Phillies announce Contreras signing

The Phillies have announced the signing of pitcher Jose Contreras, as expected, after Contreras passed a physical.

The deal is for 1-year and worth $1.5 million.

Earlier this week, manager Charlie Manuel said Contreras would start spring training with the starters but would likely be used in the bullpen.

Contreras, 38, went a combined 6-13 with a 4.92 ERA in 28 games (23 starts) last year between the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies. With the Rockies, he went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven appearances (two starts) and had 17 strikeouts in 17.0 innings. 

“Jose is a versatile pitcher who will likely get stretched out in spring training as a starter, but our scouts feel he is best suited for a significant role in the bullpen,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “His competitiveness and durability are pluses and what he showed in his brief stint as a reliever in Colorado gives us reason to believe that he makes our pitching staff stronger.”

A native of Cuba, Contreras was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2003. He has a career record of 71-63 with a 4.61 ERA in 191 games (175 starts) for the Yankees (2003-04), White Sox (2004-09) and Rockies (2009). In 16 career relief appearances, he is 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA.

He will meet with the media later this afternoon.