Braves Sign Chad Durbin

The Braves announced that they signed right-hander Chad Durbin to a Major League contract. The Nationals, had signed the 34-year-old to a minor league deal in February, but he opted out today, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link).

Durbin posted a 5.53 ERA with 7.8 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and a 40.2% ground ball rate in 68 1/3 innings for the Indians last year. This marks the second time in a week the Braves have bolstered their pitching staff with a veteran addition. They signed Livan Hernandez to a Major League deal hours after the Astros released him last Friday.


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29 Comments on "Braves Sign Chad Durbin"


Guest
3 years 4 months ago

hahaha

ultimaparadox
3 years 4 months ago

And we thought Scott Linebrink was bad… oh boy

3 years 4 months ago

Sooooo…..Livan now Durbin….I know Linebrink suuuuuuucked and well…Sherrill he belongs in the AL….we must have had no confidence in any of our young arms….if the Nationals did’nt want Durbin wth did we? and if the Astros released Livan why would we jump on his rubber arm?

abravesfan
3 years 4 months ago

 Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty are both left handed

jwick18
3 years 4 months ago

two questionable major league deals. oh well

nm344
3 years 4 months ago

Major League deal?  HAHAHAHA.

Brv Rocks
3 years 4 months ago

Well, I guess there goes Yohan Flande and his 0.73 spring ERA back to AAA so that the Braves can have at least one garbage….ahem veteran….reliever on staff.  They dealt with the stinky Scott Proctor last year and now they go and pay more good money for his clone.  And rest assured no matter how bad he is ole’ Fredi will send him out there night after night.

FillyPhan
3 years 4 months ago

WTH I thought it was the Nats that took Phillies trash. Now the Braves are taking the Nats trash that was the Phillies trash.

Infield Fly
3 years 4 months ago

Well, recycling is mandatory in most of the United States now – is it not?

Michael Gardiner
3 years 4 months ago

I could understand the Livan move because maybe a move to the pen can give him a little more life or what have you. But seriously…. WHY DURBIN?!?!?!?!?!

RoyDMercer
3 years 4 months ago

Yeesh.   This lends further ammunition to the widely held view that the Braves are a 4th place club in all likelihood.  

FillyPhan
3 years 4 months ago

Yeesh. Need to use 3 spaces between sentences and repeat myself using different words.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

yeeeaaahhhh..about that. The only people I’ve seen predicting a 4th place finish are the fans of other teams. I’ve seen a few instances of them being predicted to win the division but most predictions are for 2nd.

RoyDMercer
3 years 4 months ago

Yeesh.   This lends further support to the growing view around baseball that the Braves will finish in 4th place in 2012.  

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 4 months ago

I guess if you can’t be in the Nationals bullpen you can always make it in Atlanta

Joe_Rodgers
3 years 4 months ago

Because the Nats have a trio like Kimbrel, Venters, and O’Flaherty

roberty
3 years 4 months ago

Considering the competition between young, quality relievers who actually had great springs I find it puzzling that the Braves have signed two guys to major league contracts who weren’t good enough to make it with other teams.  Maybe they know something we don’t?  Maybe they are worried about how young their actual good relievers are and wanted to get a greater veteran presence in the bullpen?  I can’t help thinking that money would have been better spent on Mike Gonzalez. 

3 years 4 months ago

Hopefully.  I’m gonna be hella disappointed if it was solely for “veteran presence”.  Don’t care how old you are or how many years you’ve been in the league.  You’re either good or you aren’t, end of story.

3 years 4 months ago

Durbin will be the guy that gets thrown into the lopsided wins or losses. Can’t waist great arms in blowouts.

Ryan Mooney
3 years 4 months ago

In the past 2 seasons he has been with every NL EAST TEAM..LOL

3 years 4 months ago

Except for the Mets and Marlins.

Ryan Mooney
3 years 4 months ago

I forget he didnt play 4 new york but i know he diffently played for the marlins!

Brad426
3 years 4 months ago

 You know you can click on the player’s link and look stuff like that up before you say you diffently know something…

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

jeez people cool your jets!! Notice the headline says “Braves sign Chad Durbin” it doesn’t say “Braves sign Chad Durbin for 3 years, will probably knock Kimbrel out of the closer role”. He’ll be the mop-up guy that only comes in if we’re getting destroyed or we’re the ones destroying.

kray1000
3 years 4 months ago

I thought that’s what Livan Hernandez was for.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

nah he’s long relief and spot starts

Scott Serbin
3 years 4 months ago

OR he’ll appear in two close games at the beginning of the season while piling up a 13.50 ERA in two innings of work.

Andrew Thomas
3 years 4 months ago

livan will be the long guy in case for whatever reason our starter cant go more than 3 innings

alex collins
3 years 4 months ago

 sounds like a “mop up role” that was just mentioned….