Four Phillies file for arbitration

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 be reached before Feb. 1, the case can go to an arbitrator. But that's unlikely considering the Phillies' usual willingness to avoid the hearing and settle with its players. Last season, the team settled with all 10 of its players who filed for arbitration before the cases could be heard.

Blanton and Durbin will both be free agents after the 2010 season. Victorino is one after the 2011 season. For Ruiz, this is his first season eligible for arbitration.

Here's a full list of the players in the NL East who filed for arbitration:

ATLANTA (1) - Peter Moylan, rhp.

FLORIDA (7) - Jorge Cantu, 1b; Josh Johnson, rhp; Leo Nunez, rhp; Renyel Pinto, lhp; Cody Ross, of; Anibal Sanchez, rhp; Dan Uggla, 2b.

NEW YORK (5) - Pedro Feliciano, lhp; Jeff Francoeur, of; Sean Green, rhp; John Maine, rhp; Angel Pagan, of.

PHILADELPHIA (4) - Joe Blanton, rhp; Chad Durbin, rhp; Carlos Ruiz, c; Shane Victorino, of.

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