SEATTLE —Former Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant to Andrew Friedman, the club’s president of baseball operations. Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was also hired to a similar post.
Ibanez, 43, and Maddux, 49, will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting and player development. They will also work with major-league players and prospects throughout the club’s minor-league system.
It marks Ibanez’s first front-office position after a 19-year career from 1996-2014 that included three tours with the Mariners (1996-2000, 2004-08 and 2013). He compiled a .272 career average with 305 homers and 1,207 RBIs in 2,161 games.
Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims expects to be sufficiently recovered from recent prostate surgery to take part when Root Sports begins its telecasts from spring training in early March.
Sims, 62, underwent surgery Jan. 15 to remove his prostate after a routine late November examination revealed heightened prostate-specific antigen.
"I had no symptoms at all," Sims told MLB.com. "We finished the baseball season, and I felt like a million dollars. I was working out like a mad man, I felt great, and then this happened."
Sims is entering his 10th year as a Mariners broadcaster. His career resume also includes extensive national experience in baseball, basketball and football.
"We found it pretty early," Sims told MLB.com, "and were pretty aggressive and got it out of there. Timing played into it. I'm grateful beyond words and moving forward."
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