Pat Gillick has to be getting desperate now. It seems every day, we see a new waiver claim. I guess on one hand, it’s positive, because he’s still trying to fix our shaky bullpen, but on the other hand, how likely is it that a guy plucked off waivers is going to save our fledging pen? Well, JD Durbin is the latest name to enter the mix, as the Phillies claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox. Durbin, who’d been in the Minnesota system his entire 6 year career prior to 2007, has had some success, notably in 2006 at AAA Rochester, where he posted a 2.33 ERA in 16 starts. He has solid K numbers, as seen in his career 8.18 K/9 rate in the minors, but of course, there’s always a catch, that comes in the walk rate, which has been downright ugly since 2004, as he’s walked 145 guys in 300 innings….not a good ratio. Durbin used to touch 100 MPH with his fastball, but clearly he didn’t always know where it was going. He was ranked the Twins 10th best prospect in the 2007 Baseball America handbook, with his velocity (still mid 90’s) and his power curveball as assets. Over the last three seasons, he’s missed time, largely due to a partially torn labrum in 2004, but he appears to be healthy. If the Phillies are planning to use him in relief exclusively, I guess it can’t hurt. But who goes? As far as I can tell, no one in the current bullpen has options remaining. Do they try to pass Condrey through waivers? Is a trade in the works? We’ll see.