Does Ruben Amaro ever rest? Probably, but for only 20 minute power naps. The man is back at it again, this time trying to secure the Phillies arbitration eligible players to multi-year deals.
Joe Blanton is the most expensive of the bunch. He's asking for $10.25M, while the Phils countered with $7.5M. My guess is the 29 year old durable righty could be signed to a 2 year $16M deal similar to the one Joel Pineiro just inked with the Angels. During his time in Philly, Blanton has posted a 16-8 record with a 3rd/4th starter worthy ERA of 4.09. With Kyle Drabek dealt away, there's nobody in the high minors ready to take Blanton's spot.
Kinetic ball of energy Shane Victorino is next on the docket with a proposed salary of $5.8M, Phils offered $4.75. With back-to-back Gold Gloves and continued progress on offense this recently married 29 year old is a good bet for a 3 year deal in the neighborhood of $20M. I love Vic, he's fun to watch, he embodies the Philly style of hard-nosed play. If Vic is locked up, this certainly means the end of Jayson Werth's time here after 2010, because top prospect Dominic Brown will be set to take over one of the outfield spots.
Last, but not least is Chooch. Carlos wants $2.5M, Phils offered $1.7M. Ruiz is good behind the plate. He calls a good game, has a solid relationship with the pitching staff, and for an 8-hole hitting catcher ain't that bad with the stick. He turns 31 tomorrow, but his body seems like it has a handful of decent seasons left in it. This is his first arbitration eligible season, so maybe a 2 or 3 year deal worth roughly $7-8M makes sense. Lou Marson was shipped to Cleveland last summer, so there isn't a heir to the throne readily available in the minors.