Arbitrary

With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a month, it’s not too early to start getting revved about Phillies’ ball.

As the arbitration period approaches, things with the Phillies are chugging along. Of the team’s eight arbitration-eligible players, five have been signed thus far. Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Greg Dobbs all agreed to multi-year deals, and, recently, Shane Victorino signed a one-year $3.125 million contract and Joe Blanton singed a same-length contract for $5.475 million.

Still up for arbitration hearings scheduled to occur between Feb. 1 and 25 are Jayson Werth, Chad Durbin and Ryan Howard. After winning his $10-million arbitration hearing last year, Howard has currently requested $18 million while the Phillies are offering $14 million.

The 2008 home run and RBI champ will be making a pretty penny either way.

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