Phils Hope to Avoid Arbitration with Three Players
January 20, 2010
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The Phillies have exchanged arbitration figures with three players these past days, hoping that the two sides can agree before going to arbitration starting in February. The three players are Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, and Joe Blanton.
The Phillies can very well reach an agreement with Victorino with a multi-year deal. Victorino wants $5.8 million and the Phillies are offering $4.75 million. From the Hot Stove:
Sources indicated to the Web site that the Phillies are discussing a multiyear deal with their 29-year-old center fielder. The potential contract would be for at least two years, which would take Victorino through the remainder of his arbitration years.
CSNPhilly.com wrote: “If the Phils reach a deal with Victorino, it could come down this week.”
Ruiz wants $2.5 million and the Phillies are offering $1.7 million. Now Blanton and the Phillies are nowhere near coming to an agreement as they are differing in almost $3 million dollars. Blanton wants $10.25 million, which would mean he would be getting more money than Roy Halladay in 2010. The Phillies offered with a very realistic number of $7.5 million.
I see Victorino and Phillies agreeing to a multi-year deal, Ruiz either winning arbitration or coming to an agreement, and Blanton losing arbitration.