Dodgers News: Longtime Los Angeles Pitcher Chad Billingsley Signs With Phillies

The longest-tenured player in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization is now officially a ex-Dodger, as right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley has signed a one-year, $1.5 million guaranteed contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Because of recurrent elbow problems, Billingsley pitched just twice in 2013 and was completely sidelined for the 2014 season. He officially became a free agent this winter when the Dodgers paid him a $3-million buyout instead of exercising his $14-million option for the 2015 campaign.

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Billingsley was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2003, breaking into the major leagues just three years later at the young age of 20.

The now 30-year-old started strong in his first four seasons, culminating in his lone All-Star appearance back in 2009. He mostly treaded water for the next three years before suffering through injuries in the last two seasons. The Phillies, however, appear to be banking on a return to form come Spring Training just under a month from now.

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