Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $24 million US, three-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing next month.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA last year during the regular season and didn't get a decision in two post-season starts and two relief appearances.
After making $5,475,000 last year, he asked for $10.25 million in arbitration and was offered $7.5 million.
Blanton came to Philadelphia in a 2008 trade from Oakland for three minor leaguers. He proceeded to go 4-0 in 13 regular season appearances before posting a 2-0 mark in three playoff games, giving up just six runs in 17 innings of work as Philadelphia won the World Series.
The six-foot-three, 250-pound hurler was less successful in the 2009 postseason. While he wasn't the pitcher of record in any of his three appearances — including two starts — he yielded 10 runs in just under 16 innings.
All-Star centre fielder Shane Victorino and catcher Carlos Ruiz remain in arbitration.