2013 Phillies Report Card: Chad Durbin

As a birthday present to me this year, Ruben Amaro decided to sign Chad Durbin.

This was just under a week removed from the everlasting Delmon Young signing, capping off a week of deals that amounted to relatively little baseball money but relatively lots of anguish and gray-hairing. Durbin was inked to a one-year deal plus a club option, and was guaranteed $1.1 million with his $850k salary in ’13 and $250k buyout in ’14, plus games played incentives he never had a prayer of collecting.

Durbin had posted a decent ERA with mediocre peripherals in 2012, and in a vacuum, maybe the deal wasn’t so bad. But there were principles and circumstances surrounding this deal that made it an antagonist from the get-go.

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