Reaction to Ibanez Signing
I’m late in writing about the Phils’ recent signing of free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez to a three-year, $30 million contract, but I think most thinking human beings recognize that it was an illogical signing at best. The differences between Ibanez and Pat Burrell are few, but those few all point to Burrell being the better option.
The similarities: Both play poor defense; both are likely to OPS+ around 120 and probably higher; both are Type A free agents.
The differences: Ibanez is five years older and is left-handed.
I defended GM Ruben Amaro Jr. not offering arbitration to Burrell (and Jamie Moyer) at the time, but it was with the following caveat:
The subtraction of Burrell (-20) might offset any regression to the mean by the rest of the gang, but not if he’s replaced by someone like Ibanez, who is nearly as poor a defender.
Eric Seidman has elaborated on the signing at FanGraphs and no doubt many of the other popular baseball analysis websites have analyzed it as well.
To put a cap on Ibanez’s defense, check out these animated GIF’s courtesy a poster (#17 in the comments) at Baseball Think Factory: