Phillies sign Jenkings, Durbin

Thursday, December 20, 2007 ·

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Geoff Jenkins for 2 years/$13 million and pitcher Chad Durbin to a one year deal, terms not disclosed.

I like the moves, they're not bad. Jenkins is an above-average fielder who has some power. His biggest problem is his strike-out total, which could lead to more low-scoring games when our line-up slumps as a whole. Jenkins will likely platoon with Jayson Werth and Pat Burrell against right-handed pitching. Jenkins has hit 20 home runs in 7 of his 9 full season and based on our park factors, those numbers should continue if not increase.

The Phillies really needed to add a consistent right-handed bat, but no one is out there.

In signing Chad Durbin, the Phillies added a back of the rotation guy who could also appear in relief. Not a bad move as he has likely came cheap. I feel they still need to drastically add a third starter, but the market is so weak.

The Phillies are out of the running for starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who will likely sign with the New York Mets. The signing of Jenkins has eliminated the Phillies from signing Mike Cameron as well.

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