Chad Durbin never wanted to leave the Phillies in the first place.
The versatile right-hander who won a World Series with the Phils in 2008 and finished 36 games for them over three seasons hit free agency after the 2010 season, and the Phillies didn't have the strong interest or ability to re-sign him after spending $120 million on Cliff Lee and $5.5 million on Jose Contreras.
Oddly enough, it took Durbin until March 1 that offseason to find a contract with the Cleveland Indians. But after a shaky year in the AL and a resurgent one in Atlanta, Durbin is back in the clubhouse that feels like home.
"Since 2011 we wanted to come back," Durbin said Tuesday, after being added to the Phillies' 40-man roster in place of J.C. Ramirez, who was designated for assignment. "It didn't work out ... but this year it managed to.
"I like playing here. I like the way the organization treats its players and people. I like the way it feels [at Citizens Bank Park]. And just a bunch of good guys in the clubhouse. A lot of teams were interested. We kind of had in the back of our mind we wanted to be here. And as soon as [GM] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] and [assistant GM] Scott Proefrock made it work out, it moved pretty quickly once we decided."
After two-year odyssey, Durbin a Phillie again
CSN Philly | Jan 30