The Phillies and Hunter Pence avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.4 million contract, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter.
Pence earned $6.9 million last season while batting .314/.370/.502 with 22 homers, 97 RBI, eight stolen bases and an .871 OPS over 154 games between Houston and Philadelphia. Pence filed at $11.8 million while the Phillies filed at $9 million in December, so the two sides met halfway on the deal, thus avoiding a trip to the table, as the Phillies often do. Pence took the Astros to arbitration last season and won his case.
Beerleaguer: The Phils should expect big things from Pence, who will be asked to anchor the offense, even when Ryan Howard returns. And thus concludes an active day, and off-season, for Ruben Amaro and the Phillies. Wake me at pitchers and catchers.