Easily the Phillies' most important offseason move.
With Ibanez signing a deal of three years worth $30 million, the Phillies have freed themselves of the whole Pat Burrell situation in left field, allowing the free agent to find a new home.
And the Phillies added a more versatile left fielder that may not require that defensive replacement late in games.
Ibanez may not be that big of an upgrade in speed, but he is much better than Burrell when it comes to driving in runs.
Take a look at last season's stats:
Runs Batted In
Not to mention Burrell's inconsistencies. The first half of the season, he led the Phillies.
Not so much towards the end. His highs are high, but his lows are way too low.
It should be a great move as long as Ibanez stays healthy, and a big financial load of the organization’s back by removing Burrell's salary.