User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
M's officially announce Raul Ibanez deal

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners officially announced their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez on Wednesday, returning the veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996.

Advertisement
Seattle confirmed an agreement with Ibanez over the weekend but needed to clear a roster spot before making the transaction official. That took place when the Mariners designated for assignment right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Mitchell was acquired from the New York Yankees in the trade last July for Ichiro Suzuki.

The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. This will be his third stint with the Mariners, after rejoining them from 2004-08.

``Raul is the ultimate professional both on and off the field,'' Seattle manager Eric Wedge said in a statement. ``His veteran presence will be invaluable to our younger group of players.''

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik has said the team wanted to add veteran leadership in the offseason. The 40-year-old Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at_bats for the Yankees last season.

Including the playoffs, Ibanez hit five home runs that tied the score for the Yankees and eight that put New York ahead, according to STATS. He homered twice after entering as a pinch hitter on Sept. 22 in a 10-9, 14-inning win over Oakland. And with New York fighting for the AL East title, he delivered a tying, pinch-hit homer against Boston in the ninth Oct. 2 and then singled in the winning run in the 12th.

Then in Game 3 of the division series against Baltimore, he became the first player in major league history to homer twice in a postseason game he didn't start. He pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning and hit a tying home run, then hit a winning shot in the 12th.

Three days later, his two-run homer in a four-run ninth inning tied the AL championship series opener against Detroit, a game the Yankees lost 6-4 in 12 innings as the Tigers started their way to a four-game sweep.

Whether there's another season of production left in Ibanez's bat is uncertain. He'll be joining the worst offensive team in baseball, which has tried to make incremental upgrades during the offseason but has been unable to make a huge splash.

Seattle last week added power-hitting Kendrys Morales in a trade that sent left-hander Jason Vargas to the Los Angeles Angels. Former Yankees prospect Jesus Montero started 77 games at designated hitter last season for the Mariners and 55 behind the plate, so Ibanez's acquisition by the Mariners could make catcher John Jaso expendable. Jaso made 39 starts behind the plate and 44 at DH.

The Mariners also signed former Mets slugger Jason Bay to a one-year deal in the hope that he could restart a career that fell off in New York. But there remain questions about whether any of the three can make a significant difference to Seattle's scuffling offense.

``In Raul we have a player and person with outstanding leadership skills who has participated in postseason play the last several years,'' Zduriencik said. ``We will give Raul the opportunity to come in and compete and add an additional veteran presence to this ball club.''

In 17 major league seasons that also included time with Kansas City (2001-03) and Philadelphia (2009-11), Ibanez has a .278 career average with 271 home runs and 1,116 RBIs.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Cubs power past Cards in DH opener, 5-1
Surging Pirates sneak past Reds, 3-2
Sale Ks 13, White Sox beat Tigers 6-3
Bautista homers, Jays beat Yanks 2-0
MLB replay begins stroll toward postseason
Tigers promote Ryan, designate Miller
Pirates recall Morel from Triple-A
Mets' Herrera youngest player in MLB
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
26-12, +1,820 L38, +4,011 TY
6-1 +520 L4 Days, 20-6 G-Plays
19-7 Run, 24-10 L34 Guarantees
16-7 L23 G-Plays, +3,315 TY
15-4 L19, 22-6 +1,765 This Month
12-5 L17 G-Plays, 17-8 +1,057 Run
8-4 +463 L12, +2,443 This Year
9-4 L13 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 +409 Y'day, +2,539 TY
9-3 Last 12 Guarantees
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7725
Kevin Rogers + 4081
Doc's Sports + 3315
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2343
Kevin Rogers + 2217
Dave Cokin + 2204
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2361
Tony Stoffo + 1865
Joe Williams + 853
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2102
Kyle Hunter + 1656
Dave Cokin + 1450
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2249
Kevin Rogers + 1979
Mike Rose + 1406
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 3178
Kevin Rogers + 2276
Doc's Sports + 1035
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!