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 and Joe Blanton. The soft deadline to sign them is noon today. If there isn't a deal before then, both sides will exchange salary figures. That process is designed to speed up negotiations. The two sides then have until the end of the month to reach an agreement before the case goes to arbitration.
We'll have a better idea of where the Phillies stand with all three players in a short time -- barring a last-minute deal to avoid the exchange of numbers.
Durbin, 32, was 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 59 games for the Phillies in 2009. He made $1.635 million last season.