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Phillies sign pitcher Chad Billingsley to one-year deal

Billingsley has pitched just 12 innings in the majors since 2012 following two procedures on his throwing elbow.

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The Phillies have signed former Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million and is cushioned with performance-based bonuses. Billingsley has pitched just 12 innings in the majors since 2012 due to slew of elbow injuries.

In 2013, Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery but encountered additional issues in the same elbow requiring another procedure. The second surgery was to repair a torn flexor tendon ending his 2014 season. Following the loss of Billingsley for two consecutive seasons, the Dodgers declined the option to bring back the veteran right-hander this offseason.

The 30-year-old will be joining a Phillies’ pitching staff that features Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and newcomer Aaron Harang. Billingsley can be expected to compete for a spot in the rotation but may be limited to the bullpen with his recent history of elbow trouble.

Billingsley spent eight seasons in Los Angeles and recorded over 1,000 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA in 1,175 innings pitched.