Phillies, Contreras Close To Two-Year Deal

The Phillies and reliever Jose Contreras are close to reaching an agreement on a two-year deal worth $5MM, reports ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas. The deal also includes an option for a third year plus performance based incentives.

Contreras, 39 next month, was very good for the Phillies in 2010, pitching to a 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings. He struck out 9.1 and walked just 2.5 batters for every nine innings pitched. Earlier this week we heard that the Phillies were "working aggressively" to re-sign him.

Tim Dierkes broke down Contreras' free agent stock back in May, saying that he could be in line for a two-year deal if his strong work as a reliever held up.


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43 Comments on "Phillies, Contreras Close To Two-Year Deal"


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AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 7 months ago

Next up: Jamie Moyer.

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$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

Or they’ll pony up and give Takahashi the three years he’s chasing.

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jkos4
4 years 7 months ago

Most wins in the majors = doing something right.

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myname_989
4 years 7 months ago

Haters gonna hate.

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myname_989
4 years 7 months ago

I really like Contreras coming out of the pen. He looked good last year, and he certainly wasn’t signing for less than what Danys Baez got.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Absolutley…As long as he keep throwing that Split Finger pitch, he can pitch until he gets to the Jamie Moyer age.

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4 years 7 months ago

I disagree, his days as a starter are over, and he has no significant closing experience, or even set-up experience. Who gives multiple years to a middle-relief guy? Oh, yea, our Phillies….

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4 years 7 months ago

Actually, lots of teams do.

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jkos4
4 years 7 months ago

If it were a large dollar contract I’d agree, but the risk here is minimal and the Phillies really need more consistent relievers in the bullpen.

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$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

When was the last time you could call Jose Contreras “consistent?” The relief market is loaded with options who would’ve signed cheaper than this or are better than Contreras, or both.

Even if you’re just looking at 2010, his second half was pretty mediocre. Plus, the very reason they need more consistent relievers is because they give contracts like this out to guys like Contreras, Baez, and Romero (though I know Romero wasn’t from Amaro Jr., just saying the Phillies in general).

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jkos4
4 years 7 months ago

Better? Perhaps. Cheaper? No. And his overall numbers were still solid last year (3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP). I think it’s unfair to compare him to Romero and Baez, who were both terrible for practically the entire season in 2010. Plus, it’s not like he’s being signed to be a big time stopper or anything. 7th inning guy at best, and he’ll probably end up sharing that role with another reliever. There’s also still a possibility the Phils sign another “shut down” type reliever as well. Again, 2 years, $5M, minimal risk. Solid signing.

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myname_989
4 years 7 months ago

This comment honestly makes no sense to me. They had no intention of using Jose Contreras in the rotation, so why would that effect the value of his contract? Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson will take the eighth and ninth inning roles, and Contreras was very effective in the seventh inning last year. Keeping his innings down (by keeping him in the bullpen), and using him in a consistent role will bode well for the Phils’ and Contreras. Personally, I’m happy giving a guy like him two years.

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Brandon Woodworth
4 years 7 months ago

Another multi-year contract on an ageing veteran that they will soon regret. Good thing they have the luxury of money.

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4 years 7 months ago

Agreed, I would have thought they learned their lesson with Danys Baez, but I guess not.

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JohnKruksWaistline
4 years 7 months ago

Danys Baez shouldn’t be the benchmark comparison for re-signing Contreras. Contreras can actually pitch.

Edit: Which is to say the Baez signing and Baez don’t suck because Baez is old, they suck because Baez has a thing for sucking. It’s what he doesn’t suck at.

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chaifetz10
4 years 7 months ago

You can see into the future? “Contreras, 39 next month, was very good for the Phillies in 2011″ I think you mean 2010.

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4 years 7 months ago

“Contreras, 39 next month, was very good for the Phillies in 2011, pitching to a 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings. ”

Not only can you see into the future, but he’s going to have the same stats in 2011 as in 2010?

That’s historic consistency, right there.