Phillies, Pence agree to $10.4 million deal

Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence signs autograph before the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Phillies baseball game, Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-4. The Phillies, seeking their third NL pennant in four years and second World Series title, acquired Pence from the Houston Astros for three prospects and a player to be named late Friday night. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

January 27, 2012 1:50:39 PM PST
Right fielder Hunter Pence and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed Friday to a $10.4 million, one-year contract.

The deal was at the midpoint between the $11.8 million he had asked for in arbitration last week and the $9 million the Phillies had offered. He can earn additional award bonuses.

Pence hit .314 with 22 homers and a career-high 97 RBIs for Houston and Philadelphia last season, when he made $6.9 million. He was acquired from the Astros on July 29.

A two-time All-Star, he led the Phillies in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.560), hits (67) and total bases (116). Pence has a .292 average, 114 homers and 412 RBIs in five seasons with Houston and Philadelphia.

Philadelphia has settled with all its players in arbitration.