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Pitcher John Denny, the 1983 Cy Young Award winner...

PHILADELPHIA -- Pitcher John Denny, the 1983 Cy Young Award winner in the National League, Thursday signed a new three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Club president Bill Giles said Denny signed the new agreement just before the Phillies left Veterans Stadium for a three-game weekend series in Montreal. Giles declined to reveal the financial terms of the contract.

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Giles said the contract is guaranteed for the 1985 and 1986 seasons and contains an option year for 1987.

Denny, 31, is in the final year of a three-year contract he had signed with the Cleveland Indians, who traded him to the Phillies for three minor league players on Sept. 11, 1982.

Denny, who could have opted for free agency at the end of this season, had said during spring training that he would not negotiate a new contract once the season started because it was 'best for me to concentrate on pitching.'

But Tony Siegle, the Phillies' vice president for baseball administration, said he received a call from Richie Bry, Denny's agent, in late March to resume contract talks. By the end of spring training, Giles, Bry and Siegle 'really put the pieces together' on a new deal, Siegle said.

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'Richie called me this afternoon and agreed, and John signed the contract before the bus left for the airport,' Siegle said.

Denny is 1-1 this season, his 10th in the majors. He was 19-6 last year, leading the National League in wins and winning percentage (.760).

'I can't be with a better organization,' Denny said. 'I'm happy and pleased I'll stay in Philadelphia for three more years.'

Denny, 95-78 lifetime, broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975, posting a 10-7 record. He pitched five years with the Cardinals before being traded to Cleveland in December 1979, and spent two seasons and most of a third with the Indians.

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