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Phils, Snelling agree to deal for '08

Phils, Snelling agree to deal for '08

PHILADELPHIA -- The morning after offering arbitration to all six of their eligible players, the Phillies whittled the list down to five.

The team agreed to terms with outfielder Chris Snelling on a one-year, $450,000 contract on Thursday. Philadelphia acquired him from Tampa Bay on Nov. 20 for cash.

The 25-year-old hit a combined .246 with one home run and seven RBIs in 30 games with Washington and Oakland in 2007, missing most of the season with a left knee contusion. A left-handed hitter, Snelling has a .311 career average, with 46 home runs in 493 games.

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If healthy, Snelling could provide a left-handed bench option who can play the outfield.

Ryan Howard, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jayson Werth and Eric Bruntlett were also offered arbitration by Wednesday's midnight ET deadline.

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

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