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Phillies reach deal with Raul Ibanez
Associated Press
2008-12-13 12:45 PM
The Philadelphia Phillies have reached a preliminary agreement with outfielder Raul Ibanez on a $31.5 million, three-year contract.

Ibanez will receive a $2 million signing bonus, payable this year, a $6.5 million salary next season and $11.5 million each in 2010 and 2011.

The agreement is subject to Ibanez passing a physical, two people familiar with negotiations said Friday, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet finalized.

The 36-year-old, who takes over in left field from Pat Burrell, batted .293 last season for Seattle with 43 doubles, 23 homers and 110 RBIs.

Ibanez drove in 100 or more runs in each of the past three seasons in Seattle.

Philadelphia also agreed one-year contracts with infielder Eric Bruntlett ($800,000) and pitcher Clay Condrey ($650,000). The Phillies did not offer a new contract to pitcher Scott Mathieson, making him a free agent.

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AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.

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