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.