World Champs Sign Ibanez
Ibanez is the replacement for free-agent outfielder Pat Burrell who played an instrumental role in the Phillies World Series victory. Ibanez drew interest from many other clubs including the Angels, Cubs, Braves and the Mets. Ibanez became close to ex-Phillies GM Pat Gillick while he was in Seattle.
In 2008, Ibanez batted .293, hit 23 homers, batted in 110 runs; he had a .358 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage.
Source: Philadelphia Phillies (http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081212&content_id=3715027&vkey=news_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi)