Phillies, GM Amaro agree to 4-year deal

Associated Press
Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Philadelphia Phillies and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. agreed to a four-year contract extension Saturday.

Amaro, entering his third season on the job, helped the Phillies to back-to-back National League East titles and the NL pennant in 2009. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"For the last two and a half years, my opinion is he's done an outstanding job for the organization," team president David Montgomery said. "I remember at the time we hired Ruben, my quote was I said, 'I thought he had a situation where he had been excellently prepared for this opportunity' and I think, in my judgment he's exceeded the expectations we had for him at that time."

The Phillies have the most wins in the National League (190-134) and trail only the New York Yankees (198-126) in all of baseball in Amaro's first two seasons on the job. Amaro took over for soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pat Gillick after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.

Amaro was entering the third and final year of his contract before Saturday's extension.

l YANKEES: Left-hander Kei Igawa has spoken with his family in northern Japan and is returning home after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.

The Yankees said Igawa's family is okay and that he is flying to Japan. Igawa was excused from Friday's workout so he could try to contact family members.

In the final season of a five-year, $20 million contract, Igawa is on the roster of Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has not pitched in the majors since 2008.

l BREWERS: Left fielder Ryan Braun left Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning because of a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Braun started in left and wasn't involved in any plays in the top of the inning. After the inning, Braun retreated to the clubhouse with Roger Caplinger, the Brewers head athletic trainer. He is day-to-day.

Braun is 5 for 16 this spring with two homers and five RBI.

l METS: Catcher Ronny Paulino arrived in camp after a three-week delay because of visa problems caused by his 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

After Saturday's workout, Paulino is scheduled to catch a minor-league game Sunday.

l RED SOX: Adrian Gonzalez had a single and a sacrifice fly in his first game with Boston, which beat the Florida Marlins 9-2.

Gonzalez, who was acquired in a trade with San Diego in December, had been held back to rehab his surgically repaired right shoulder.

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