Friday, December 12, 2008

Thanks for the memories Pat Burrell: Phillies sign Raul Ibanez

Pat Burrell's career in Philadelphia is over. The Phillies signed corner outfielder Raul Ibanez, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, to a 3 year, 30 million dollar deal today. He will replace Burrell, a free agent, in the everyday lineup.

Ibanez, 36, will add another lefty bat with some power to the lineup. He has topped 20 homers and 100 RBIs in each of the last three seasons. He also hits for solid average, hitting between .280 and .304 in the last two seasons. While his age concerns me, he's a professional hitter who was signed to a reasonable contract. The only issue I have with the signing is that Ibanez is yet another lefty. With Burell likely gone, the Phillies lack a big right-handed bat in the middle of the line-up.

Burrell ended his tumultuous Philadelphia career on the highest note possible. He's gone from one of the most heckled players to one of the cities most loved. Wherever he ends up next season, Phillie fans will be rooting him on and they will give him a standing ovation when he comes to town.

Good luck Patty B, thanks for helping us win a championship. Now we are going for the next one with a hitter that brings a little more to the table.


Stop Smoking said...

Ibanez seems like a good choice. And at least Burrell had a chance to prove himsel after all.

coro34 said...

The Phils should have worked harder to sign Pat Burrell. His stellar batting early and strong post season was a big reason for the Phillies success. He also is younger and a right handed bat. This doesn't seem to be a well thought out signing. I wish Pat the best of luck and hope that he ends up with a winner.