Former Dodger Chad Billingsley Signs With Phillies

Chad Billingsley
There are certain players that stick around with an organization long enough that their departure seems like saying goodbye to a long-time friend.

This offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers said goodbye to outfielder Matt Kemp, who was drafted in 2003 by the team. At the end of the day, baseball is a business and with free agency being a high-dollar bidding war, it’s tough for a player to remain with one team throughout his career.

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, there is another former Dodger draftee from 2003 heading to another team:

Billingsley became a free agent after 2014, a season he missed due to injuries. He’s dealt with various injuries over the past few years, pitching in just two games since 2013.

His deal is a low-risk, major-league deal for the Phillies, and he could slot into their rotation:

After being drafted in the first round in 2003, Billingsley was one of the team’s top prospects until his debut in 2006. The right-hander joined the Dodgers rotation full-time in 2008, starting a streak of four seasons in which he started at least 30 games. His best year was 2008 when he started 32 games, went 16-10 and had a 3.14 ERA. The 30-year-old was an All-Star in 2009 and finished his Dodger tenure with 81 wins in eight seasons.

If Billingsley can get healthy, he will give the Phillies a solid arm in their rotation.

Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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