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Raul gets what he wants - in typical Ibanez fashion

Raul Ibanez has reached agreement with Philadelphia on a three-year, $30 million contract, pending a physical - and done it in typical Ibanez fashion.

The deal will be announced in Philadelphia, probably on Tuesday, a Phillies source said.

Ibanez didn't want his agent playing one team against another, didn't try to break the bank.

What he wanted was a third year, and got it, from a team that just won the World Series.

The Seattle Mariners couldn't have done much better. They'll get two picks in the June draft - and won't have to face Ibanez any time soon.

That's no small thing.

As a visiting player, Ibanez dominated Safeco Field. As an opponent, he hit Mariners pitching like he knew what was coming.

Like J.J. Putz, Ibanez will be missed in Seattle as much for the man he is as the Mariner he was.