Phils Hope to Lock Up Victorino, Blanton and Ruiz
The Phillies signed Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Jamie Moyer to multiyear extensions last offseason.
They’re hoping for a few more this offseason.
They’re talking about multiyear extensions with Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Carlos Ruiz, Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. CSNPhilly.com first reported the Phillies were talking to Victorino about a multiyear deal. A source said today those talks have been for one-year and multiyear deals.
“I think we’re making progress on all of them,” Amaro said. “We’re trying to work through it. We’re hoping we can get these done.”
A multiyear deal would buy out at least Victorino’s final two years of salary arbitration. A three-year extension would buy out his first year of free agency in 2012. Blanton is eligible to become a free agent after the season, so if the Phillies reach a multiyear agreement with him it would keep him with the Phillies at least through 2011. That means they would have Roy Halladay, Hamels, J.A. Happ and Blanton in their rotation at least the next two seasons.
Ruiz is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, so a multiyear extension likely would buy out his remaining three years of arbitration. Knowing Ruiz’s salary the next two or three years would provide them a clearer picture of how much they have to spend in other areas in the future.