Outfielder Jayson Werth, who had been arbitration elegible, agreed on a $1.7 million contract plus performance bonuses, the club has announced.
From a Phillies news release: Werth, 27, hit .298/.404/.459 with eight home runs and a career-high 49 RBI in 94 games for the Phillies last season. He also set a career best with nine outfield assists, despite missing a month of the season with a left wrist strain. Werth, who figures to split time in right field with Geoff Jenkins, became the second Phillie to avoid arbitration, joining outfielder Chris Snelling. The Phillies have four arbitration-eligible players remaining: infielders Eric Bruntlett and Ryan Howard and righthanders Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson.
Beerleaguer: Basically a formality, Werth gets about a million more than last season, and that's still a pretty good value.