CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians may have filled one of their bullpen openings.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the club is close to signing free agent reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. Durbin will report to the team's training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., for a physical Sunday.
The person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be finalized until Durbin takes a physical.
ESPN.com reported Durbin has agreed to a $800,000 deal and can make another $1 million in incentives.
The Indians were one of several teams interested in the 33-year-old right-hander, who spent the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 64 games as a key contributor last season for the NL East champions.
Durbin, who began his career as a starter, previously pitched for the Indians in 2003 and 2004.
Cleveland manager Manny Acta is confident his bullpen will be one of his team's strengths this season, and Durbin could make it even better. As long as he passes his physical, Durbin will likely move into a setup role for closer Chris Perez, who emerged as one of the AL's best last season after assuming the job when Kerry Wood was traded.