January 4 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“There is little left to happen in the 41 days before Phillies pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater. Any day now, J.C. Romero will take his physical in Philadelphia to complete a one-year contract. Another bench player may or may not be added before spring training.
Just about the only (mild) drama remaining is the case of Chad Durbin. The righthander, one of Charlie Manuel’s dependable arms for the past three seasons, is still a free agent.
Much remains the same with Durbin. A baseball source said the Phillies have made a formal offer and Durbin’s side countered with a new one. Negotiations are ongoing with the Phillies and several other teams interested in the pitcher.”
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