Phillies Dish Myers $25.75 Million

Brett Myers agreed to a three-year, $25.75 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, side-stepping arbitration.

The 26-year-old righty went 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts last season, leading the Phillies in all things pitching: wins, ERA, starts, innings (198), strikeouts (189), winning percentage (.632) and opponents' batting average (.257). What a stud.

He re-joins the deep rotation of newcomers Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton, rising lefty Cole Hamels and veteran Jamie Moyer. The Phillies also have Jon Lieber on their hands, who could be on his way to the trading block.

The darker side to this American Dream is of course Myers' taking some time off last season following his arrest for hitting his wife in the face during a lover's quarrel near Fenway Park. The charge was dropped in October, so I won't go there.

Myers was selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft, and has a 54-40 career record with a 4.34 ERA in 140 starts and one relief appearance.

Editors note: Will someone please put a leash on those caterpillars Myers calls eyebrows?


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