Chad Billingsley is now officially a former Dodger, as the Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday they signed the 30-year-old right-hander to a one-year contract guaranteed for $1.5 million.
Because of elbow problems, Billingsley pitched only twice in 2013 and not at all last year. He became a free agent this winter when the Dodgers paid him a $3-million buyout rather than exercise his $14-million option for the upcoming season.
Billingsley was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2003 and broke into the major leagues only three years later at the age of 20.
He showed great promise early in his career, as he was 35-19 with a 3.33 earned-run average over his first three...