The Milwaukee Brewers are in the market for a free-agent reliever and Atlanta Braves’ Chad Durbin could be just the guy. Durbin has had an up and down career, but the Brewers should still consider taking a chance on the right-handed relief pitcher.
It is no secret Milwaukee plans on leaving the Winter Meetings that take place next week with at least one veteran reliever to bolster their bullpen for the 2013 MLB season. The 35-year-old Durbin is by no means a safe bet but the gamble could certainly pay off, just ask the Braves.
Atlanta was Durbin’s seventh Major League team in 12 years. The Braves were able to get him on a one-year, $900,000 discount due to his poor statistical performance with the Cleveland Indians in 2011. However, Atlanta came out ahead as Durbin posted a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA, 49 strikeouts, 15 holds and one save in 61 innings.
The Braves are supposedly in talks with Durbin to acquire him for another year, but there are several reports that suggest many teams are interested in signing the journeyman. The Brewers could certainly be one of those teams, as they desperately need someone with experience to teach Milwaukee’s young talented relievers the ropes. Durbin also comes with some much needed postseason experience as he was on the Philadelphia Phillies team in 2008 that sent the Brewers packing in the postseason and then went on to win the World Series.
Durbin has struggled over the years as a starter as his 4.95 career ERA suggests, but has been able to hold down a respectable 3.90 ERA since he was permanently placed in the bullpen five years ago. He now averages 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 17-10 record over that span.
I believe Durbin would be a great fit in Milwaukee and would be able to contribute well out of the bullpen for the Brewers. Obviously, after his outstanding performance last season he will be looking for more money than $900k a year, but that is still well within Milwaukee’s budget.
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