Friday, January 22, 2010

Jose Contreras is a Phillie

Enrique Rojas, of ESPN Deportes, is reporting that 38 year old righy Jose Contreras has signed a 1 year deal with the Phillies. In 7 MLB seasons with Yankees, ChiSox, and Rox, mostly as a starting pitcher, Contreras has a 71-63 record with a 4.61 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He's set to compete for the 5th spot in the rotation with Grand Pappy Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, and Andrew Carpenter. However, the ever-busy Ruben Amaro Jr. likely sees him slotting into the bullpen as a double-inning capable reliever, much like the now absent Chan Ho Park. If this deal is for less than $2M, then I see it as another positive move made by Rube this offseason. Sure, I would have preferred Jose Valverde or Fernando Rodney, but the money is stretched thin, so you gotta go with what you can afford.

*Of note, this is the second Cuban pitcher landed by the Phils this offseason. Danys Baez being the other.

9 comments:

SirAlden said...

Excellent. Give Pedro 5 Mil,
and we are all set.

GM-Carson said...

Amaro is interested in Pedro on the half year plan again.

Andrew said...

damn, I hate Contreras.... oh well, in Rube (PG) we trust... I went to an O's/White Sox game last season and heckled Jose warming up in the bullpen for a good 10 minutes. I'm just not a fan.

Aaron said...

contreras is useless, we will all hate him by May 1st.

GM-Carson said...

We won't hate Contreras is he's in the pen. If he's starting, I see bad things.

tamtam said...

Contreras is washed up. Good luck with him.

Bob D said...

Contreras has a good stint last year in the bullpen during the 2nd half of the season. So if he could do that again for the Phils in the pen then yes this is a good signing

GM-Carson said...

Can we start referring to Philly as Little Cuba now? Or is that title held for Miami?

furiousBall said...

i don't get this signing, but i'll trust in the front office (for now)