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Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

Posted on: December 12, 2008 7:27 pm

Moving to fill big holes in the middle of their lineup and left field, the world champion Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez on a three-year, $31 million deal, according to sources.

The deal is pending a physical examination.

The Phillies had targeted the now former Seattle Mariner since parting ways with slugger Pat Burrell. Ibanez, whose long list of suitors included the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, among others, hit .293 in 2008 with a .358 on-base percentage, .472 slugging percentage, 23 homers and 110 RBI.

Though he's 36, he plays younger than his years.

"He's everything you want as far as professionalism, he hits 20 homers consistently, 80-to-100 RBIs," one major-league scout said. "Five years ago, people thought that maybe he should stop playing the outfield. But he's continued to work at it to where he makes most of the routine plays.

"Plus, he's a great guy. Just a super human being. He can hit anywhere in the lineup, three, four or five, and he's a tough out."

The Phillies are hoping that perhaps Ibanez brings another benefit, too. He's good friends with pitcher Jamie Moyer dating back to their days as teammates in Seattle. The Phillies still haven't signed Moyer because of a disagreement over salary. Now that they've got a left fielder and have a firm grasp of how much is left in their budget, and given the presence of Ibanez, they're hoping they can reach an agreement with the lefty.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2008 4:26 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

Great pick-up by the Phils.  A consistent .290 average with 25 HR's and 110 RBI's in Seattle turns into .305 with 33 HR's and 120 RBI's in Philly's park and line-up.  Add the consistency and character, and the Phils got a nce upgrade over Burrell, for probably less then Burrell will get.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2008 5:09 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 12:23 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

adam dunn will get more per year than ibanez...he is a right handed howard...cant have 2 guys in lineup that strikeout 200 times...dunn would have been a huge mistake and costed more than ibanez

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 2:38 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

They need another right handed hitter.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 1:09 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

Excellent pickup by the Phillies with Ibanez...  With all of the big names and slew of various free agents on the market this winter, Ibanez was at the top of my list.  He brings a great deal of consistency to the Phillies and Left Field.  We can count on better range in the field, and less strike outs at the plate when compared to Burrell.

Look for Ibanez's home run total to increase as he moves from Seattles pitcher friendly park to Philly's band box.

The average is a nice upgrade from Burrell's and the RBI's should hover right around 100+ during his stay with the Phils.

Props to the scouts and front office... they won it all and just got better!  LETS GO PHILS!!!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2008 10:27 am

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

First off- I don't like the Mariners and I don't like the Phillies.  That being said, I think Ibanez was an "interesting" pickup for the Phils.  While his stats look consistent on paper, living in the Seattle area, and having seen him a lot- he hits in bunches.  he numbers always balance out at the end of the year, but he does a lot of good hitting in "meaningless" situations.  I actually like Ibanez- he is a genuinely nice guy, and will not cause problems in the clubhouse.  He will give you what he can every time he goes out.  That being said, he is also a hitter very similar to Burrell, with average defense and very average speed.  How will he fit in a lineup with another lefty, Howard, in front of him or behind him?  I personally think the Phils could have found a better fit for the amount of money they are giving Raul.  I'm actually glad the Mets didn't go ahead and get him.   I guess time will tell how it works out.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 1:46 am
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Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 9:09 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

As far as the pick up I think it's good but far from great. They probably could of gone out and signed Adam Dunn for a less price but the same pop at a younger age. Yes they could have offered Pat Burell the same contract but they didn't. In my opinion something with a pop is better than nothing with no pop.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 7:25 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

I agree 120%.  The Phils REALLY botched this one.  Ibanez is a nice player, but he brings similar skill set to the table as Burrell, is older, costs a similar amount of money, and costs them draft picks.  If they wanted Moyer, as the article states, just pay him what he wants.  He can't be asking much more than $8M / year.  I am not a fan of this move.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 5:00 pm

Phillies bag Raul Ibanez

I think that Phillies screwed up on this one. If there willing to splash 30 million on Ibanez why didn't they offer arbritation to Burrell? If he had accepted the Phillies would have had the desirable short term contract and if not they would have recieved draft picks win win situation. How is Ibanez, who is old, a defensive liablity and a type A free agent(meaning the philies lose their 1st round draft pick) better then having a 4(i believe this is correct) year younger Burrell? The philies front office scred this up.

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