Myers Gets Three-Year Extension

The Phillies are hopeful of avoiding arbitration with all of their players and took a big step toward doing just that when they signed Brett Myers to a three-year deal Thursday.

While it's not a deal in the range of Chase Utley's deal that he signed with the Phillies earlier this off-season, Brett Myers got himself a long-term deal Thursday. The Phillies and Myers agreed to a three-year, $25.75 million deal avoiding arbitration. The deal also delays Myers' entrance into the free agent market for one year until after the 2009 season.

The deal won't be official until Myers undergoes a physical Monday in Philadelphia.

The Phillies and Myers suffered through a domestic assault charge that was brought on when Myers allegedly punched his wife during a road trip to Boston last summer. The charges were later dropped when Myers wife requested that he not be prosecuted for the incident.

Other than missing time because of the assault incident, Myers has not missed time due to injuries and has been one of the more dependable pitchers on the staff. The 26-year-old Myers went 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts last season. He led the Phillies in wins, ERA, starts, innings (198), strikeouts (189), winning percentage (.632) and opponents' batting average (.257).

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