Shane Victorino Inks Contract Extension with Philadelphia Phillies

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during batting practice against the New York Yankees in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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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.

For more Philadelphia sports coverage, please go to my blog: The Broad Street Scoop.

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