The Phillies and outfielder Ben Francisco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Francisco, who was acquired from the Indians along with Cliff Lee in July of 2009, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old outfielder earned $470,000 last season while batting .268/.327/.441 with six home runs, 28 RBI and eight stolen bases over 197 plate appearances.
The Phillies haven’t added a right-handed hitting outfielder this winter, so Francisco should be primed for more playing time in 2011, likely as part of a timeshare with top prospect Domonic Brown in right field.
With Francisco signed, Kyle Kendrick is the team’s only remaining arbitration-eligible player.