The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to terms with starting pitcher Chad Billingsley on a one-year, $1.5 million deal according to multiple reports. He can earn up to $6.5 million dollars on incentives.
Billingsley is coming off of two missed seasons due to Tommy John surgery and an operation on a flexor tendon but pitched well for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, going 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA over 149.2 innings pitched.
Philadelphia’s rotation has been considered to be among the worst in the league – after Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, David Buchanan and Jerome Williams are the current members of the back end of the rotation. Last season, they combined for a 4.00 ERA. Buchanan is straight out of AAA, while Harang and Williams are both seasoned veterans.
Billingsley will provide desperately needed help or injury protection, depending on how Philadelphia chooses to use him. In most rotations, he would barely qualify for the fifth starter. However, he now possesses the talent to be the number 3 starter in Philly.
Over his 8-year career, Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA over 1175.1 IP.