The Phillies have come to contract agreements with free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins and free agent righthander Chad Durbin, baseball sources said today.
The Phillies have pursued Jenkins because he hits lefthanded and can play the corner outfield positions. He also hits for power, which would help lessen the blow of losing Aaron Rowand to San Francisco. ESPN.com reports that Jenkins is believed to have agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with an option that could increase the value to three years and $20 million.
Jenkins hit .255 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs last season and has hit .277 with 212 home runs and 704 RBIs in his 10-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Durbin could compete for a job in the rotation or bullpen. He made 19 starts and 17 relief appearances last season for the Detroit Tigers. He went 6-7 with a 4.88 ERA as a starter, and 2-0 with a 4.18 ERA as a relief pitcher. In his eight-year career with Kansas City, Cleveland, Arizona and Detroit, Durbin is 25-37 with a 5.75 ERA.