Phillies avoid arbitration with Ben Francisco

Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Francisco starts his home run jog as he watches his second inning solo home run leave the park during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

January 15, 2011 5:19:32 PM PST
The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with outfielder Ben Francisco, agreeing to a $1,175,000, one-year contract.

The Phillies announced the deal on Saturday. Francisco's contract includes performance and awards bonuses.

Francisco hit .268 with six homers and 28 RBIs in 88 games last season, including .282 (11 for 39) with seven RBIs as a pinch hitter. He has a .263 career average with 39 homers and 140 RBIs in 360 games for the Indians (2007-09) and Phillies (2009-10).

Right-hander Kyle Kendrick is the Phillies' only other arbitration-eligible player.

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