Monday, January 28, 2013

Amaro Snags Two- Durbin & Betancourt

Chad Durbin is back in a Phillies uniform, something he is familiar with having spent 3 seasons in Philly earlier in his career (2008-2010).  The 35 year old right-handed reliever is durable, making 56+ appearance in each of the last 5 seasons.  Last year with the Braves he appeared in a career high 76 games and turned a 3.10 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.  Durbin has had success since converting from starting pitcher to reliever.  He's a welcome veteran addition to a mostly youthful bullpen, and at the price of 1 year/$1.1M, it's cost effective as well.

Amaro also added utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt on a minor league deal.  The Cuban defector is set to turn 31 years old on Thursday.  He's spent parts of his career in Seattle, Kansas City, and Milwaukee.  He's a .266/.682 hitter with moderate pop in his bat, but very slow afoot.  His defense is much maligned, but when he does get to the balls, he usually makes the plays (combined .970 FLD% at 2B, SS, and 3rd).  No reason to get really excited about this move, other than the fact it will knock Michael Martinez even further down on the depth chart.


15 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I could see Betancourt making the team, as his only competition at utility infielder is Freddy Galvis, Michael Martinez, and Pete Orr.

Amaro finally knows M&M sucks. They might want Galvis to get regular at bats in Triple-a. Orr isn't anything special.

GM-Carson said...

The Durbin signing isn't sexy or earth shattering, but he does hold value. He is a very durable veteran reliever. Aside from 2011, he's been better than average. Banking on all our young arms would be fine if the Phils were in a rebuilding stage, but they're not. Durbin gives them a veteran presence to pair with Papelbon and Adams. I really think Horst has a spot locked up and that the competition for last spot in the bullpen comes down to Aumont and Stutes.

Anonymous said...

If they carry only 2 lefties, I think they'll go with Papelbon, Adams, Bastardo, Horst, Durbin, Stutes, and Aumont.

GM-Carson said...

They have a lot bullpen depth.

Got a good 6th starter in Cloud.

Position players in the minors are thin. That's why signing Betancourt isn't a bad move.

Ben said...

Not big moves, but smart moves. Can't say I'm unhappy.

SirAlden said...

I like these moves.

Galvis can start at SS in AAA, and
be a trade chip.

Durbin can be the long man.

Howard - Utley - Rollins - Young - 2 Catchers - 2 Infielders - 5 Outfielders.

GM-Carson said...

I will preview the roster sometime soon. Frandsen is one of the extra infielders. I see 23 of the 25 spots already sealed up.

Chase Trillo said...

Nice to have Durbin back. He will be a nice veteran presence down in the pen. As for Betancourt, I could careless about him, although it is nice to keep kicking Martinez down the depth chart (too bad he isn't flat out released).

Andrew said...

Ha, Gio Gonzalez is a juicer. Don't lament trading him away as much anymore...

Chase Trillo said...

It would certainly help the Phils if Gio was suspended 50 games!

Chase Trillo said...

Sucks we signed Betancourt when Theriot is still out there.

Aaron said...

gotta love all the Nats fans out their who are proclaiming "there's no way Gio did PEDs his not that kind of guy".
Yes he is and yes he did. Guys don't end up in these reports for not doing anything wrong.

I predict the Nats are cursed for sitting several decades for sitting Strasburg last year.

Ben said...

It won't matter at all if Gio gets suspended. Between Strasburg, Zimmerman, Haren, and Detwieler, the Nats still have baseball's best rotation even is #5 were Adam Eaton. Plus the best bullpen. Loosing Gio is the difference between winning 105 games and 110 games.

Chase Trillo said...

No way they get to 105/110 wins. Not with the Braves and Phils in the East. 95-98 wins is more likely.

Hollingswood said...

Durbin is good when his slider is working. Good move cause we need bullpen help. Betancourt man this guy stinks and wasn't he on the list of steriod users a few years back. Any how he better not beat out Frandsen. Best utility bat we had in years!