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Notebook: Phillies, Brett Myers agrees to contract

| Friday, Feb. 2, 2007

Right-hander Brett Myers agreed to a $25.75 million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. A former first-round pick, Myers has won at least 11 games each of the past four seasons. The deal is contingent upon Myers' passing a physical. Myers, who made $3.3 million last season, will earn $5 million this year, $8.5 million in 2008 and $12 million in 2009. He gets a signing bonus of $250,000.

* Outfielder Austin Kearns agreed yesterday to a three-year contract that guarantees the outfielder $17.5 million and adds a long-term piece to Washington's rebuilding effort. Kearns will get $3.5 million this year, $5 million in 2008 and $8 million in 2009, and the Nationals hold a $10 million club option for 2010, with a $1 million buyout.

* Second baseman Brian Roberts avoided arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing yesterday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract. Roberts made $3.1 million last season, when he rebounded from a serious elbow injury to hit .286 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI as Baltimore's leadoff hitter.

* Mike Matheny announced his retirement after his doctor refused to clear the longtime catcher to play in 2007 after a concussion sidelined him for the final four months of last season with the Giants.

Digits

27.4 -- Percentage of major-league players born outside the 50 states.

45.1 -- Percentage of minor-league players born outside the 50 states.

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