Phillies Bring In Chad Durbin to Fortify Pen, Yuniesky Betancourt to Fortify Jokes

Phillies Bring In Chad Durbin to Fortify Pen, Yuniesky Betancourt to Fortify Jokes

The Phillies went out and added Chad Durbin to help fortify their bullpen today by giving him a relatively affordable one-year deal with a club option in 2014. You likely remember Durbin from such winning seasons as the 2008 World F&*%ing Champions, the 2009 World Series Losers, and the 2010 NL Losers to the Giants.

Durbin pitched for the rival Atlanta Braves last season and put up solid numbers. He'll be 35 this season and look to be a "good guy" in the pen this year as Todd Zolecki writes.

He went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 76 appearances last season with the
Atlanta Braves. He had a 2.33 ERA from April 18 through the end of the
regular season, and carried a 0.83 ERA in 28 appearances against the
National League East.

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In other Phillies news, they announced they'd bring infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to big league camp on a minor league deal.

Betancourt,
30, hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 36 RBI in
57 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.  Defensively, he
appeared in 46 games at second base, eight at third base and one at
shortstop.  Following the regular season, Betancourt played for Aguilas
de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League, where he batted .308 with
eight doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games.

Good to see another infielder who hit in the .220s last year brought in to fight for a roster spot.

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.