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February 20. 2013 3:58AM
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According to multiple reports, the Phillies have agreed to one-year deal (pending a physical) with a club option for 2014 with Chad Durbin.

Jerry Crasnick from ESPN.com is reporting that the deal is worth $1.1 million with $350,000 in incentives.

Durbin was a key figure during the Phillies' recent glory years. From 2008-2010 when the Phillies won a World Series, two pennant and three NL East crowns, the right-hander was 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA. In 226.0 IP (194 games), he struck out 188 and walked 109.

After a rough season with Cleveland in 2011, Durbin bounced back and pitched very well for Atlanta in 2012 when he was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA. He made a career-high 76 appearances, striking out 49 and giving up 28 walks. He allowed just 52 hits.

His career against NL East foes is even better. In 144.0 IP, he's given up only 44 earned runs for a 2.75 ERA.

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Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies, which includes an invitation to major league spring training, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced.

Betancourt, 30, hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games with the Kansas City Royals last season. Defensively, he appeared in 46 games at second base, eight at third base and one at shortstop. Following the regular season, Betancourt played for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League, where he batted .308 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games.

Betancourt has hit .266 with 203 doubles, 28 triples, 67 home runs and 411 RBIs in 1,019 career games between the Seattle Mariners (2005-09), Royals (2009-10, 2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2011).

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