Phillies Sign Victorino To Three-Year Deal

The Phillies have officially signed Shane Victorino to a three-year, $22MM deal.  The contract, which buys out Victorino's two remaining arbitration years and one free agent year, will keep Victorino in Philly through 2012. Craig Calcaterra of Circling The Bases first reported the agreement. 

Victorino earned $3.125MM in 2009, when he hit .292/.358/.445 with 10 HRs.  In the field, the Flyin' Hawaiian posted a slightly below average UZR/150 of -4.2.  Calcaterra writes that if Joe Blanton's deal is any indication, Victorino's contract will likely be backloaded. 

With Victorino back in the fold, catcher Carlos Ruiz is the only remaining arbitration-eligible Phillie.  However, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com writes that GM Ruben Amaro expressed optimism that a multi-year deal could be reached with him as well.  Assistant GM Scott Proefrock believes that the team will come to an agreement on a one-year or multi-year deal with Ruiz within the week.


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