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Update: Werth's New Deal

Earlier today Jayson Werth reached an agreement on a vague, multi-year contract. Well, the contract wasn't so vague to him, it was just vague to the rest of us. Well, thanks to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, his new contract is for two-years and $10 million.

The two year deal is important not only because it helps Werth and Philadelphia avoid arbitration, but also because next year would have been his first season of free agency. With Werth on board beyond 2009, only Shane Victorino won't be locked in among the Phillies' outfielders after the season.

Werth's deal wasn't the only one closed by Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro today, either. According to Todd Zolecki of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the defending champs avoided arbitration with reliever Chad Durbin by reaching a one-year, $1.635 million deal.

For those of you keeping track at home, that means only Ryan Howard remains unsigned among Philadelphia's arbitration-eligible players. Don't hold your breath on that one, folks, it's not happening overnight.

Well, another player has officially avoided the upcoming arbitration hearings, with the Phillies and outfielder Jayson Werth agreeing on a multi-year deal. Evidently the two sides just needed a little more time to iron things out.

Comcast SportsNet
broke the signing, but there's no word on terms of the contract as of yet. We'll keep you updated.

Werth is the second Philadelphia outfielder to iron out a deal this week, following centerfielder Shane Victorino, who agreed to a one-year deal yesterday. Werth's multi-year deal also means that Victorino is the only outfielder for the World Series champs who isn't locked up for more than one year going forward.

When we can track down more details of the deal, we'll pass them along. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for more pre-arbitration agreements. The ice has been broken, and we'll see who cracks next.

By Cameron Smith  |  January 21, 2009; 5:31 PM ET
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