Phillies, Hernandez settle on 1-year deal

Phillies, Hernandez settle on 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies and Cesar Hernandez will not need salary arbitration this month.

The team announced Friday it had agreed to a one-year contract with Hernandez to avoid arbitration. A source said Hernandez will be paid $2.55 million.

Philadelphia and Hernandez had exchanged numbers last month when they could not reach an initial agreement. The Phillies filed at $2 million, and Hernandez filed at $2.8 million. In other words, the Phils and Hernandez met a little above the midway point.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted Hernandez would earn $2.5 million in salary arbitration.

Hernandez, 26, hit .294 with 14 doubles, 11 triples, six home runs, 39 RBIs and a .764 OPS in 622 plate appearances last season. His .371 on-base percentage ranked 22nd out of 146 qualified batters in the Majors.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.