Victorino, Blanton Sign One-Year Deals

The Phillies continue to knock arbitration cases off of their docket as center fielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton both inked one-year deals with the Phillies. Plus, the Phillies exchanged arbitration figures with their three remaining eligible players.

Shane Victorino didn't get the multi-year deal that Greg Dobbs, Cole Hamels or Ryan Madson did, but he avoided arbitration with the Phillies by signing a one-year deal. The deal gives Victorino $3.125 million for 2009 after which he'll again be eligible for free agency.

Victorino was in the middle of a bench clearing brawl in the NLCS against the Dodgers last October when he was nearly hit in the head by a pitch. Earlier, he hit a grand slam off Milwaukee starter CC Sabathia in the NLDS, helping the Phillies advance to their matchup with the Dodgers.

The 2009 season was a solid one for Victorino, who set career highs in on-base percentage (.352) and home runs (14), while hitting .293 with the Phillies.

Shortly after announcing Victorino's contract, the Phillies announced that Joe Blanton had signed a one-year, $5.475 million deal.

Blanton was acquired from Oakland last season and pitched well for the Phillies down the stretch, helping them into the post-season. Blanton was 4-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 13 starts for the Phillies last season and 2-1, 3.18 in the post-season.

Coming into the winter, the Phillies had ten arbitration eligible players and have cut that down to three - Chad Durbin, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth.

He Wants, They Want

The official arbitration requests were exchanged on Tuesday, with Ryan Howard asking for $18 million from the arbitration process. For their part, the Phillies are offering $14 million to their slugging first baseman. Jayson Werth requested $4 million compared to the Phillies offer of $3 million and Chad Durbin and the Phillies are $600-thousand apart, with Durbin requesting $1.95 million and the Phillies offering $1.35 million.

Howard's request is the third highest in arbitration history, following Roger Clemens $22 million request in 2005 and Derek Jeter's $18.5 million request in 2001. Howard made $10 million in 2008, thanks to winning his arbitration case against the Phillies last season.


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