Thanks Rauuuuuul!

21 Feb

Photo: AP

It’s now been announced that the deal is official… Raul Ibanez has signed a 1-year deal to play for the New York Yankees in 2012.  While I won’t miss the slumps that he went through, I will miss his power, and his spirit.  Raul is a classy guy that I really wanted to see win a ring.  No matter how tough it got for him at times in Philadelphia he was always upbeat, and positive.  He’ll be missed in the clubhouse.

The Phillies will get a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft from the Yankees for the signing of Raul.  The Phillies had offered Ibanez salary arbitration last winter, with the a gentleman’s agreement that Ibanez would not accept it.  Pretty classy move on the part of Ibanez.

Good luck to you Raul, but I hope your team loses.

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2 Responses to “Thanks Rauuuuuul!”

  1. mlblogsbarbward February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    For Raul’s sake, I’m glad that a team picked him up. He is a class act!

    • Priya February 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      I gotta drgisaee on the contract being a loss. Powerwise Dunn is the only other guy that could have been a consideration. The problem with Dunn is he was so bad in the field that he makes both Ibanez, and Burrell look like Ken Griffey Jr. in his prime. Offensively Dunn is the only one who outproduced Ibanez over the life of the contract. Btw, I would drgisaee that Ibanez was as bad a fielder as Burrell. Pat Burrell, while he as a much better arm, is a statue that will only catch what is hit directly at him. Looking at the other contracts given he got a deal that was basically the going rate. With Burrell, yes it was clear that he was near the end of being an everyday outfielder due to health. Remember he also turned down a 2 year deal for 22+ million. Ibanez did not retard the progression of Dom Brown and Michael Taylor. If you looked at their progression through the system and his contract it is clear that the 3 year deal was set to expire at about the time Dom Brown would be ready. What did retard Brown if anything did was keeping him up in 2010 as bench player in late July and August when he should have been down on the farm playing everyday. In the end I would rate the contract as a wash to a slight win. I drgisaee with you slightly. I believe it as an ok signing not a great one and not a bad one. Also I believe the biggest mistake that was made from the winter of 2008 through the 2009 season was after dealing for Cliff Lee not getting Halladay immediately after that. Amaro gave the Jays basically the same package in the winter of 2009 that he balked at before the trade deadline during the 2009 season. If he swings the Halladay deal right after the Lee trade, the Phillies win the 2009 World Series.

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