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JD Durbin Placed On Waivers; Phils Carrying 10 Pitchers

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, March 27, 2008 10:56 AM | Comments: 5
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All the talk about JD Durbin being part of the Phillies early bullpen has quickly gone awry — the right-hander was placed on waivers today.

Durbin was passable for the Phillies in 2007, going 6-5 with a 5.15 ERA in 64.2 innings. This spring, however, was horrible for Durbin, as he gave up runs almost every time out.

Concerns for Durbin have focused on his mentality — he’s a 15-year-old boy in a 26-year-old body. That mentality might be OK for a guy like Brett Myers, who has fantastic stuff, but not for an AAA-quality arm like Durbin.

Durbin’s exit means the Phillies only have 10 pitchers on the Opening Day roster: Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, Adam Eaton, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, JC Romero, Ryan Madson and Tom Gordon. With the Phillies shopping Wes Helms for a possible reliever (Steve Kline was the main target, but supposedly a deal fell apart), the Durbin move could be signaling a transaction is near.

Of course, the Phillies may not be that close. It’s possible they could place Helms and OF Chris Snelling on the Opening Day roster, giving the club 15 hitters. Brad Lidge is set to return April 5, and Francisco Rosario would be back around then too. Adding those two would make Snelling and Helms expendable again, balancing the roster out to 13 and 12.

Either way, the pitching situation is a problem. No pitcher was good enough to break camp, and no transaction made during the offseason fixed the bullpen woes. Now the Phillies have a sticky situation on their hands — go outside for an uncertainty or wait out the injured. Both options are potentially rotten.

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  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    Thank God. They should go ahead and give the Carpenter kid a try,

     
  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    This will be the Gillick legacy:

    Gillick: “Pitching is No. 1 priority.”

    Gillick’s pitching acquisitions: Eaton, Moyer, Garcia

    Gillick’s scorecard on upgrading the reigning NL East champions by adding pitching: D- (it’s not an F ’cause Lidge might work out nice, and Benson would be a bonus).

    Ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank

    uhm… Jamie Moyer has won nineteen games (in 41 starts) since he got here.

    200 innings last year.

    He was a fantastic acquisition.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    IMO, I think Gillick is trying to stay away from upgrading the staff with guys that will have contracts beyond 2009. That leads me to believe that they are really high on Carrasco, Outman, Carpenter, Savery, etc. If he goes out and signs more chumps like Eaton then we’ll be stuck with them blocking a spot for the younger cheaper guys.

    I’m not saying this is the right strategy….its the only explanation I can come up with that explains his unwillingness to step up and get some better pitching right now. IDFK.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    Frank, I’m not bashing Moyer at all. I love the guy. He’s the only plus in that trio. The thing with Moyer is that he’s soon to be 46 years old. This is likely his last season — which is fine. I like the idea of a great guy like Moyer retiring as a Phillie.

    But I’m talking “legacy” of Gillick. No one’s going to look back on Pat Gillick as the man who put the pieces together to bring us a championship. Heck, if he got a Moyer clone instead of Eaton (we’d have like a Moyer I and a Moyer II), Gillick’s grade would automatically be up to something like a C+.

    But he hasn’t. He gave us Eaton and Garcia. (And I think Tater Gordon, who is capable, as he showed in September, but he’s aging as well and isn’t a closer and isn’t going to go the entire year without landing on the DL at some point.)

     
 
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