According to a well-informed source for ESPNdeportes, reliever Jose Contreras is ready to re-up with the Phillies for two more years.
The soon-to-be 39-year-old free agent would reportedly receive an incentive-laden deal worth $5 million over two years with a third-year option. The right-hander appeared in 64 games last season (56 2-3 innings) and posted a 3.34 ERA, four saves and a very strong 57/16 K/BB ratio, neutralizing both righties and lefties with a good, hard splitter. He was also sharp in the postseason, tossing four scoreless innings. ESPNdeportes first broke the Contreras signing last offseason.
Beerleaguer: Given a choice between Durbin's versatility and younger age and Contreras' ability to miss bats and pitch to both righties and lefties, I'd take Contreras, whose stuff shows exceedingly well in the bullpen. Then I'd try to get creative with finding the next Durbin. Contreras is a great fit, and with Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge ahead of him, he won't be asked to do too much.Update: It's official. Contreras in the fold for another two years, $5.5 million after reaching an agreement with the club, according to Todd Zolecki.