Mar 122011
Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

By Justin Adkins:

The Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed on a four-year contract extension.

The move was reportedly agreed on yesterday, and just like with manager Charlie Manuel on Wednesday, the next day saw an official announcement.

“Since becoming our general manager in November of 2008, Ruben has done an outstanding job,” team general partner David Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. “He has been an excellent leader for our baseball operations personnel, surrounding himself with a very capable staff which he uses very well. Ruben has shown great judgment in his player moves and enjoys a strong relationship with [manager] Charlie [Manuel], our coaches and the players.”

Amaro has been a member of the Phils front office since 1999, when he retired as a player.  He spent many years as assistant general manager under Ed Wade, serving again in the same capacity when the Phillies smartly booted the formerly bespectacled buffoon and hired Pat Gillick.

When Gillick retired following the Phillies capture of 2008’s World Bleeping Championship, Amaro was hired as the team’s new general manager.

He’s gone on to acquire the best pitcher in baseball in Roy Halladay, and after short-sightedly trading away Cliff Lee following the Halladay acquistion, Amaro was man enough to rectify the mistake by landing Lee in free agency.

Oh yeah, and he also snagged ace righty Roy Oswalt from the afore-mentioned buffoon in Houston.

The Phillies are now poised to compete again for a World Series title, and much of the credit should go to Amaro, who will hopefully continue to earn every dollar paid on this new contract.  With an aging core and a closing window, he’s going to have his work cut out for him.

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