Raul Ibañez signs 1-year deal with Angels

McClatchy News ServicesDecember 19, 2013 

Raul Ibañez reportedly won’t be wearing a Mariners uniform next season, agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Raul Ibañez apparently has said goodbye to the Seattle Mariners … for the third time in his career.

According to reports Wednesday, Ibañez reached agreement on a one-year, $2.75 million contract with incentives that could increase the value to $5 million to play for American League West rival Los Angeles Angels.

Ibañez tied Ted Williams’ major league record and led the Mariners with 29 home runs at the age of 41 last season. He batted .242 and was third on the team behind Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager with 64 RBI.

But he tailed off in the second half of the season, hitting .203 with five home runs compared to .267 and 24 homers in the first half.

The Mariners didn’t view re-signing Ibañez as a high priority, according to MLB.com. They were in need of right-handed hitters and signed Corey Hart, who is expected rotate between outfield, first base and designated hitter.

Seattle also traded for Logan Morrison, who, like Ibañez, hits from the left and would also rotate at designated hitter.

Ibañez started his career in 1996 with the Mariners. He played with the Kansas City Royals from 2001-03 then returned to Seattle for five years before he signed on for a third stint with the M’s last season.

Ibañez is expected to replace Mark Trumbo as a left-handed designated hitter with the Angels after they traded Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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