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Blanton signs three-year, $24 million extension

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Blanton signs three-year, $24 million extension

The Phillies have signed starter Joe Blanton to a three-year, $24M contract extension. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
The Phillies have signed starter Joe Blanton to a three-year, $24M contract extension. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

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Phillies righthander Joe Blanton, who signed a 3-year, $24 million contract extension Thursday, spoke about his deal at a news conference: "They came at me with the prospect of going long-term. I was thrilled. I've enjoyed my time here in the past year-and-a-half. I just feel the organization has gotten better and better.

"When you hit free agency, you want to go to a winner. I'm already with a winner, so I was thrilled."

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said about the signing: "It was important for us to continue a pretty good trend. We like to keep our players in the system. Joe has been outstanding. He has been one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball."

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Blanton, 29, went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts last season and made four appearances (two starts) in the postseason. He was arbitration-eligible. In 44 regular-season starts for the Phillies over the past two seasons, he is 16-8 with a 4.09 ERA and the team is 26-18 (.591) in those games. He pitched at least 6.0 innings in 29 of those 44 starts.

The Phillies have two arbitration-eligible players remaining: catcher Carlos Ruiz and centerfielder Shane Victorino.

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Breaking news from South Philly. . .

The Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with veteran righthander Joe Blanton, avoiding arbitration and keeping him in the fold through 2012.

The move could usher in a unique era of rotation stability, as the top four members of the rotation -- Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Blanton -- are now all under club control through at least the 2012 season.

Blanton had requested $10.25 million in arbitration, while the Phillies had offered $7.5 million.

A press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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