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Phillies, Ben Francisco avoid arbitation with one-year deal

Jan 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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The Phillies and outfielder Ben Francisco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Francisco, who was acquired from the Indians along with Cliff Lee in July of 2009, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old outfielder earned $470,000 last season while batting .268/.327/.441 with six home runs, 28 RBI and eight stolen bases over 197 plate appearances.

The Phillies haven’t added a right-handed hitting outfielder this winter, so Francisco should be primed for more playing time in 2011, likely as part of a timeshare with top prospect Domonic Brown in right field.

With Francisco signed, Kyle Kendrick is the team’s only remaining arbitration-eligible player.

  1. rjb23 - Jan 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Francisco was one of few guys that had some quality swings in the playoffs. I like his chances to succeed in 2011, but it’s a shame he might have to hit 5th. His chances for success would be better in the 6 or 7 hole.

  2. macjacmccoy - Jan 16, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    what are u talking about he will get more quality pitches and more oppurtunities to hit with people on base batting behind Howard then whoever would be in the 5th or 6th position.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      I’d line Chooch up right behind Howard. He’s proven he’s got what it takes. Then change the order when Chooch gets a day off.

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