World Series title team in 2008.
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Outfielder Jayson Werth agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the Phillies, SI.com has learned. The deal enables him to avoid arbitration this year and next.
Werth will receive $3 million in 2009 and $7 million in '10, plus performance bonuses.
The 29-year-old enjoyed his most productive season in 2008, batting .273 with 24 home runs, 67 RBIs and 73 runs in 134 games. On May 16 against Toronto, Werth belted home runs in his first three at-bats and tied a Phillies record with eight RBIs. He hit .309 during Philly's postseason title run, including .444 in the World Series.
MLB.com first mentioned that the two sides had come to an agreement. The deal comes two days after Philadelphia agreed to a three-year, $12 million extension with set-up man Ryan Madson.