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Mariners officially announce Raul Ibanez signing, designate D.J. Mitchell for assignment

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm with 15 Comments »
December 26, 2012 12:46 pm

The Mariners  have officially announced the signing of Raul Ibanez. To make room for Ibanez, the team has designated right-hander pitcher D.J. Mitchell for assignment. The team has 10 days to either trade, release or outright Mitchell to the minor leagues if he hasn’t been claimed by another team.

Ibanez signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract.  He will likely be a sometime starter at DH and a bat off the bench.

Ibañez, 40, is a familiar name to Mariners fans having appeared in a Seattle uniform from 1996-2000 and 2004-2008. Amongst all-time Mariners leaders he ranks in the top 10 in club history in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (127, 7th), RBI (547, 7th), extra base hits (341, 7th), hits (967, 8th), games played (986, 8th) and slugging percentage (.464, 9th).

“We spoke of adding some veteran presence to our ball club this off season,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “In Raul we have a player and person with outstanding leadership skills who has participated in post season play the last several years. We will give Raul the opportunity to come in an compete and add an additional veteran presence to this ball club.”

With the Yankees in 2012, Ibañez hit .240 (92×384) with 19 doubles, 3 triples, 19 home runs and 62 RBI in 130 games while playing left field (80 G/65 GS), designated hitter (23 GS) and right field (13 G/11 GS). In 8 postseason games he combined to bat .318 (7×22) with 3 home runs and 5 RBI. In Game 3 of the American League Division Series vs. the Baltimore Orioles he hit a game-tying pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the 9th inning (to tie the game 2-2) and a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning. Ibañez became the first player in Major League history to hit two score-tying or go-ahead home runs in the 9th inning or later in one postseason game.

“Raul is the ultimate professional both on and off the field,” said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. “His veteran presence will be invaluable to our younger group of players.”

Mitchell was one of two pitchers acquired from the Yankees in the Ichiro Suzuki trade. Mitchell went 3-2 with 2.96 ERA in eight starts for the Rainiers.



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  1. CarbonLifeForm says:

    Another retread returning for retirement income. Hey Raul, will you retire and work in the front office like your boy Griffey Jr?

  2. footballscaa says:

    Evidently you missed the playoffs as Mr Ibanez was the only yankee showing any promise at all. Troll

  3. Hi Ryan,

    It’s already time to start fantasy baseball research:)

    Do you really think Morales is the age he is supposed to be? Or is he a Rafael Furcal 58 years old? I know you can’t say with certainty and maybe this is a partial joke, too. The M’s certainly needed a bat though. Personally, I’d rather save a couple of hundred billion-trillion-zillion dollars and have the bat of Morales in my line-up than that of the often-injured (Walter Thurmond?) Josh Hamilton who has partied hard to the tune of having a 92 year old body.

    Does the team think Smoak sucks? Do you think Smoak sucks. Does Smoak think Smoak sucks?

    Re: Smoak/Morales – How much and where are they going to move the fences in at Safeco this year? Is there any word yet? I haven’t seen any.

    With only having King Felix locked up for a few more years (before he heads to join the Yankee$ or one of the LA teams) do you think they had any internal discussions to get Wil Myers from the Royals in a package deal? It seems the Royals were willing to sell the farm for an ace and Felix would have fetched more than Shields did.

    Depending on the fence situation, do you think Montero could approach 30 bombs this year? If they still had Figgins batting atop the order, he could have been the first guy to ever hit 30 HRs and not had more than 39 RBI.

  4. I heard the Mariners called the Marlins about Stanton. He’s only the best power hitter in baseball, IMO, moving forward. I’m not overly familiar with the Mariner prospect situation, but do they have the ammo to pull off a coup like that? The M’s offense wouldn’t be a joke anymore, that’s for sure.

  5. When did Frank Hughes get the job covering the Mariners?

    Settle down, Ryan, I’m kidding! I know it’s New Years Day! You’ve gotta be recovering from last night!

  6. Okay, so the M’s have a couple of new bats in the lineup. But who will be our leadoff hitter? What’s the latest on Jack Z’s attempts to sign Michael Bourn?

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I recognize some names here; I may have to check in from time to time.

    Bobby – Lol!

  8. Stevos – I think they would be hard pressed to give Bourn a bunch of money after the Figgins fiasco (giving a lot of money to a guy who will hit next to no HRs). Besides, they also already have one of the best defensive CFs in all of baseball. I am not necessarily a M’s fan one way or another… just love baseball in general. I don’t really have a team like I do with the Seahawks. I catch myself watching a lot of Dodger games but that’s mainly to listen to Vin Scully (when they are on the W. Coast).

  9. bbnate420 says:

    BobbyK, I asked Ryan during the game chat about Hultzen, Walker, Zunino, and Franklin for Stanton, I believe practically universally thought of as the M’s top 4 prospects, and he told me to put down the drugs. So I don’t think he believes the M’s have the ammo. I believe that the M’s have one of the highest rated farm systems right now, so Ryan must believe that they just aren’t going to trade him or that they want some major leaguers back. I guess the M’s would have to put Felix up to make a deal in his mind.

  10. Booooo them, booo them without mercy. Cant wait. I hate the Mariners.

  11. I’d trade a lot for Stanton. He’s only 23 and won’t be a free agent for a long time (or get huge bucks anytime too soon). I will guarantee that he hits well over 40 bombs this year (no matter the park). That guy has nutso monster power. I have never seen anyone crush the ball harder in BP. And I’ve seen Pujols and Sosa when he was jacked with roids. I get the MLB Extra Innings package and a lot of times if the Marlins are on I’ll flip back to their game whenever I think Stanton is up just so I can watch him hit.

  12. bbnate420 says:

    Yeah, Stanton is crazy talented. The things you mention about him are the very reasons that the Marlins won’t probably trade him. They can control him for years and may see him as the centerpiece when they are competitive again.

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