Myers, Phils agree to one-year deal

Myers, Phils agree to one-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers turned a breakout season into a substantial raise on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

The pact allows Myers and the Phillies to skip the first of what can be up to three years of arbitration eligibility for the right-hander, who can become a free agent after the 2008 season.

Myers earned $445,000 in 2005, a year in which he went 13-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 34 starts, shaving nearly two runs off his ERA from the previous season. Though a poor stretch came in June and September, he was a valuable No. 2 starter behind ace Jon Lieber.

"As always, we are pleased to have signed Brett to a fair deal," said assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "Brett had a solid year in 2005 and we're hopeful he will step up even further in 2006."

Myers' 34 starts included two complete games, and the right-hander recorded a career-high 208 strikeouts. He also led all Philadelphia starters with 21 quality starts.

Outfielder Jason Michaels is the club's lone arbitration-eligible player remaining. The team agreed to terms with pitcher Aaron Fultz last month.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.