Phillies avoid arbitration with Francisco

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, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with outfielder Ben Francisco on Saturday, signing him to a one- year, $1.175 million contract which includes performance and awards bonuses.

The 29-year-old hit .268 with six homers and 28 RBI over 88 games in a reserve role for the NL East champions.

"We are pleased to have come to terms with Benny," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said. "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."

Acquired from the Cleveland Indians along with Cliff Lee in a six-player deal on July 29, 2009, Francisco has racked up a .263 average with 39 homers and 140 RBI over 360 games with the Tribe and Phils since 2007.


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