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Phillies Sign Joe Blanton to a 3-year, 24 Million Deal

Jan 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

The Phillies have plenty of question marks towards the back end of their rotation but they just shored up the middle of it for the next three seasons. Joe Blanton has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 3-year, $24 million deal that puts his average yearly salary quite a bit below the $10+ million he was asking for. [MLB]