Phillies sign GM to extension
By Sports Network
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Phillies have signed general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to a four-year contract extension through the 2015 season.
Amaro has been at the post since November of 2008, just days after Pat Gillick went out a champion when the Phillies captured the second World Series title in franchise history with a five-game triumph over Tampa Bay.
The move comes just two days after the Phillies announced a contract extension for manager Charlie Manuel through the 2013 campaign.
"Since becoming our general manager in November of 2008, Ruben has done an outstanding job," said Phillies president David Montgomery in a statement. "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 Charlie, our coaches and the players."
Under Amaro's watch, the Phils have continued the run of success started by Gillick. They've won two more NL East titles to run their streak to four straight and followed the World Series triumph in '08 with another appearance in the Fall Classic the following year, losing in six games to the New York Yankees.
Last year's team was denied a third straight World Series trip with a loss to eventual champion San Francisco in the NL Championship Series.
Amaro began his front office career as Philadelphia's assistant GM in 1999, first serving under Ed Wade until 2005 and Gillick for three seasons before taking over the operations.
A Philadelphia native, Amaro played for the Angels, Phillies and Indians during an eight-year career. He was also a Phillies bat boy from 1980-83.