Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/25/11
The Phillies offered some veteran free agents salary arbitration this week including reliever Ryan Madson and shortstop Jimmy Rollins. No surprises there. But the third player offered a potential one-year deal should he accept raised some eyebrows with Phillies fans. Raul Ibanez?!?!? That’s right, the 39-year-old outfielder who has battled injuries and inconsistency in his three years in red pinstripes could be back to platoon for the Phightins. There is one major problem with bringing back the slugger who blasted 20 homers last season. He could earn around the same $12 million he was paid last season to likely be a platoon player in 2012. That is a lot of money for a player who would likely only get about 400 at bats and posted a measly .707 OPS last season. But the Ibanez offer was possibly a ploy by the Phightins -- with the vet’s blessing -- to try and land a sandwich draft pick in next year’s draft. Per MLB.com: While Rollins and Madson were expected to receive this of...
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