Phillies agree with Victorino, Blanton
Center fielder to earn $3.125 million; pitcher to make $5.475M
The Phillies avoided arbitration with two more players on their list of potential cases on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year, $3.125 million deal with center fielder Shane Victorino and a one-year, $5.475 million contract with right-hander Joe Blanton.
After signing Victorino and Blanton, the Phillies have three arbitration-eligible players remaining in Ryan Howard, Chad Durbin and Jayson Werth. When the arbitration-filing period came to an end on Thursday, the Phillies had eight, but Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Greg Dobbs have since agreed to multiyear deals.
Figures between the club and their arbitration-eligible players were exchanged Tuesday, with hearings being scheduled from Feb. 1-21.
The 28-year-old switch-hitting Victorino, who made $480,000 in 2008, was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his five-year career. Victorino, originally a sixth-round Draft pick of the Dodgers in 1999, hit .293 with 14 home runs, 58 RBIs and 36 stolen bases in 146 games in '08, his fourth year with Philadelphia.
Blanton came over from the Athletics in a late July trade and finished the regular season 4-0 with a 4.20 ERA in 13 starts for the Phillies. In the postseason, Blanton -- who combined to go 9-12 with a 4.69 ERA in '08 -- went 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts.
The 28-year-old right-hander, a first-round Draft pick of the A's in 2002, made $3.7 million in 2008.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.