Francisco Avoids Salary Arbitration

Ben Francisco said last week he hoped to avoid salary arbitration with the Phillies.

He did just that today, when he agreed to a one-year $1.175 million contract. The deal includes performance and awards bonuses.

“We are pleased to have come to terms with Benny,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “Our goal in this process is to come to equitable deals. Benny, as we’ve stated, will have an opportunity to play more regularly in right field this year and I am looking forward to the competition beginning this spring.”

Amaro has told Francisco he has the opportunity to win the everyday job, although there is a chance the Phillies could use a platoon in right field with some combination of Francisco, Domonic Brown, Ross Gload and John Mayberry Jr. The Phillies at this time are not expected to bring in another outfielder to compete for the job.

“They feel like I can go out there and do great things,” Francisco said. “I want to go out there and show I can as well.”

Francisco had filed for salary arbitration Friday, which was a formality. Had the sides not agreed they would have exchanged figures Tuesday. They could have met in an arbitration hearing next month, which is no longer an issue.

That leaves right-hander Kyle Kendrick as the team’s only player eligible for salary arbitration.


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