Waive Goodbye to Real Deal

The Phillies have placed pitcher JD Durbin on waivers.  The self-proclaimed "Real Deal", has been nothing but a disappointment in his short time with the Phillies.  Okay, he did have two strong outings on the West Coast least year, but aside from that no lead was safe when Durbin took the mound.

This has been a long time coming, and frankly I’m a bit relieved.  Given the recent cuts (Travis Blackley, Vic Darrensbourg, Gary Knott), it appeared that Durbin actually might break camp with the Phillies.

Odds are Durbin will clear waivers and begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but what does this pose for the bullpen?  With Durbin out and Lidge on the disabled list the Phillies have ten pitchers on their roster.  At minimum, the pitching staff will eleven to start the year, so expect an acquisition in the next day of two.

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