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Atlanta Braves Sign Reliever Chad Durbin

April 4th, 2012 at 4:22 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves put the finishing touches on their Opening Day bullpen on Tuesday, signing Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

The Washington Nationals cut Durbin after he compiled a 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this Spring. He was 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 56 games with the Cleveland Indians last season.

"I always thought he was a tough at-bat," Chipper Jones said on braves.com. "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 can give us some productive innings."

The Braves reassigned Yohan Flande to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a spot for Durbin. Flande went 2-0 with a 0.83 ERA during Spring Training.

Durbin was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1996 draft. In 364 games, he owns a 38-46 record with four saves and a 5.10 ERA in 12 Major League seasons. He has played for the Royals, Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies in his big league tenure.

"Flande had a very good spring and we felt very good with him on the team, but Durbin gives us an experienced guy that knows that role very well and had a very good spring," Frank Wren said. "We watched him a number of times this spring, and we were happy with what we saw."

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