Phillies finalize Werth's $10M deal

Updated: January 22, 2009, 1:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with outfielder Jayson Werth by agreeing to a two-year contract.

Werth will be paid $10 million over the length of the contract -- $3 million in 2009 and $7 million in 2010.

The Phillies also signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year, $1.635 million contract one day after the two exchanged arbitration figures.

Durbin had filed a salary request of $1.95 million, with the Phillies offering $1.35 million. They settled slightly below the midpoint, which was $1.65 million.

Durbin can earn an additional $50,000 if he finishes first in the Rolaids relief standings, or $25,000 if he finishes second, or $15,000 if he finishes third.

The 29-year-old Werth hit .273 with 24 home runs, 67 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases last season.

Werth and reliever Ryan Madson, both arbitration-eligible players for the Phillies who could have become free agents after the 2009 season, are now locked into multiyear deals.

Madson, who was 4-2 with a 3.05 earned run average, was signed to a three-year, $12 million contract on Tuesday.

One big salary issue hanging over the Phillies involves slugging first baseman Ryan Howard, who appears to be heading for salary arbitration.

Howard, who belted 48 home runs and drove in 146 runs to lead the National League in both categories last season, is seeking $18 million for next season while the Phillies have countered with $14 million.

Information ESPN.com's Jayson Stark and Reuters was used in this report.

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