbins

We have news! The Phillies allegedly signed pitcher …

Chad Durbin.

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.

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