Chad Durbin appears on the verge of returning to the Phillies even though he will have to accept minimal dollars and fight for a bullpen role, as Peter Gammons reports on Twitter. The 33-year-old had a 3.80 ERA in 68 2/3 relief appearances for Philadelphia but has had near-zero interest despite strong peripherals.
However, Durbin also has another suitor in the Red Sox who want to use him as a starter. That would necessitate reporting to Triple-A and functioning as depth, but Gammons says Durbin is "intrigued" by the opportunity. Such a move to starter would likely put him among top consideration for an eventual promotion due to injury and could boost his stock in the eyes of others.
Durbin last started a game in 2007 for the Tigers, making 19 starts in 36 games and posting a 4.72 ERA. He has 75 career starts, but 233 relief appearances. The most starts he has made in a full major league season is back in 2001 as a 23-year-old for the Royals when he made 29 starts, good for a 4.93 ERA in 179 innings.
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