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1.07.2008

Werth Gets Another One-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Phillies and Jayson Werth came to an agreement on a $1.7 million, one-year contract Monday, avoiding that ugly little thing called arbitration.

The 27-year-old outfielder hit .298 with eight homers and 49 RBIs last season for the Phillies, who were swept by the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS. Werth spent most of the 63 games he started in right field, platooning with Shane Victorino.

He'll likely play the same role this season, splitting time with Geoff Jenkins, who was acquired in late December. Victorino will probably move to center, replacing the now-San Francisco Giant, Aaron Rowand.

Four Phillies players are still arbitration-eligible, including hard-hitting first baseman Ryan Howard, shortstop Eric Bruntlett, and right-handers Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson.

[MLB.com] | [The 700 Level] | []


3 Comments:

gilbert said...

Thank you for not making a bad pun with his name in the headline.