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Amaro Signs 4-Year Extension


Amaro says he's signing an extension, too. (Photo:

According to John Finger of, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is nearing a contract extension with the team. This comes just a day after the club officially announced the signing of manager Charlie Manuel for two more seasons.

Finger says Amaro has told people that it’s a done deal.

Opinions vary when it comes to the job Amaro has done with the Phillies. While he’s facilitated some unbelievable trades and acquisition (Halladay, Lee) he’s also made some interesting or not-so-incredible moves (Ibanez three-year deal, Howard extension).

The GM’s public persona has also come into question. Many see Amaro as smug or condescending in nature, which sort of hurts his appearance. Being around Amaro for a short amount of time, however, and you’ll see he’s a very well spoken, matter-of-fact person who likes to keep information close to the vest.

Whether you like him or you don’t, he’ll be sticking around in Philly a while longer – which is something he has undoubtedly earned.


Here is a list of the players who have been dropped to the minor league camp.

Assigned to minor-league camp:

Brian Bass, RHP
Eddie Bonine, RHP
Andrew Carpenter, RHP
Ryan Feierabend, LHP
Michael Schwimer, RHP
Joel Naughton, C
Tagg Bozied, 1B
Rob Quinlan, INF
Matt Miller, OF

Optioned to minor-league camp:

Justin De Fratus, RHP
Drew Naylor, RHP
JC Ramirez, RHP
Harold Garcia, INF
Cesar Hernandez, INF
Carlos Rivero, INF
Matt Rizzotti, 1B

-Freddy Galvis and Mike Stutes are two names that stand out. They are not on the list of those heading to the minors as of right now – so the Phillies must like what they see out of the shortstop and reliever. Stutes in particular has been impressive.

-Scott Mathieson stays, for now. He’s oh-so-close to making the big club, can he finally get over the hump this year? He has some great competition in Stutes and Zagurski, among other.

-Other infielders staying: Josh Barfield (who I’ll be writing about today), Pete Orr, and Delwyn Young. Young has to be considered a frontrunner for a utility position with the big club. He’s been dancing around the field all spring and the Phillies seem to like having a player who can man multiple position.

-Robb Quinlan was granted a release from the team after being cut.


-Ruben Amaro has inked a four year pact with the Phillies. Here is the press release from the team:

Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has signed a four-year extension with the Phillies, taking him through the 2015 season, Team President David Montgomery announced today.

“Since becoming our general manager in November of 2008, Ruben has done an outstanding job,” said Montgomery .  He has been an excellent leader for our Baseball Operations personnel, surrounding himself with a very capable staff which he uses very well.  Ruben has shown great judgment in his player moves and enjoys a strong relationship with Charlie, our coaches and the players.”

Amaro, 46, has served as GM of the Phillies for the past two seasons as the team has posted the best record in the National League (190-134) and second-best among all major league clubs, trailing only the New York Yankees (198-126).  The Phillies have made the playoffs in both years, including winning the NL pennant in 2009, his first year as GM.  Also in 2009, the Phillies won Organization of the Year, an annual award from Baseball America, and Amaro was named Executive of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

In two years as GM, Amaro acquired over 30 players that have appeared in the major leagues with the Phillies, including four 20-game winners: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee (twice), Roy Oswalt and Pedro Martinez.

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  1. PhP54

    March 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Agreed. Ruben has earned it. Though, he is quite pompous, but the good outweighed the bad. If he gets rid of Baez and signs Eckstein to a minor league deal as a plan B for Utley, I think he would get a few more attaboys.

    PS – Pat – Don’t bad moth Raul on here – Raul is the next hall of famer according to a few here.

    • Chuck

      March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      I’m sure that the “according to a few” was directed at me (as well as a few others) ….since I’m a big supporter of Raul’s.

      Next Hall of Famer?? I never said that. But when he wasn’t hurt and recovering from the injury in mid-2009 and subsequent offseason hernia surgery ….. he only helped to CARRY this team. Go to and look up the splits yourself (I’ve posted them twice on this site and don’t feel like doing it again). It’s fairly obvious what he did in the first half of ’09 and the second half of ’10 ….and that the middle portion of his tenure was injury, surgery and recovery related.

      • Ted Bell

        March 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        I could live another 100 years and I’ll still never get this Ibanez “carrying” the team mantra.

        I’m Ted Bell.

      • PhP54

        March 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        I used no names.

        I like Raul, for the record.

    • Manny

      March 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Signing Raul was a good thing. We needed a left fielder and we got one of the very best ones out there. A 3-year deal for a player of his caliber or his track record is warranted and hasn’t prevented us from making other moves (Cliff Lee is in red pinstripes, isn’t he?). Now with Utley likely out for the beginning of the season, he’ll take an even more prominent role offensively.

      • PhP54

        March 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        I never said the initial signing was a bad sign – I said the 3 years was a bad sign. I actually would have been fine with 10M for 2-years. I just don’t see an upside to signing a 36 year old for 3 years. Just like Jeter or Werth, it will be VERY difficult for them to live up to it.

        Honestly, and I will say it again: I WANT Raul to have the career year. I want him to come up with 40 HRs and hot .350. Believe me, I want to be wrong and have to apologize to him after this year. Nothing would make me happier. Let me be wrong. I am a big man and will eat crow if he has a career year. I’d even say re-sign him for one more if he does.

        There, no question now how I feel.

      • Manny

        March 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

        Well, yea. Fair enough. But no 3rd year, and he’d probably been in an Angels uniform all this time.

  2. Brooks

    March 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Ruben has to be having the time of his life, doing what he does best. Terrific leader, right choice or not, he is definitely getting things done.
    I am excited to see what move he makes next to replace Utleys numbers and perhaps help alleviate any concerns that Jimmy is showing no improvement. Ruben will do us right, I’m sure.

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  4. philliesphanmike

    March 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I think he earned it as well. I lilke him a lot. He was supposed to be down inthe Lakewood Blueclaws area (NJ) for the winter tour not too long ago, but with all the snow we got they couldn’t make it in. I would have loved the chance to hear Manuel and Amaro speak. Oh well, maybe next year. Go Phills


  5. Chuck

    March 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    PhP54… That’s what it took to get Ibanez. It took that third year. Otherwise we would have had to choose between a nutcase in Milton Bradley and a whole bunch of sub-par possibilities. Raul Ibanez was the best that was available to the Phillies.

    And given what he’s done and the fact that he hasn’t prevented us from making any other big moves, like Manny said above, it was a good signing.

    Barring an unforeseen injury, I would almost bet that Raul has a very good, solid year. He’s healthy and he’s motivated. When he helps the Phillies win that WFC this year….this “bad signing” that everyone keeps harping about will be a moot point.

    Go Phillies!!

    • PhP54

      March 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      On that note, I will agree with you 1000%. If we get a WFC – Raul will be a moot point – but also, we cannot get one without him. Go Phillies!

  6. Chuck

    March 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Thought this was interesting. Kind of underscores the importance of Polanco and Ibanez to this line-up….especially now with Chase likely missing a chunk of time…

    • Lefty

      March 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

      That was interesting Chuck, thanks.

      The opposite side made Howard and Werth look pretty “unimportant”, although something there is flawed I think. It’s really about relevance and timing. For instance, Howard was hurt when Utley was hurt so his numbers look bad. And when Utley was playing in the beginning of the season, Ibanez was not hitting well, but when Raul started to get well and hit, Utley got hurt. I could sight several more examples, but instead of boring everyone to death, let’s just call it “Lefty’s theory of timing and relativity”

      The article is spot on about one thing, the other guys have to pick up the slack, and we don’t need a bunch of statistical mumbo jumbo or WAR to tell us who’s doing that and who’s not. Our eyes will tell us.

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