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Salary more than six times last year's

PHILADELPHIA -- Vicente Padilla agreed Friday to a $2.6
million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, more than six
times his $425,000 salary last season.

The 26-year-old right-hander was 14-12 with a 3.62 ERA last
season in 32 starts. His 133 strikeouts and 208 2/3 innings were
career highs.

"He was one of our most consistent pitchers
last year and was an All-Star in 2002," Philadelphia assistant
general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said "We feel he will continue to
progress as one of the best young pitchers in the National
League."

Padilla had asked for $2.95 million in arbitration and had been
offered $2.35 million. A hearing had been scheduled for
mid-February.

Pitcher Kevin Millwood and second baseman Placido Polanco remain
in arbitration.

Padilla came to the Phillies in the deal that sent Curt Schilling to Arizona in 2000. Since becoming a starter in 2002,
Padilla is 28-23 with a 3.45 ERA.