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Phillies avoid arbitration with Peter Bourjos at $2 million

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Just hours after acquiring Peter Bourjos off waivers from the Cardinals, the Phillies have avoided salary arbitration with the 28-year-old outfielder by granting him a one-year, $2 million contract.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com had the report first, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports disclosed the financial details.

Bourjos gets a slight raise from the $1.65 million he made in 2015, his second year of salary arbitration. The speedster hit just .218/.292/.342 in his two seasons with St. Louis, but he’s a tremendous defender in the outfield and should get a lot of use next summer with the rebuilding Phillies.

Philadelphia also avoided arbitration with infielder Andres Blanco for $1.45 million.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.