Philadelphia Phillies Extend Joe Blanton's Contract, Avoid Arbitration

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Philadelphia Phillies Extend Joe Blanton's Contract, Avoid Arbitration
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The Phillies avoided arbitration with Joe Blanton on Thursday when they announced that they have signed Blanton to a three-year, $24 million contract extension.

Blanton filed for arbitration on Tuesday, asking for $10.6 million; The Phillies were only offering $7.5 million. Yesterday, Ruben Amaro Jr. said he wants to lock up his three players up for arbitration before spring training.

Today, he can cross Blanton's name off his list.

Blanton, 29, is 16-8 with a 4.09 ERA in 44 career starts with Philadelphia since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics in 2008.

The Phillies are still talking extensions with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz. Victorino asked for $5.8 million, and Ruiz asked for $2.5 million. The Phillies have offered $4.75 million and $1.7 million respectively.

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