The fall of Pat Burrellby Eric Schwartz
When Raul Ibanez got off to such a poor start on the heals of a bad second half last season chatter began about whether or not the decision to sign him to a three year deal was a mistake. There is still fear that Ibanez’s contract could be one of the factors that keeps the team from re-signing Jayson Werth at season’s end. Time wll tell if that holds true.
There is one thing we know for sure, however.
The decision to sign Ibanez was a lot smarter than bringing back Pat The Bat.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays shipped the slumping Burrell down to the minor league’s today, a move that could in no way have been envisioned when they signed him last offseason.
This season he is hitting a measly .202 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. You can read the ESPN.com report here.
What a downfall for a player who got to leadoff the Phillies World Series parade.