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Royals sign .157-hitting Angels castoff Raul Ibanez

Jun 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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You’d think that hitting .157 in 57 games as a 42-year-old and getting released by the Angels would signal the end of the line for Raul Ibanez, but instead he’s quickly found a new home and a major-league contact with the Royals.

Ibanez had a lot of success in Kansas City from 2001-2003 and it’s certainly worth noting that he smacked 29 homers last season, but he looked awfully washed up with the Angels and if this move was going to come from any general manager Dayton Moore would probably have been most people’s first guess.

Presumably the Royals will limit Ibanez’s playing time to occasional starts at designated hitter and some bench bat work, although with Moore and manager Ned Yost you never know.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Based on the Indians’ success with (or despite) Jason Giambi, the new Moneyball market inefficiency apparently is punchless forty-something batters who can’t field.

    • moogro - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Bring on Manny!

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Why didn’t Ruben A. sign him back to Philly to be part of the stretch run?

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Damon is sitting in his parlor saying, why not me?! I hit over .200!

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    .157 batting average

    .258 on base percentage

    .265 slugging percentage

    .523 OPS (there are several players whose slugging % ALONE are higher than his OPS)

    50 OPS+

    26% percentage of at bats he’s striking out this season

    the Royals have NO ONE in their ENTIRE minor league farm system that isn’t worthy of being called up so the Royals don’t have to endure this kind of production from a once good ballplayer?

    Nothing against Raul. It’s simply life, Father Time and all…

    I don’t blame Raul if they are giving him money for nothing, that’s on THEM…

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      YOU are DOING it AGAIN. Lol!

      Sorry 18. I couldn’t help myself.
      As usual however, the gist of your post is on POINT.

  4. J. Robert Hanson - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Curious signing indeed.

  5. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I give it less than 10 days before Ned Yost does his typical act of baffling managing by inserting Ibanez as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning against a LHP.

  6. jimatkins - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Signing a guy 50 points below the Mendoza Line, in the town where the Mendoza Line was invented. Look at the Angel fan websites to see the unbridled glee with which Ibanez’s release was greeted- freed up playing time for Cron and Cowgill and we’re already seeing the benefits of that. Now if we can just sweettalk the Royals into Albert…

    • jerze2387 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      If albert can slide back over to 3B, itd be an improvement for the royals actually

  7. yahmule - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I hope the guy turns it around just so he doesn’t have to go out with numbers that ugly.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Yeah…I have always liked him. Would be nice to see him put up some decent numbers the remainder of the season and call it good.

  8. sportsdrenched - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I loved Raul Ibanez when he was last a Royal. I was genuinely pissed when he went to the Mariners. From what I remember of his departure; Allard Baird did make a competitive contract offer, but Mrs Ibanez wanted to go back to Seattle.

    However, that was 10 years ago. And like Gleeman said; the levels of Workplace baseball weirdness continue to emanate from the Royals front office. This should shock no one.

    • geoknows - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      No. Ibanez wanted to stay in KC, but he wanted a three year contract, and Baird would only offer two years. The Mariners went three, so back to Seattle he went.

  9. Tyree Studio - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I understand the basic sentiment (Dayton Moore is a moron, only the Royals, etc) but I think it’s worth a shot. What is it going to cost really? Some Glass money and taking AB’s away from Dyson/Aoki/& under achieving Butler? Give him one last shot to end his career on a positive note. If he can’t find some old magic in 2-3 weeks then cut bait and try something else.

    Wouldn’t be happening if Moose and Hosmer weren’t crapping the bed.

  10. hoopmatch - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Does anyone else think Ibanez resembles a brontosaurus?

    • kcroyal - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      I was thinking maybe a character from Dallas Buyers Club.

  11. kgfugitive - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    If only Mike Scioscia was the manager of KC so that Raul could start everyday and hit in the clean up spot.

  12. randomjoeblow - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    He’d be a better everyday 3rd baseman than Moustakas..

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