Braves sign Durbin for final bullpen spot – updated

The Braves signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract Tuesday, believed to be around $900,000, to round out their bullpen with a veteran right-hander. They re-assigned left-hander Yohan Flande to the minors.

Durbin, 34, was released by the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, losing out in a three-way battle for a bullpen spot against two pitchers who were already on the Nationals’ 40-man roster. Durbin wasn’t. But he had a 2.35 ERA in 10 games this spring, allowing 21 hits in 15 1/3 innings but only four earned runs. He walked three and struck out 15.

Durbin will join the Braves in New York on Wednesday, in preparation for their season-opener against the Mets on Thursday.

“We felt like he was a great fit to fit in our bullpen,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He’ll add depth to our middle relief. He’s pitched in that role and knows the league, knows the division. We thought he was the perfect guy to add to our bullpen.”

The Braves know the 12-year veteran well from the three years he spent with the Phillies in 2008-2010, and they can appreciate having another reliever with the experience he does. Flande, 26, has never pitched at the major league level.

“We need some guys down there that can take the load off the other guys and have some experience where when somebody comes in the game, we know they’re going to finish that inning no matter what happens,” catcher David Ross said. “…Young guys may be looking in the dugout. We’ve got a lot of good young pitchers in camp, a lot of good talent, but you can always use experience.”

Said Chipper Jones: “I always thought he was a tough at-bat. He’s able to sink the ball and cut the ball on both sides of the plate, which is always a good thing. A lot of experience, a lot of guile out there on the mound, and a guy that will give us some productive innings.”

141 comments Add your comment

skip

April 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

love the move… he has tormented us for years!

pig balls

April 3rd, 2012
5:11 pm

Jim

April 3rd, 2012
5:12 pm

Braves have no idea what they are doing. Durbin is dreadful.

JT

April 3rd, 2012
5:13 pm

The Braves absolutely cannot help themselves. They MUST sign a washed up “veteran” reliever every single offseason. I thought this would be the ONE year that they wouldn’t do it. Flande had a 0.73 spring ERA but I guess that wasn’t quite good enough. Didn’t we have enough of this “veteran presence” nonsense with Scott Proctor and Linebrink last year??????

Durbin Smurbin, Franks On Crack

April 3rd, 2012
5:16 pm

Lifetime ERA over 5 and a losing record.

But he’s a great fit for the pen!

Frank is like a kid going into a candy store. He throws 30 cents on the counter and asks, “What can I get for that?”

This organization is going South fast.

Biff pocoroba

April 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

I heard it was between Durbin and Gene Garber. Wren gets worse and worse each week.

mpimentel

April 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

it appears that have livan in the bullpen wasn’t enought to raise the medicrity in the club…gezzzz, I’m almost think that frank hates the team

Felix

April 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Durbin? Huh? Durbin? Another FW classic. In a race to the bottom, FW justs keeps lowering the bar.
And he probably overpaid for this dud.

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Are pen was fine without this move. Why?

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Durbin had one good year, 2008 w/ Phillies. Even then he had a relatively high 1.32 WHIP. Plus he’s a righty, I thought we needed a lefty, hence the reason keeping Flande. I don’t understand this move at all. Why do we need a veteran? Medlen is a veteran, Livan is a veteran (WS MVP as well).

grandpa p

April 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

WTF? This dude is done. Need to try harder Frank

mitchgt

April 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Poor Yohan Flande — pretty brutal to make the club one day and be reassigned the next.

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 3rd, 2012
5:32 pm

Check Chad Durbin’s career splits. good to know that he gives up more hits than innings pitched every month of his career. Alex Gonzalez, Scott Linebrick,Kyle Farnsworth, Rick Ankiel, Jack Wilson, Ryan Church, Loaf Anderson. Julio Lugo, Greg Norton, Joe Mather, Chris Resop, Scott Proctor, Jesse Chavez. Tired of these washed pieces of garbage. Wren has quite the appetite for these cheapo types. Guess he has no choice when he’s wasted millions on kk, lowe, and mccout

gotigers72

April 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

Durbin over my mother? Are you kidding me? Mom’s in her 80s, but still has better stuff than Durbin. 21 hits in 15 innings. Pathetic. When will the Braves give up their “need” to sign two [at least] ragarms toward the end of ST? Cory Gearrin and Flande both had bad outings toward the end of ST, but there is no way that they are not better bullpen options than Livan and Durbin. Seerms like Wren is intent to value experience over stuff.

Mom’s available when you need another ragarm Frank. Yes, she is a ragarm, but what do you expect from an 80+ year old?

MikeY

April 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

How is this better than keeping Pedro Asencio?

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

I get it, he played for the Phillies. And they always beat us. He MUST be awesome!

It's not so bad

April 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

I’m with mitchgt on this one. That’s a tough break for Flande. For all the naysayers, there is always the chance that Flande still get a spot if Durbin proves to be a mess. And those who insist Durbin is washed-up, he is younger than Hudson. Let it play out.

Farnsworthy

April 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

In another move to strengthen the team, Frank Wren just announced the signing of Jose Canseco.

TOMY FOURNIER

April 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

same…always is the same…putting trash and more trash in the same basket..why this man????(DURBIN)

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:40 pm

I would’ve rather given Flande the chance. He earned it. But then again, so did Parraz and Durango, but that’s another story.

I don't get it

April 3rd, 2012
5:40 pm

I saw Flande a number of times and was quite impressed.

I guess we gotta have a bunch of old guys hanging around like when Bobby was here.

Nothing has changed.

Frank Wren

April 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

Corky Miller and Greg Norton will be rejoining the Braves in New York on Thursday.

David Ross and Eric Hinske have been placed on waivers.

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:43 pm

In one of my posts further up this list I used the word “are” when I meant “our”. That’s just embarrassing, I had to correct myself.

phoenix

April 3rd, 2012
5:43 pm

Corky Miller: get loose.

Moylan Prado

April 3rd, 2012
5:44 pm

I’m awaiting the return of Scott Thorman.

Jeff R

April 3rd, 2012
5:46 pm

Durbin’s filler, IMO. His ‘08 season seems to be his career high point.

Tampa Gator

April 3rd, 2012
5:48 pm

This will be someone they bring in when the Braves are down 7 to 4 to pitch the 6th, 7th and/or 8th innings and save the arms of the three horses in the pen. He can also pitch on multiple days to give the pen rest. I can understand the reasoning, but I was looking forward to seeing Flande pitch against some tough lefties and give O’F some rest on occasions. NOT NOW.

clint

April 3rd, 2012
5:49 pm

My God, Frank.

TG

April 3rd, 2012
5:50 pm

I wish I could like posts because two of these are gems and sum up this situation so well. I have to re-paste, sorry to plagiarize … so true
Check Chad Durbin’s career splits. good to know that he gives up more hits than innings pitched every month of his career. Alex Gonzalez, Scott Linebrick,Kyle Farnsworth, Rick Ankiel, Jack Wilson, Ryan Church, Loaf Anderson. Julio Lugo, Greg Norton, Joe Mather, Chris Resop, Scott Proctor, Jesse Chavez. Tired of these washed pieces of garbage. Wren has quite the appetite for these cheapo types. Guess he has no choice when he’s wasted millions on kk, lowe, and mccout

Tampa Gator

April 3rd, 2012
5:50 pm

Scott “Corkscrew” Thornton……..now he brings back some bad memories! I still wonder how he got a call to the ’show’…..never got that one.

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 3rd, 2012
5:54 pm

TG, haha handshake my man. I’d obviously much rather see a high upside, young minor league guy than washed up, more expensive wastes on the roster.

Senator Blutarski

April 3rd, 2012
5:55 pm

It really would be good, as this move shows, to add even more of a veteran presence to fill out the roster…sign Greg Norton and Rowland Office now!

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 3rd, 2012
5:56 pm

Keep scott linebrick and other alikes away from the team. might teach others how to blow games again.

bvillebaron

April 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

That’s right guys, the apocalpse will happen tomorrow because Wren signed Durbin and sent Flande to the minors and traded JJ. Hoover for Juan Francisco to fill out the final rosters spots in the past several days. I admit the Durbin deal was a little surprising and it is a bad break for Flande, but you guys act like Flande is the second coming of Mo Rivera just like many of you felt Constanza was the second coming of Rickey Henderson last year.

According to the stats I saw, Flande turned 26 in Janaury and has pitched exactly zero innings in the major leagues to date. Durbin has had some success in the bigs in the past. Flande will be pitching in Gwinnett which is a short drive from Turner Field and can quickly be called up if Durbin fails. Wren also didn’t spend a fortune on Durbin.

Hoover is also a nice prospect, but was blocked by other better prospects and his ceiling might have been a middle reliever in Atlanta. Francisco may very well prove to be a bust, but he was also blocked by other players in Cincinnati and has .284 BA in 81 games in the bigs and shown power potential at a position of weakness for the Braves and is still only 24 years old. Seems to me like the Hoover/Francisco trade in particular was a shrewd one by Wren.

Tom

April 3rd, 2012
5:58 pm

if you look at durbins numbers he’s been alot better in the NL stats wise.

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

Fumbling Frank strikes again! Can we trade for a new GM?

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

Fumbling Frank strikes again! Can we trade for a new GM?

cornjolio

April 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

bville,

“According to the stats I saw, Flande turned 26 in Janaury and has pitched exactly zero innings in the major leagues to date. Durbin has had some success in the bigs in the past”

Give me a kid with some upside over an old hasbeen any day of the week !

Gene Garber & Rick Camp had some success in the past also. Lets bring them back !

The Hoover trade strengthens the Reds’ bullpen and will put them in the post-season.

Brilliant !

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Sorry for the double post.

ira farmer

April 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Worst move ever by newspapers, allowing anyone to comment on factual news stories. I ban myself from even looking anymore. Does this really get more viewers for the newspapers?

Reality

April 3rd, 2012
6:03 pm

With washouts like Livan & Durbin added in recent days, when will Medlen get to pitch ?

What in the hades does this guy have to do get a shot ?

Medlen, demand a trade !

ira farmer

April 3rd, 2012
6:03 pm

Wait! Am I first?

Chipper Jones

April 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

At least you guys have me on the DL to start the year, which is likely where I will be to end the year also.

jonathan Simeone

April 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

If he’s so perfect why didn’t they sign him to a major league deal over the winter. Durbin has nothing left. This is a terrible move. Hernandez was a good move because he pitched better than Durbin last year and threw many more innings. I think Hernandez will be even better only facing hitters once. Durbin is just a bad pitcher.

Braves Fan in Maine

April 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

Still waiting for Frank Wren to make that big splash and get a decent hitting outfielder…. I mean with all this loose change he is throwing around cant he just put it all together and get a guy like vlad at least its what we kinda need not more crappy pitchers……. really loosing hope for this gm he stinks,,,,,

Matt

April 3rd, 2012
6:07 pm

Wow, I absolutely do not understand this team anymore. I agree with the above comments lambasting the fact that we’ve just signed another washed-up veteran simply because he’s a veteran. I guess the Braves care nothing about who actually earned the spot. If I were Yohan Flande, I’d be asking for a trade right about now. What utter BS to tell the guy he made the team one day, and then the next day tell him, “Nevermind, we just signed somebody to fill your spot.” What crap.

Braves Fan in Maine

April 3rd, 2012
6:10 pm

this team is frigging frustrating ugh……. FIRE DREDDI oops FREDDI AND WREN THEY SUCK

Nostradamus

April 3rd, 2012
6:13 pm

I see hot July night in Atlanta with Frank Wren on his cell phone, listening to offers from contenders for players named Bourn and Hudson …

I see Fredi Gonzalez putting his Marietta home on the market as job in Atlanta nears its end …

Rafael

April 3rd, 2012
6:15 pm

Just when we thought we’d NEVER have to watch another Scott Proctor, Scott Linebrink, or Derek “Kawakami” Lowe, Wren signs another BUM named Chad Durbin.

Durbin is a CLONE of Proctor and Linebrink… we might as well “underhand” the ball to the opposing hitters…. POWDER RIVER!!!!!!

Diaz, Livian, and now Durbin… GREAT offseason work Wren. These 3 will definitely bring us the World Series Title.

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:16 pm

Frank Wren, GM of the year!

JNick

April 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

WTF is wrong with this organization? Wasn’t Scott Proctor available? It’s almost like they’re TRYING to lose…

Paddy

April 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

Matt…..A guy makes the team in ST and then gets sent down, what is so new about that kind of move? Would you feel better if he was on the roster opening day and sent down the next day. Its baseball! You make it sound like the Braves are the only team to make changes at the end of camp.

JNick

April 3rd, 2012
6:19 pm

@Nostradamus, Hudson is a 10-5 player, he’ll never agree to any trade…

Hugo

April 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

Stop with all the hating the moves. AARP is just around the corner.

Bama Mike

April 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

Incredible move! Now with Jack Wilson coming back and Pastristinky at short with our non hitting corner outfield we should break all kinds of attendance records this year

o-my

April 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

48 comments and 42 against the deal for Durbin. Good ole Wren really knows how to put a team together..lol!

Bama Mike

April 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

Frank is making these tough decisions now so we can draft his vastly over-rated son from Tech.

o-my

April 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

AARP is a joke. Making Millions off new Heathcare deal…you know the name —–care. .Stick to BB

T-Ball

April 3rd, 2012
6:26 pm

Leo Foster is available for shortshop duty – Marty Perez can back him up! That might date a little too far back..

Beach Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

So the Braves are now relegated to taking the National’s cast offs — used to be the other way around — what’s happening???

argh

April 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

@ira farmer

It’s a blog!

95RelivingEveryDay

April 3rd, 2012
6:30 pm

Was George Sherrill not available??

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:30 pm

Fumbling Frank must have a shrewd eye for talent. He is able to sign or trade for other team’s castoffs. How do we get a new GM?

Carroll Rogers

April 3rd, 2012
6:34 pm

just added this into my blog…and it’s probably already out there because little gets past you guys….but Brian McCann will become a father in 2012 as well. his wife Ashley is expecting their first child, a son they’ll call Colt McCann, due on July 21….

Leave it to me for the hard-hitting stuff. But I know McFann will appreciate.

bvillebaron

April 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

cornjoilio:

Perhaps you consider a 26 year old to be a “kid and a legitimate prospect”, but I think you would be in a distinct minority. Apparently, this “upside” you see in Flande is (1) only apparent to you; and/or (2) is based on his performance in meaningless spring training games this year since he has never appeared on any list of the Braves’ top propsects to my knowledge.

Your comment that Hoover will strenfthen the Reds’ bullpen and put them in the playoffs is hilarious–I think he needs to make their 25 man roster first.

Steve

April 3rd, 2012
6:40 pm

Hey Frank, I’m having yard-sale Saturday. Great bargains!

bulldogbubba

April 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

Congratulations to Big Mac “Daddy”!! Welcome to the “Show” Carroll. GO BRAVES!

DA Voice

April 3rd, 2012
6:51 pm

If you have ever suspected that so many of these “anti-wren and anti- gonz” rants were from the same person….your suspicions were correct. There are ways of determining. Hopefully there motivations are for humorous purposes only.

birddawgbill

April 3rd, 2012
6:59 pm

Seems to me a lot of people think you build a major league team like a fantasy team. It doesn’t work like that. Diaz hits lefties well. Someone like that is needed on the bench. Or else other teams can just bring in a lefty against this lineup without worry. And yes you need guys like Durbin I’m the pen or would you rather waste one of the prime pen arms in a blowout. It seems like all most of you do is complain. I use to enjoy these boots when it was real Braves fans on here. And no I don’t consider anyone who complains about everything they do a true fan. If all you can see is negatives then why post. As I said the other day. I suffered through the 70s and 80s. And what I see as a lifetime fan of baseball is well structured ball club. Not perfect but pretty darn good for the money.

birddawgbill

April 3rd, 2012
7:04 pm

I meant blog not boots. I hate this spell thing on this phone.

John Leonard

April 3rd, 2012
7:12 pm

phil

April 3rd, 2012
7:14 pm

Colt?

That poor kid….

Meanwhile, Durbin? Need a nickname for this bum….

Tony C.

April 3rd, 2012
7:15 pm

Braves Fan In Maine-c’mon man, stop daydreaming….Vlad is my favorite player from the Dominican, but his days as an effective National League outfielder are 10years gone by….

Jack Wilson

April 3rd, 2012
7:17 pm

Guys, what about me? You’re still stoked about my resigning right? Guys?

Ralph

April 3rd, 2012
7:23 pm

Wren Dumpster digging again.

extremus

April 3rd, 2012
7:35 pm

Oh, so THAT explains the hugs in the dugout the past year or so (for a long time hyenas were considered to be hermaphroditic. I won’t explain that here but you can look it up).

And hyenas, while typically grouped in packs, are more scavengers that prey on carrion or weak/dying animals than they are predators of strong, healthy beasts. Not exactly a compliment from my angle, Freddi, especially when allegorizing the personality of your baseball team.

extremus

April 3rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Sorry, I meant that last post for Mr. Bradley’s column.

NewYork1

April 3rd, 2012
7:38 pm

He’s a good dude but it was a bad move by our Braves,with all the luck we have had with young pitchers another lefty would’ve been nice.

cowdogit

April 3rd, 2012
7:53 pm

Well Roger McDowell has pretty much destroyed the braves pitching staff. I guess the way the braves are acting, the pitching coach has nothing to do with nothing!!!

matt

April 3rd, 2012
7:55 pm

Guys we didn’t trade the farm its a harmless move yall care so much show up to the games! Yall act like you could do a better job running the franchise its pathetic how negative everyone is

longtimefan

April 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Wren could have signed Matt Cain and most of you fans would have an immediate negative knee jerk response.

David

April 3rd, 2012
8:01 pm

I hate ignorant people who complain about other people’s job performance when they haven’t even the slightest clue how to do it. Yall wanna GM then send in your application and fail miserably? Wren sucks? Yeah a guy who helps draft some of the best young players in the game really sucks. You complainers are not true Braves fans and have not the slightest clue how the game runs. A veteran RH over an inexperienced player with ZERO major league experience is not the end of the world get a grip

DJ

April 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

I really like Durbin, glad we signed him. But it still seems kinda sad that we just signed a player that was released by the Nationals.

Dwayne

April 3rd, 2012
8:17 pm

Before you comment on a new player,do your research first,Durbin is a good fit for the bullpen! A veteran will succeed over a rookie and Frank Stem knows what he’s doing!

Thos

April 3rd, 2012
8:40 pm

Why don’t you folks just can it already & go sit your sorry butts in turner field’s bleacher seats to help “your” team generate some decent revenue; instead of sitting in front of a computer screen raving like mad about every insignificant roster adjustment!?!

Get real people & look around. Be thankful the franchise has the management that it does. We could be dumps like Oakland or Chicago(s) or Pittsburg or Baltimore or Houston or Cleveland or San Diego… Shut up, relax & try to enjoy the PAST TIME of baseball for once.

JNick

April 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

Yeah, Dwayne, vets always succeed over rookies – see: Linebrink over Kimbrel last year….wait….

Dawgdad (The Original)

April 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

Jim Kerosene Clancy must not have been available.

Braves Fan Since 1966

April 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

Not very impressed with the Durbin or Hernandez move. What happened to all of the talent we had in spring training? Seems like we have been here before.

Tip O' the Cap

April 3rd, 2012
9:17 pm

Wow. Really interesting move. It’s kinda like how Bobby used to always hang on to Dan Kolb. That guy drove me crazy! Maybe Frank just keeps pulling the slot machine handle waiting for the cherries to come up on all these released guys. Is it possible that this is the year? I’m afraid I am doubting it more and more each passing day.

Farnsworthy

April 3rd, 2012
9:36 pm

It’s over.

fordcobra

April 3rd, 2012
9:39 pm

come on guys Durbin had a good spring give the guy a chance.

Coach

April 3rd, 2012
9:42 pm

You would have thought that they would give Flande a shot seeing as he earned it. They could have pocketed the money that they signed Durbin for and applied it towards a trade near the deadline (if needed). I’d be pissed too if I was told one day that my childhood dream has come true, and the next minute, have it yanked away. Kinda bush league if you ask me. The Hernandez signing, ok, I can understand, but this?? Durbin?? He is like Linebrink’s twin brother. He was good a few years back, and now he is on the decline and oh, boy! He’s available! I’m breaking out the Tequilla, anybody wanna join me??

Ralph

April 3rd, 2012
9:45 pm

Thank god for the Astros and rain outs!

bustersonly

April 3rd, 2012
9:48 pm

Coach

Braves gotta have a Linebrink or Proctor, or Norton every year.

Bob the Blogger

April 3rd, 2012
10:38 pm

This guy has a career ERA of 5.10 over 12 seasons, including a 5.53 ERA last year. Every year but two, his ERA was worse than average. He does eat up some innings, but that’s about it.

Lowcountry Brave

April 3rd, 2012
10:48 pm

Word on the street is FW just picked up Darryl Strawberry at the bus station. So everybody can relax, it looks like all our problems are solved.

Jay Dubu

April 3rd, 2012
11:10 pm

Did the Braves not learn anything from Linebrink & Sherrill last season? Those two, in conjunction with Proctor was the reason that Fredi pitche Venters, O’Flat, and Kimbrel so much.

The others could not be trusted in close games. So now they have 4 young arms to wear out in by the All-Sta break by keeping Medlen in the pen.

Aaron

April 3rd, 2012
11:31 pm

I was wondering how long it would take for the Braves to waste money on some bum veteran retread.

With the plethora of pitching this organization has, why do they insist on picking up washed-up dead arms off the waiver wire?

Joseph Durbin

April 4th, 2012
1:12 am

As usual every team has the a-hole player wannabe fans who have no idea what they are talking about, but manage to spit up great piles of crap in written form. Durbin will be a great asset to this team and the idiot fans who hate him will eat their words.

Mike Mangan

April 4th, 2012
1:47 am

Makin the right moves?Has Frank Wren ever made a full season of good moves No! .To use a DOB musical note The doo wop band The WRENs became The Robins and Then The Coasters.Maybe Frank WREN is still for the Birds from his Oriole days(not to mention Sonny Til & The Orioles “Cryin In The Chapel”),Maybe he should pick up the papers and the Trash(Yakety Yak)reference and head to the west coast with The Coasters,Since Stan Kasten of the now Dodger group is trying to lure Tony LaRussa to their front office.We should let the WREN fly bring in LaRussa who would also be really good insurance should we all watch Fredi fail and we all would start singing Freddies Dead(Curtis Mayfield)and bring another of the Bretheren of The Braves alumni Tony LaRussa to our front office..DOB all the reference to the beach music groups has a reason behind it. FINALLY Braves Baseball can be heard in Myrtle Beach on one of The Cumulus stations.Lett’s win some games and get rid of Frank W and the clowns and BoZo;s he is bringing to the circus.Break out a Chairmen of the Board song and let General Johnson and his group let the Front Office” Pay To The Piper” !!!

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