The Phillies bullpen is looking pretty empty these days, but one big step was taken to keep one of the more effective arms in Philadelphia. Jose Contreras agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal that will keep him in Philly through the 2012 season. Contreras was a very pleasant surprise out of the pen in 2010, posting a 3.34 ERA in 67 appearances and averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings.
November 16, 2010
Charlie Manuel admitted that he wanted to "stay away from" Brad Lidge in Monday night's win over Colorado. It turns out that Lidge was again battling stiffness in his elbow and was unavailable. There are some closer options potential available to the Phillies should Lidge break down and one of them could be Jose Contreras.
May 11, 2010
The Phillies have talked about finding a pitcher who could possibly work as a starter or reliever. John Smoltz was one option, but not the one the Phillies decided to go with. Instead, Jose Contreras will get a shot at joining the Phillies pitching staff.
January 22, 2010
The Rockies made a move to bolster their pitching staff for the playoff run on Tuesday, picking up veteran right-hander Jose Contreras from the Chicago White Sox. Contreras, who has made 12 post-season appearances, could start for Colorado on Saturday.
September 1, 2009
With only 60 games left on the docket, around half of the majors' 30 teams are in striking distance in their respective division. Granted, this total includes nearly every club from the National League West, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for the division lead despite sub-.500 records. So, which teams are legitimate contenders?
July 21, 2008