Jayson Werth has become a key component of the Phillies and the club was anxious to make sure that he wouldn't be going anywhere anytime soon. Werth and the Phillies agreed to a multi-year deal.
Just a few hours after Werth's signing, the Phillies were also able to come to terms with pitcher Chad Durbin. Durbin had been asking for $1.95-million while the Phillies were offering $1.35-million. The two sides pretty much split the difference and worked out a one-year, $1.635-million deal.
Werth's deal, which is pending a physical, will pay Werth $10-million over two years. The contract calls for him to accept the $3-million offer the Phillies made for 2009 and then see his salary raise to $7-million for 2010.
Werth, who signed with the Phillies as a free agent in December of 2006, has hit a combined .282 with the Phillies and took on an expanded role with the club in 2008. Initially, Werth was set to platoon with Geoff Jenkins in right field, but became the everyday right fielder when Jenkins struggled. Last season, Werth made $1.7-million and was asking for $4-million in arbitration. The Phillies had countered with a $3-million offer.
The Phillies have now signed Greg Dobbs, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Werth to multi-year deals over the past week. In addition, they've signed Durbin, Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton to one-year deals. Ryan Howard - who figured to be the toughest of the negotiations - remains the only Phillie headed for an arbitration hearing if the Phillies can not reach an agreement with him.