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Mariners, Phillies weigh Raul Ibanez return

Dec 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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Having already seen Russell Martin and Eric Chavez sign elsewhere, the Yankees could next lose Raul Ibanez to a more interested suitor. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners, Phillies and Rangers are interested in the 40-year-old.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Ibanez would prefer to remain with the Yankees, but he’s growing a bit antsy since they’ve been slow to move. Ibanez already intends to retire to Seattle, so rejoining the Mariners might be attractive to him.

If Ibanez returned to Seattle, it’d be his third stint with the team. He also played for the Phillies from 2009-11. Ibanez hit .240/.308/.453 with 19 homers and 62 RBI in 384 at-bats for the Yankees last season. He also contributed three memorable homers in the postseason.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I would hate to see Ibanez sign somewhere else he did an excellent job for the Yankees last year. I think he might have even done better if the Yankees didn’t have to use him so much with Gardner’s injury. Watching Ibanez last year he seemed to wear down some where he played to often.

  2. chaseutley - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Thank you for your contribution to the club, Raul, but your services are no longer needed.

    • tuberippin - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      No more atrocious defense in the outfield, please.

      I’d like to see him re-unite with the Mariners though. He could DH and they could slide Jesus Montero from DH to 1B and have him spell at C.

  3. rajplayscoy - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    As a Phillies fan, and a baseball fan in general, I really do appreciate Ibanez for the professionalism he’s displayed in his career. That being said, as a potential outfielder for the Phillies, that really makes no sense, and would be done out of pure desperation from RAJ. Now do what Nancy would do and just say no.

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