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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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Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling Billy Butler found himself in a strange place, on the bench and out of the Kansas City Royals starting lineup. But Butler was needed late on Friday night and he delivered a pinch two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to send the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler conne ...
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4 days ago

Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling Billy Butler found himself in a strange place, on the bench and out of the Kansas City Royals starting lineup. But Butler was needed late on Friday night and he delivered a pinch two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to send the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost fi ...
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4 days ago

Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch-hitting for Raul Ibanez. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Aaron Crow worked around a lead ...
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4 days ago

Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling Billy Butler found himself in a strange place, on the bench and out of the Kansas City Royals starting lineup. But Butler was needed late on Friday night and he delivered a pinch two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to send the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive ov ...
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4 days ago

Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Struggling Billy Butler found himself in a strange place, on the bench and out of the Kansas City Royals starting lineup. But Butler was needed late on Friday night and he delivered a pinch two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to send the Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler connected against John ...
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4 days ago

Butler’s two-run HR lifts Royals past Indians

Jul 25 2014 10:40pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch-hitting for Raul Ibanez. Kelvin Herrera (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Aaron Crow worked around a ...
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6 weeks ago

No One Can Find Raul Ibanez's Foul Ball

Jun 18 2014 12:38am CDT | Source: Deadspin

Raul Ibanez hit a foul ball in today's Angels-Indians game. That's not odd. The odd part is that no one found it.Read m ...
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6 weeks ago

PT TOMORROW: AL West—On borrowed time

Jun 16 2014 9:17pm CDT | Source: baseballhq

article teaser:  LAA GM Jerry DiPoto gave Raul Ibanez a late May vote of confidence, but it seems to be wearing thin in late June. But Ibanez' potential roster replacement may not be an easy call.  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim r ...
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6 weeks ago

Gattis, Johnson power Braves past Angels

Jun 13 2014 9:53pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and the Braves edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Friday night for their first interleague win. The Braves were 0-6 against American League teams before taking advantage of four runs in the first on the two homers off C.J. Wilson (7-6), including a three-run shot by Gattis. Aaron Harang (5-5) allowed one run in six innings to end a streak of five consecutive starts without a win. Braves right fielder J ...
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6 weeks ago

Gattis, Johnson power Braves past Angels

Jun 13 2014 9:53pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and the Braves edged the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Friday night for their first interleague win. The Braves were 0-6 against American League teams before taking advantage of four runs in the first on the two homers off C.J. Wilson (7-6), including a three-run shot by Gattis. Aaron Harang (5-5) allowed one run in six innings to end a streak of five consecutive ...
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