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Phillies, Francisco avoid arbitration
01/15/2011 2:51 PM ET

Outfielder Ben Francisco agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million contract with the Phillies, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. The contract includes performance and awards bonuses. Francisco had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Francisco, 29, hit .268 last season with six home runs and 28 RBI in 88 games, including 28 starts (17 in left field, 10 in right field and one in center field). As a pinch hitter, he batted .282 (11-39) with three doubles and seven RBI.

"We are pleased to have come to terms with Benny," said Amaro. "Our goal in this process is to come to equitable deals. Benny, as we've stated, will have an opportunity to play more regularly in right field this year and I am looking forward to the competition beginning this spring."

Acquired from the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2009, in a six-player trade that included left-hander Cliff Lee, Francisco is a .263 career hitter in the major leagues with 39 home runs, 140 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 360 games for the Indians (2007-09) and Phillies (2009-10).

Right-hander Kyle Kendrick is the Phillies' only other arbitration-eligible player.

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