Phillies re-sign Contreras

Reliever Jose Contreras re-signed with the Phillies for two years. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

The Phillies re-signed one of their seven free agents Monday, agreeing to a two-year, $5.5 million deal with Jose Contreras.

The deal includes a third-year option for 2013 that is a club option. Contreras could earn more money through performance bonuses, too.

“Jose was as consistent a reliever as we had last year,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.  “We were pleasantly surprised by his durability since it was his first full year in a relief role.  Jose has fit in extremely well in our clubhouse and he is a quality, back-end of the bullpen pitcher who showed versatility in a variety of roles in 2010.  We’re pleased to have him on board for the next couple of years.”

Contreras turns 39 next month and turned into one of Charlie Manuel's most reliable bullpen options during his first season as a full-time reliever. He went 6-4 with four saves and a 3.34 ERA in 67 games in 2010. 

He averaged 9.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (57 SO/56.2 IP) and the saves were the first of his professional career.  In the postseason, Contreras went 1-0 with 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four batters.

Bullpen help is a need Amaro has identified as one of his priorities as the GM meetings begin Tuesday in Orlando.