Mariners sign Raul Ibanez

by Matthew on December 23, 2012

Free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez, whose rousing late-inning home runs in 2012 made him a fan favorite in the Big Apple, will return to the team he began his big league career with from 1996-00, then rejoined from 2004-08, after agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the deal also includes $1.25 million in performance-based incentives.

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The 40-year old hit .240/.308/.453 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs for the Yankees last season and is likely to serve as the M’s starting left fielder against right-handed pitching and a part-time DH.

He is a career .278 hitter with 271 home runs over 17 seasons playing for Seattle, Kansas City, Philadelphia and the Yankees.

Perhaps his biggest achievement though came last year when his late-game heroics lifted the Yankees to the American League East title, delivering a two-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning versus Baltimore and then adding the winning single in extra innings.

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