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Werth, Phillies avoid arbitration with agreement to one-year deal


PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth and the Philadelphia Phillies
agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract on Monday, avoiding
arbitration.

The 27-year-old Werth hit .298 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs
last season for the Phillies. He started 63 games, seeing most of
his action in right field while platooning with Shane Victorino.

Werth likely will remain in that role, splitting time with newly
acquired Geoff Jenkins while Victorino moves to center to replace
the departed Aaron Rowand.

Four Phillies players remain eligible for arbitration: first
baseman Ryan Howard, right-handers Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson, and
infielder Eric Bruntlett.