PHILADELPHIA -- Infielder Eric Bruntlett and Philadelphia
agreed on a $600,000, one-year contract, leaving Ryan Howard as the
only Phillies player with a potential arbitration hearing.
Bruntlett had requested $800,000 in arbitration. He can earn up
to $200,000 in performance bonuses. The 29-year-old utilityman came
to Philadelphia along with closer Brad Lidge in a trade with
Houston last November.
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, is seeking $10 million. The Phillies
offered $7 million. If Howard wins his case, it'll be the highest
amount received by a player in his first year of arbitration
Howard's hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20. The $3 million
difference is the largest among all arbitration figures.
Bruntlett, who can play all four infield positions, hit .246
with 14 RBIs in 80 games for the Astros last season. He has a .250
average with nine homers and 50 RBIs in 320 career games.
In another move, the Phillies designated right-hander Anderson
Garcia for assignment to make room for third baseman Pedro Feliz on
the 40-man roster.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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