02/01/2007 6:04 PM ET
Phillies, Myers agree to three-year extension
Righthander Brett Myers agreed to a three-year, $25.75 million contract extension with the Phillies, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced tonight. The contract covers Myers' two remaining years of arbitration eligibility and one year of potential free agency and is contingent upon a physical.
"We're very pleased to have gotten this deal done with Brett, who is arguably one of the premier pitchers in the National League," said Amaro. "He's a proven top-of-the-rotation starter and he will certainly play an even bigger role for us going forward."
Myers, 26, went 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts last season, leading the Phillies' pitching staff in wins, ERA, starts, innings (198.0), strikeouts (189), winning percentage (.632) and opponents' batting average (.257). He finished fifth in the National League in strikeouts (189), compiling an NL-leading 107 in the second half of the season.
"I've grown up in this organization and this is where I want to stay," said Myers. "I love pitching in Philadelphia, I love the ballpark, I love the fans and having Charlie as the manager and guys like Chase Utley around for the next few years was a big part of my decision."
Myers continued, "I've played with these guys - Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell - for the last few years and I couldn't imagine myself playing for another organization or with another group of guys. It would probably be a culture shock."
Over the past four seasons (2003-06) Myers ranks among the league leaders in starts (128, 6th), strikeouts (656, 7th), innings (782.1, 9th), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (7.55, 10th) and wins (50, T-10th).
Originally the first-round selection (12th overall) by the Phillies in the 1999 draft, Myers has a career record of 54-40 with a 4.34 ERA in 141 appearances (140 starts).
Righthander Geoff Geary is now the Phillies' lone arbitration-eligible player.