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MLB: LA Angels Close to Signing DH Raul Ibanez for 1 Year, $2.75 M
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MLB: LA Angels Close to Signing DH Raul Ibanez for 1 Year, $2.75 M

Dec 20 2013, 1:13am CST | by

The Los Angeles Angels are close to signing veteran designated hitter Raul Ibanez to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million.

The Los Angeles Angels are close to signing veteran designated hitter Raul Ibanez.  Ken Gurnick of the team's official website posted an update on this development on Dec. 18, saying the one-year...

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MLB: LA Angels Close to Signing DH Raul Ibanez for 1 Year, $2.75 M

Dec 20 2013, 1:13am CST | by

MLB: LA Angels Close to Signing DH Raul Ibanez for 1 Year, $2.75 M Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Los Angeles Angels are close to signing veteran designated hitter Raul Ibanez to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million.

The Los Angeles Angels are close to signing veteran designated hitter Raul Ibanez

Ken Gurnick of the team's official website posted an update on this development on Dec. 18, saying the one-year deal is "pending a physical" and that the club has yet to comment on the acquisition.

He states the contract with the Angels is worth $2.75 million -- the same amount he earned in 2013 with the Seattle Mariners -- which also has incentives that could allow Ibanez to earn as much as $5 million in 2014

ESPN Los Angeles' Jerry Crasnick also writes the team "is close" to signing Ibanez.

On the other hand, The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reported the Angels "have agreed to terms" with the veteran slugger on the same day Gurnick's update was posted. Shaikin notes Ibanez would take over the designated hitter spot left by Mark Trumbo, who wound up with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade on Dec. 10. 

The Angels got lefties Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks in the deal. 

Both Gurnick and Shaikin state that the impending signing of Ibanez as the Angels' new designated hitter leaves just one major void in their lineup: a starting pitcher. The latter writer, in particular, says the team has roughly $13 million to $15 million in its salary cap which would allow it to make a stab for a starter in the mold of a Matt Garza or Masahiro Tanaka. 

The 41-year-old Ibanez is entering his 19th major-league season, posting a career batting average of .276 and hitting 300 home runs, per Crasnick. 

He has previously suited up for the Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Mariners. Ibanez was a National League All-Star in 2009 while with the Phillies, according to Gurnick. 

Meanwhile, Shaikin points out Ibanez will be the second-oldest player in the majors in 2014 next to Cleveland Indians slugger Jason Giambi, who is seven months older. 

 

 
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4 days ago

Royals orchestrate late-game rally to top Twins

Aug 27 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each drove in a pair of runs during the surge, which came after the Twins’ Phil Hughes (14-9) had stymied the Royals for the first seven innings. Wade Davis (8-2) pitched a perfect eighth to earn his second straight win, and All-Star closer Greg Holland wor ...
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4 days ago

Royals orchestrate late-game rally to top Twins

Aug 27 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each drove in a pair of runs during the surge, which came after the Twins’ Phil Hughes (14-9) had stymied the Royals for the first seven innings. Wade Davis (8-2) pitched a perfect eighth to earn his s ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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4 days ago

Royals orchestrate late-game rally to top Twins

Aug 27 2014 9:51pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each drove in a pair of runs during the surge, which came after the Twins’ Phil Hughes (14-9) had stymied the Royals for the first seven innings. Wade Davis (8-2) pitched a perfect eighth to earn his second straight win, and All-Star closer Greg Holland worked around a single ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals: A veteran presence

Aug 17 2014 11:29pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

Veteran Raul Ibanez congratulates Alex Gordon as he enters the dugout (zimbio.com). The Kansas City Royals improved to a record of 68-55 after Sunday’s 12-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. They now stand a game and a half above the Detroit Tigers to lead the American League Central. Currently winning 20 of their last 25 games, the Royals have found success lately with a strong veteran presence in the clubhouse. A new look With in season acquisitions such as Raul Ibanez and most ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals Acquire Josh Willingham

Aug 11 2014 7:03pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins have agreed to a trade, that will send outfielder Josh Willingham to the Royals in exchange for pitcher Jason Adam.#451929426 / gettyimages.comKansas City had to make a move to acquire more offense. The Royals are 63-53, and currently hold one of the two wildcard spots in the American League. They also are only a 1/2 game back of the Detroit Tigers for the di ...
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3 weeks ago

Royals acquire Josh Willingham from Twins

Aug 11 2014 6:42pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Royals added another bat for the stretch run, trading for Minnesota's Josh Willingham. The Kansas City Royals made an attempt to bolster their offense on Monday, striking a deal with Minnesota for designated hitter Josh Willingham. The Royals sent minor league pitcher Jason Adam to Minnesota in exchange, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City is in the thick of t ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Josh Willingham to Royals: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Aug 11 2014 6:39pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Ten days ago, the Kansas City Royals stood firm, electing not to make any moves as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline came and passed.  Seven wins in a row can instantly change a game plan, though. With the AL Central lead suddenly within the team's grasp, general manager Dayton Moore has swung a deal with the Minnesota Twins for left fielder Josh Willingham that will send minor leaguer Jason Adam to the T ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Royals, Tigers Interested In Daniel Nava

Aug 11 2014 2:50pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Though Daniel Nava has yet to be placed on waivers, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, he’s already begun to draw trade interest from the Royals and Tigers as the AL Central frontrunners each search for a bat to add to their lineup (Twitter link). The 31-year-old Nava is hitting just .248/.327/.310 this season, but he carries a significant platoon split and would likely see his overall numbers improve were he to face only right-handed pitching. ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals: Raul Ibanez Filling In Nicely For Eric Hosmer

Aug 2 2014 8:33am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

With the stress fracture in Eric Hosmer’s finger keeping him out for 3-6 weeks, the Kansas City Royals will most likely look to increase the role of Raul Ibanez. Billy Butler will slide over from designated hitter to be the Royals’ everyday first baseman, which will open up the DH spot for Ibanez. This plan wo ...
Source: Rant Sports   Full article at: Rant Sports
 

 
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4 weeks ago

Cespedes-less A's blanked by Royals

Aug 2 2014 12:03am CDT | Source: ESPN.com - MLB

Raul Ibanez homered to break his own franchise record for oldest Royals player to clear the fences, and Kansas City beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Friday night. ...
Source: ESPN.com - MLB   Full article at: ESPN.com - MLB
 

 

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