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Phils, Pence avoid arbitration

The Phillies are going to head into the arbitration period without a thing on their mind.

Hunter Pence became the last Phillie to avoid arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $10.4 million deal, according to Jim Salisbury.

The Phillies avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick, Wilson Valdez (then traded him to Cincinnati) and Cole Hamels in the past two weeks.

Pence originally wanted $11.8 million and the Phillies offered $9 million. The two parties met in the middle.

In 54 games last season, Pence hit .324 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs after he was traded from Houston for a deal centered around a handful of top prospects.

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