Wow! What a bad day to take off yesterday. Here’s the latest on the Phils:
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $5.475 million contract with Joe Blanton. The Phillies also agreed on a one-year, $3.125 million contract with centerfielder Shane Victorino.
Ryan Howard has announced that he would like $18 million next season. The Phillies have offered him $14 million. Let the negotiations begin! I believe the Phils and Howard will again go to arbitration and this year the Phillies will win. I’d expect a multi year deal to be done at some point during the season or in the 2009-2010 off-season.
The Phillies have also agreed to terms with Jayson Werth and Chad Durbin, Phillie Phanatics has learned. Werth has signed to a two-year, $10 million. Werth will receive $2 million in 2009, plus a $1 million signing bonus, and $7 million in 2010. The Phillies aren’t expected to announce the deal until later this week after Werth takes his physical. Durbin has agreed to a one-year, $1.635 million contract.
This leaves Ryan Howard as the last unsigned arbitration eligible player. Way to knock ’em down Ruben!