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Mariners reach agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez

Dec 22, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

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Raul Ibanez is headed back to Seattle. Again.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mariners have signed the free agent outfielder, and WFAN’s Sweeny Murti adds that it’s a one-year contract. No word yet on the financial terms.

Ibanez was drafted by Seattle in the 36th round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft and spent the first five seasons of his major league career there. He then returned in 2004 and struck around through 2008.

The 40-year-old hit .240/.308/.453 with 19 homers and 62 RBI in 130 games this past summer for the Yankees before slugging three home runs in eight postseason games. He’ll probably start in left field for the M’s against right-handed pitching.

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UPDATE, 9:18 PM: Daniel Barbarisi, Yankees beat writer for the Wall Street Journal, says Ibanez will get $2.75 million in 2013. He can also earn another $1.25 million via performance-based incentives.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Good luck to Raul. A classy guy who performed much better then expected for the 1 year he was with the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      How will the Yankees replace him if at all?

      • genericcommenter - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Platoon DH and emergency OF? I can’t imagine.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        The Yankees need a right handed power bat now for the bench. They could stay in the organization and bring up Mustelier or maybe even try and sign Hairston although I doubt that. I’m still not sure that Cashman isn’t trying to work out a trade of Granderson. We’ll have to wait and see. Still plenty of time before players have to report for spring training.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:09 AM

        Matt Diaz from the Braves is a possibilty according to the NYDN.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        proudly, I saw that. I’m not sure what he brings to the table though. It’s been 3 years since he has really done anything he doesn’t hit for power and he really isn’t a base stealing threat. Personally I’d rather see the Yankees go with Mustelier the in house option if that’s the best they can do.
        I’m still holding out for a trade whether it’s Granderson on the move or someone else, we’ll see. Still plenty of time to spring training for Cashman to make something happen.

    • tashkalucy - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Had a lot of clutch hits down the stretch and in the playoffs……

      Made up for ARod and Swisher.

      Won’t have to worry about traveling to games this coming October, though.

  2. mds326 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Truly one of the good guys and I joy to watch hit

  3. jwbiii - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Because you just can’t see this enough. . .

  4. danucks604 - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    The Mariners officially have 5 DH players. Awesome.

  5. mikeincmn - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Weird fit for the M’s, but maybe they are just thinking the Jaso season was a fluke and lets face it Smoak has done nothing to deserve playing time outside of what potential upside he still has. Upside that is fading fast in his case.

  6. trllturner18 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Mariners might actually place top 4 in the division now thanks to the Astros

  7. beastmode5150 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    This blows.

  8. seattlenative57 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Stay tuned … GMZ isn’t done yet

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Yeah, we’re all riveted by these splashy Mariner moves…..story of the off-season.

  9. retief1954 - Dec 23, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Hell, if you’re gonna go old, bring back Edgar.

  10. hoopmatch - Dec 23, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Does anyone else think Ibanez looks like a brontosaurus?

  11. nickrox33 - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    raul does not fit there team at all he cant play left field for half the season anymore let alone a full…..also its fine cuz the yankees are losing more and more people

  12. vegagreenleaf - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Great! Now we just need to bring back Griffey for one more go and our offensive ineptitude is behind us…

    • badintent - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      And Arod, Bret Boone and all the roids gang.

  13. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I’m glad the yanks passed on him but not because he was bad…he was meh all year and good in the playoffs. but let’s get a right handed bat let’s say under age 35? lol

  14. guitarken - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    The Yankees are becoming The Marlins. Except the Yankees have the highest ticket prices in the universe already. I think it’s time for the Steinbrenners to sell to someone who cares and doesn’t see only the bottom line.

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