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Angels release Raul Ibanez

Jun 21, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels have released OF/DH Raul Ibanez.

The 42-year-old has had a tough year at the plate, slashing .157/.258/.265 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 190 plate appearances. It’s a far cry from the numbers he put up with the Mariners last season, when he hit 29 home runs and posted a .793 OPS.

Given his age and rapidly declining production, Ibanez will likely consider retirement. Ibanez is a veteran of 19 seasons, having hit 303 career home runs, driven in 1,202 runs, and the author of a 273/.336/.467 slash line. He made his only All-Star team in 2009 with the Phillies.

Ibanez’s departure means more playing time for C.J. Cron. In 110 plate appearances in his first season in the major leagues, Cron is slashing .283/.309/.491 with four home runs and 16 RBI.

  1. mrslusar - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    :(

  2. jerze2387 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    maybe hes old enough to stick in philly now

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      By law it has to be either the Phillies or the Yankees…

      If they both want him, they have to flip a coin…

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      The Angels still need a closer; why not see what sort of wing Ibanez has?

  3. bfriley76 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Or he could start for the Mets

  4. andreweac - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Amaro is personally flying to LA to sign Ibanez as his savior.

  5. shockertalk - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Scioscia is a great guy for sticking with Ibanez so long. Well, he’s a great loser too, but a great guy nevertheless.

    Now, if Scioscia can solve his “closer” problems, we might be willing to keep him next year.

    Mike. Dude. You have waaay too much talent on this team not to be doing better Manage! Or let someone else do it.

  6. 1998yanks - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    He will play at Yankees Old Timers Day next year.

  7. norvturnersneck - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    👍 next!

  8. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Didn’t he just receive the dreaded vote of confidence?

    • infieldhit - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Please tell me Scioscia was given a vote of confidence after that Cleveland fiasco.

  9. clydeserra - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I am sure Scioscia will put his name on the lineup card anyway

    • infieldhit - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      His problem seems to be that he gets too enamored with the guy on the front of the baseball card, and pays no attention to the stats on the back.

  10. shawnuel - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Oh, Gawd, no! That almost certainly means the Mariners will pick him up yet, AGAIN!

  11. art2man - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Ruben has already called his agent.

  12. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    The Phillies WILL sign him, hell, the deal is already completed.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      So, that means Amaro’s man-crush on Grady Sizemore has been supplanted?

  13. renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    I’d say, let the guy pitch.

  14. douglaspettibone - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    God bless you Raul. I am going miss you and will look forward to following your career with the next team.

  15. jarathen - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    This is especially good for Grant Green, who is back with the team already but is a solid hitter without a good natural position on defense.

    • 1981titan - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Please put him at 3rd base, where the other non-hitting off season Angel pick-up is playing.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Actually, the Freeseman is still hitting better than Bourjos, at this end of that trade, who is still ice cold.

    • clydeserra - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      as an A’s fan, I beg you to put grant green at third.

  16. whatacrocker - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    This is the difference between the Angels and the Yankees: we eventually cut or trade OUR over-the-hill scrubs.

    • dcarroll73 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Yeah, that is the difference along with the number of WS championships the club has.

      • whatacrocker - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        If I was a Yankee fan, I’d live in the past, too. Not like there’s much for you in the present.

  17. 1998yanks - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Like the angels are just going to “cut” pujols in a few years when he is DONE. I look forward to seeing those ANGEL contracts pan out.

  18. pisano - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Don’t do it Cashman, this guy is done, and at 42, he’s too old, even for the Yankees.

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