Phillies Sign Hunter Pence to a 1-Year, $10.4M Deal

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 05: Hunter Pence #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles after being tagged out while stealing by Rafael Furcal #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a 1-year, $10.4 million deal and avoid arbitration, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Matt Gelb of the Inquirer had sad earlier this week that the negotiations were limiting the team's options in terms of pursuing further talent, so perhaps this clears the way for them to make another move (like signing Juan Pierre this morning).

Pence, 28, played most of his first 5 seasons with the Houston Astros, and with much success -- he's a career .292 / .343 / .485 hitter. Philly seems to agree with him, too, as he hit .324 in 54 games since being traded (small sample enthusiasts, activate!).

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