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Chad Durbin mulling offers

Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:17 pm

DurbinChad 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.

Gammons says that Durbin is engaged with the Rays and Rangers but hasn't gotten a contract offer to his liking just yet. Earlier reports had Durbin connected to the Mariners as well.

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.

-- Evan Brunell

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