VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
M's officially announce Raul Ibanez deal

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.

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Torres homers twice Yanks rout Rangers
Mikolas posts shutout; Cards beat Royals
Brewers hit 3 HRs, top Greinke, D'backs
Vargas pitches Mets over Marlins 2-0
Berrios-led Twins overtake Tigers 4-2
Pivetta helps Phillies blank Braves 3-0
Soto, Harper homer, Nats rout Padres
Machado hits 15th HR; O's edge ChiSox
Nationals move Kendrick to 60-day DL
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
12-2 G-Plays, 6-1 Totals, 17-8 Picks
5-1 +430 L6 Days, +1,345 TY
14-4 L18, 46-20 +2,887 Streak
21-9, +1,272 Last 30 G-Plays
5-0 +515 G-Plays, 8-3 +502 Picks
4-0 L2 Days, 20-9 L29 G-Plays
33-15 L48 Totals, 12-6 L18 G-Plays
13-4, +958 L17 Guarantees
3-0 L3 Picks, 10-2 +893 Run
6-3, +317 MLB Last 3 Days
8-2 L10 G-Plays, 8-3 L11 Picks
3-1 +301 Sat., 6-3 +462 L9 Picks
5-1 L6 Guaranteed Plays
5-2, +303 Record L7 Picks
17-9, +995 L26 Guarantees
3-0 Last 3 MLB G-Plays
8-1 L9 G-Plays, 8-3 L11 Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Dave Cokin
2018 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 2803
Kyle Hunter + 1345
Zack Cimini + 1051
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 2076
Kyle Hunter + 1134
Doc's Sports + 1123
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1885
Kyle Hunter + 526
NeiltheGreek + 357
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 1549
Gary Bart + 1271
Kyle Hunter + 1150
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 708
TJ Pemberton + 551
Joe Williams + 442
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1073
Joe Nelson + 820
NeiltheGreek + 506
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership