Phillies Sign Raul Ibanez
According to various reports, the Phillies have signed Raul Ibanez to fill the left field position vacated by Pat Burrell.
Sounds good to me. First, it keeps Ibanez off the Mets — let him stumble around CBP rather than Citi Field next season. At 36 years old, his all-around skills are diminishing quickly and he’s simply not worth the three years and $30M the Phils have given him. Though Ibanez supposedly is a good clubhouse presence and a fine, upstanding citizen, that doesn’t replace the fact he’s never played on a winner, and it’s too much money and too many years.
Of course, he’ll likely prove me wrong and have a monster season in homer-happy Citizen’s Bank Park, which I suspect was built according to Ripken Baseball dimensions.
Besides taking too many years and too much money from Philadelphia, I like that it puts another lefthanded hitter in the middle of their lineup. Now, it’s time to stop fooling around and re-sign Oliver Perez. Give him 4 years / $55M. Let him have the patented Boras opt-out after two if necessary.
Further, I also believe that Ibanez — who has spent his entire career in the AL — will have trouble adjusting to the National League. Watch him struggle for at least the first few months as he faces pitchers he’s never seen before.
With Ibanez off the table, what corner outfielder to the Mets go after next? Unfortunately, probably Bobby Abreu, who is worse than Ibanez. I don’t care that Johan Santana wants Abreu — the Venezuelan national team plays in March. In April we play the real games, and need real players. If the Mets are hell-bent on putting a circus clown in left field, let’s make it Adam Dunn. Or heck, why not Pat the Bat?
1. Yes i am glad Raul is there. But I think he IS an upgrade over Burrell. But burrell wasa such a power threat you had to respect him. NOW I think the mets might have to look at Manny. But I think there will be other options.
Say no to Ollie. I want the picks!
Screw the picks, Mic. They do nothing to help the Mets win in 2009. The next best plan after trading for Peavy is to re-sign Ollie, let him be the #3/#4, and let Pedro and Niese battle for the #5.
I actually don’t think the Mets will bring in any new OFs unless Church is traded. I could be wrong, but I think Omar is serious about going with a Tatis/Murphy platoon in LF.
I never thought I would have said this, but I’d give Ollie 5 years if necessary. The dearth of starting pitching is showing no signs of turning around anytime soon.
Though, I still don’t think Ibanez was worth 3 years, and I doubt another team would’ve gone beyond 2.