Philadelphia avoids arbitration with Cesar Hernandez
The Phillies and second baseman Cesar Hernandez avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million.

Hernandez, 27, put together a strong 2017 campaign with career high's in on-base percentage (.373), slugging (.421), and OPS+ (112). He also tied his career-high batting average of .294.

Hernandez has been a model of consistency over the last two seasons putting up nearly identical numbers. He'll need to do much of the same if the Phillies expect to round the final corner of the rebuilding phase and compete.

The $5.1 million is a sizeable jump from the $2.55 million he made in 2017.

With the Hernandez deal now done, the Phillies avoided arbitration with all four eligible players. The club inked catcher Cameron Rupp on Thursday for $2.05 million, and earlier Friday signed third baseman Maikel Franco for $2.95 million and reliever Luis Garcia for $1.2 million.
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