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Durbin still in discussion

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Good morning from Day 3 of the winter meetings, and no, the Phillies have yet to sign anyone.

Durbin still in discussion

The Phillies met with Chad Durbin´s agent, Danny Horwits, on Tuesday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Phillies met with Chad Durbin's agent, Danny Horwits, on Tuesday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Good morning from Day 3 of the winter meetings, and no, the Phillies have yet to sign anyone.

Two baseball sources said the Phillies have told representatives of free-agent pitchers they could be willing to make some decisions before team officials leave Thursday at the conclusion of the meetings, but at this point, the Phillies are still evaluating their bullpen options.

So it goes.

One player the team could reach a resolution on is Chad Durbin. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he hasn't closed the door on anyone returning to the team, Durbin included.

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The Phillies met with Durbin's agent, Danny Horwits, on Tuesday. A source said the Phillies maintain interest but no terms had been discussed before Tuesday.

A similar pitcher to Durbin, righthander D.J. Carrasco, signed a two-year, $2.5 million deal with the Mets late Tuesday night. Carrasco turns 34 in April and had a 3.68 ERA with Pittsburgh and Arizona in 2010. He's a multiple-innings guy who was mostly used in the sixth and seventh innings of games -- like Durbin.

But Carrasco made $950,000 in 2010 and Durbin made $2.125 million, so it's a difficult comparison. The righthander is believed to be seeking a raise from that salary. That's where the two sides may not see eye-to-eye.

Manager Charlie Manuel talked Tuesday about needing depth in his bullpen, especially someone who could go more than one inning, ostensibly like what Durbin provided the Phillies.

"I feel like somewhere along the line we have to have some length," Manuel said. "I feel like [Danys] Baez is strictly a one inning guy. 

"At this time last year I was thinking Baez could go two innings, but I think this year we found out he's basically a one-inning guy. We could try to get a good, solid season out of him next year. So at the same time, we might need some length in our bullpen, especially if we lose Durbin."

Beyond Durbin, the Phillies had contact with the agent for lefthander Dennys Reyes, as reported in Wednesday's Inquirer, but there was no offer made, according to a source. There could be more discussions later Wednesday.

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