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01/07/08 4:00 PM ET
Werth, Phillies agree to one-year deal
Outfielder avoids arbitration, doubles '07 salary to $1.7 million
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies crossed one name off their list of potential arbitration hearings on Monday, when they agreed to a one-year contract with outfielder Jayson Werth. Werth, who will earn $1.7 million in 2008 -- double what he earned last season -- was one of the team's six arbitration-eligible players. Outfielder Chris Snelling already agreed, while infielders Eric Bruntlett and Ryan Howard and right-handers Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson are still pending. Werth, 27, can also earn more through performance incentives. The right-handed hitter batted .298 with eight homers and a career-high 49 RBIs in 94 games in his first season with the Phillies. Werth also had nine outfield assists. A player with between three and six years of Major League service is eligible for salary arbitration, while a certain percentage of players with between two and three years of service are classified as a "super two" and are also eligible. Howard falls into the latter category. The teams and players will exchange salary figures after Jan. 15. Like most teams, the Phillies prefer to settle cases without what is typically an unpleasant, sometimes divisive hearing. The Phils haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since winning against Travis Lee in 2001.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.