Shane Victorino Inks Contract Extension with Philadelphia Phillies

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2010

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with Joe Blanton by signing him to a three-year, $24 million contract extension.

As Craig Calcaterra first reported last night, the Phillies announced the signing of Shane Victorino to a three-year, $22 million deal on Friday.

Victorino, a two-time Gold Glove winner, hit .292/.358/.445 with 10 homers and 62 RBI batting in the two-hole for the majority of the season in 2009. He made $3.125 million last year and filed for $5.8 million in arbitration.

The Phillies have only one remaining arbitration-eligible player in Carlos Ruiz, who Ruben Amaro Jr. sounded optimistic about agreeing to a deal with sometime before Spring Training. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock believes that an agreement could come within the week on a one-year or multi-year contract.

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