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The Atlanta Braves Sign Chad Durbin

The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed reliever, Chad Durbin, to a one-year deal on Tuesday to finalize their 25 man roster. Durbin will take the spot of lefty, Yohan Flande, which was announced as making the team yesterday. Durbin will give the Braves another veteran arm out of the bullpen.

The Braves signed Durbin after the Washington Nationals released him on Tuesday. Flande has been reassigned to the minor leagues and will be pitching in AAA this season. Flande had a great spring, but ultimately the Braves chose the experience of Durbin, rather than the youth of Flande.

Durbin had a terrible 2011 season for the Cleveland Indians. Overall, he could potentially be a useful pitcher for the Braves. If you look at his last four years, he has been wildly inconsistent. Here is a look at his last four years, which has been as a reliever:

Year Tm W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 PHI 5 4 2.87 71 1 87.2 81 28 5 35 63 153 1.323 8.3 0.5 3.6 6.5 1.80
2009 PHI 2 2 4.39 59 2 69.2 56 34 8 47 62 96 1.478 7.2 1.0 6.1 8.0 1.32
2010 PHI 4 1 3.80 64 0 68.2 63 29 7 27 63 108 1.311 8.3 0.9 3.5 8.3 2.33
2011 CLE 2 2 5.53 56 0 68.1 86 42 12 26 59 72 1.639 11.3 1.6 3.4 7.8 2.27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/3/2012.

Again, last season was terrible. His splits are much more favorable for his time in Philadelphia. He could be a serviceable reliever.

Hopefully, this will not be a pickup that will give the Braves a player take Scott Proctor or Scott Linebrink’s spot. This could potentially be the signing that could do that. However, it is a decent gamble as long as Gonzalez manages the bullpen properly. Which is the issue for the Braves.