Phillies sign Chad Billingsley to one-year deal

The Phillies have signed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year contract.

Billingsley, 30, can push his deal to be worth as much as $8 million if he reaches performance incentives.

While dealing with elbow issues over the past two seasons the former Dodgers start has made just two starts. The Phillies will hope that Billingsley is healthy and can earn a spot in their rotation to start the season. Ideally he would pitch well and later become a trade candidate at mid-season.

In order to make room for Billingsley on their roste rthe Phillies let go of reliever Cesar Jimenez. A once top prospect of the Padres, Jimenez had a 2.73 ERA over the last two seasons but just a 19/17 K/BB ratio over 33 innings.

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