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Phillies avoid arbitration with Blanton

Updated: January 21, 2010, 10:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Blanton got his reward for consistency and durability.

Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing next month. The 29-year-old right-hander was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA last year.

"They came to me with the prospect of going long term, and I couldn't have been more thrilled," Blanton said at a news conference Thursday. "I couldn't be happier to have this opportunity to stay in the Phillies' ...

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