Last offseason, fresh off his team's first championship in nearly three decades, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. pounced on free agent OF, Raul Ibanez to fill the void left by the departed fan favorite, Pat Burrell. Amaro acted quickly, as the rival Mets were reportedly hot on the trail for the left-handed slugger. The rookie GM offered the 36-year old Ibanez a three-year, $31.5 million deal, to which he quickly agreed to. Unquestionably benefiting from the gleam of his shiny new World Series ring, the signing was met with little backlash, though if you listened closely, you could hear the whispers of doubt: Will Ibanez be worth $10 million at the age of 39? Could he play left field all nine innings? Why another left-handed bat? All of those concerns were quickly put to rest when Ibanez absolu ...
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