Phils think Contreras suited for bullpen

Jose Contreras speaks to the media in the Phillies Clubhouse Thursday afternoon. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

Given his preference Jose Contreras said he would rather start than be in the bullpen, but he said he is happy to be on a winning team, more than anything.

The Phillies, however, see him as a reliever, signing him to a low-risk, high-reward 1-year, $1.5 million contract that the Daily News' David Murphy has said should warrant an A++ for GM Ruben Amaro.

"He's pretty amenable to anything. He said he would pick up bats if he had to," Amaro said. "Our scouts feel he's best suited for the bullpen, but he definitely gives us some depth there [in the rotation].

"He's been pretty durable. No arm issues. He's a big horse."

Manager Charlie Manuel spoke earlier this week about the durability of both Contreras and Danys Baez, another newcomer to the bullpen.