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Archive: January, 2010

Phillies officially sign Victorino to 3-year, $22M deal

Friday, January 22, 2010, 9:43 AM
The Phillies officially announced their three-year, $22 million agreement with outfielder Shane Victorino today. Victorino, who had two years of arbitration remaining, batted .292 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI last season. In 607 career regular season games as a Phillie, Victorino has hit .289 with... Read more

Looking ahead to an interesting 2011

Friday, January 22, 2010, 8:53 AM
First, let's begin with the positives: On Thursday, the Phillies signed two very fair long-term contracts with two important players -- Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino. The players received decent value for their services and the Phillies didn't overpay and now have a better sense of their future commitments... Read more

Report: Phillies sign Jose Contreras

Friday, January 22, 2010, 3:36 PM
Pitcher Jose Contreras has signed a one-year contract with the Phillies, according to a report by ESPNDeportes.com. The report says the deal is pending a physical. The 38-year-old Contreras, who pitched for the White Sox and Rockies last season, was 6-13 with a 4.92 ERA in 28 games, 23 of which were... Read more

Phillies sign Blanton to 3-year extension

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 2:40 PM
The Phillies just announced the team has reached a three-year extension with pitcher Joe Blanton worth $24 million. Blanton, who was set to be a free agent after the 2010 season, had requested $10.25 million in salary arbitration. This agreement means all four of the Phillies' top starting pitchers... Read more

Blanton's agent: Talks are progressing on multi-year deal

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 11:28 AM
Joe Blanton's lofty request for $10.25 million in arbitration could prove to be completely inconsequential. Blanton's agent, Jeff Barry, said today he has had talks with the Phillies regarding a multi-year extension for Blanton. The right-handed pitcher is scheduled to become a free agent after the... Read more

A clearer look at the payroll

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 1:31 PM
With the exchange of arbitration figures on Tuesday, we have a clearer picture of what the final 2010 payroll should look like. And at this point, based on a few projections, the Phillies have hit that $140 million mark that Ruben Amaro Jr. set as the bar earlier in the offseason. Real news is coming... Read more

Rollins OK after earthquake in Cayman Islands

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 2:17 PM
Jimmy Rollins and his traveling party that are in the Cayman Islands for Rollins' wedding on Saturday are safe after an earthquake shook the islands on Tuesday. A Phillies spokesman said the team has been in contact with Rollins and said everyone is safe. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the... Read more

Durbin officially signed; three more remain

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:43 AM
The Phillies officially announced their agreement with reliever Chad Durbin, avoiding arbitration with a one-year, $2.125 million contract. The deal was first reported late Monday night on the team's official Web site. Three arbitration-eligible players remain unsigned -- Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz... Read more

On Joe Blanton

Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:12 PM
Matt Gelb still here while Andy enjoys some vacation... The headlining news from players and teams exchanging arbitration figures on Tuesday centered mostly around San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young award winner is seeking $13 million. The Giants are offering $8 million. Lincecum... Read more

Four Phillies file for arbitration

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 11:58 AM
As expected, the four Phillies players -- Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz and Chad Durbin -- eligible for arbitration, filed before Friday night's midnight deadline. This step is a mere formality in the process. On Tuesday, the two sides will exchange salary figures and if an agreement cannot... Read more
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