PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with Kevin Jordan on Monday, agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract with the infielder about a half-hour before the hearing.

Jordan, the Phillies' top pinch-hitter, was seeking a one-year deal for $625,000. The Phillies were offering $425,000.

In 112 games for Philadelphia last season, Jordan hit .276 and was third in the National League with 15 pinch hits, including two homers and 10 RBIs. He is tied for third in club history with five career pinch homers.

Jordan batted .293 in 45 starts at first base, second base, DH and third base.