01/15/11 3:05 PM EST
Francisco avoids arbitration with Phillies
Right-field candidate signs one-year, $1.175 million contract
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
He did just that Saturday, when he agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million contract. The deal includes performance and awards bonuses.
"We are pleased to have come to terms with Benny," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "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."
Amaro has told Francisco he has the opportunity to win the everyday job in right field, although there is a chance the Phillies could use a platoon with some combination of Francisco, Domonic Brown, Ross Gload and John Mayberry Jr. The Phillies at this time are not expected to bring in another outfielder to compete for the job.
"They feel like I can go out there and do great things," Francisco said. "I want to go out there and show I can, as well."
Francisco, 29, hit .268 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 88 games last season. He is a career .263 hitter, with 39 homers, 140 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 360 games.
Francisco had filed for salary arbitration Friday, which was a formality. Had the sides not agreed, they would have exchanged figures Tuesday. They could have met in an arbitration hearing next month, which is no longer an issue.
That leaves right-hander Kyle Kendrick as the Phillies' only player eligible for salary arbitration.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.