Thursday, January 22, 2009

Werth, Blanton and Durbin sign

The team is making every effort to avoid arbitration, coming to terms with Joe Blanton, Jason Werth and Chad Durbin.

Blanton signed a one-year, $5.475 million deal. Durbin also signed a one-year deal worth $1.635 million; and Werth will make $10 million over the next two seasons.

All great deals, locking up important players while avoiding the difficult situations arbitration can cause. Werth developed nicely into a full-time player last season, and the $10 million is well deserved. Blanton may well have been last year's unsung hero, and he truly developed into a big-game pitcher.

The only arbitration eligible, unsigned player is Ryan Howard. Howard is looking for a one-year deal worth about $18 million, while the Phils are offering $14 million.

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