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OF Geoff Jenkins, Pitcher Chad Durbin Acquired by Phillies

       
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              Geoff Jenkins       Chad Durbin

The Phillies announced on Wednesday that they have acquired both former Milwaukee Brewers free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins and veteran journeyman pitcher Chad Durbin.

With the signing of Jenkins, the Phillies moved to compensate for the loss of centerfielder Aaron Rowand who recently signed a 4 year, $60 million deal with the San Francisco Giants.

Ticker reports on the probable Jenkins contract terms and backgound for Yahoo sports;

According to the report, the contract is believed to be worth $13 million. The deal also includes a third year vesting option on plate appearances that could increase the total package to $20 million.

Jenkins, 33, has spent his entire 10-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He became a free agent after this past season when the team declined his $9 million contract option.

After losing center fielder Aaron Rowand in free agency and trading speedy outfielder Michael Bourn to the Houston Astros…, the Phillies have been looking for a lefthanded bat to share time with Jayson Werth in right field.

A career .277 hitter with 212 home runs, Jenkins could be a fit for the Phillies, who play their home games at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

In 132 games last season, Jenkins batted .255 with 21 homers and 64 RBI.

Associated Press Writer Randy Pennell reports on how the Phillies project Jenkins’ role;

“He can play right or left field and will give Charlie lineup options on an everyday basis,” general manager Pat Gillick said, referring to manager Charlie Manuel.

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick adds;

By signing Jenkins, the Phillies are now committing to Shane Victorino as their regular center fielder.

Also signed was veteran righthanded pitcher Chad Durbin, who finished 8-7 with a 4.72 ERA in both starter and relief rolls for the Detroit Tigers last season.   He started 19 games, had 17 relief appearances recording his one career save.

AP’s Randy Pennell reports;

In eight major league seasons, Durbin is 25-37 with a 5.75 ERA in 114 games.

With brother J.D. Durbin already on the roster from last season, the team now has a corner, a monopoly on all of the Durbins in MLB.

Phillies Nation’s Tim Malcolm reports that there are already pundits penciling in this Durbin as the Phils’ No. 5 starter.  Heaven help us all!

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