Victorino, Phils agree to 1-year deal

Shane Victorino kisses the trophy while wearing a lei. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) (The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News) The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays resumed game five of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 after the rain delay.

Phillies centerfielder Shane Vicotorino has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1-year, $3.125 million contract.

Victorino is among the team's most popular players and emerged as a postseason hero with a grand slam off Milwaukee's CC Sabathia in the NL Division Series and being on the receiving end of a pitch near the head against the Dodgers that led to the benches clearing and helped spark the Phillies.

Victorino replaced Aaron Rowand in centerfield and hit .293 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 146 games.

Teams and their arbitration eligible players are to exchange salary figures today.

The Phillies are hoping to reach deals with outfielder Jayson Werth and pitcher Joe Blanton within the next 48 hours. That, of course, leaves the most difficult case, that of first baseman Ryan Howard.

Earlier today, the team announced a 3-year extension with righthanded reliever Ryan Madson.

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