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Our Ancient Foe Returns


If this blog has held to one central, core argument since its inception (and indeed its prehistory), it is that Raul Ibanez will never amount to anything.

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.

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.

Let me be the first LGM contributor to decry and denounce this deal, to confidently predict that it will somehow end disastrously for the Mariners, and to reiterate my argument (first made in 1998), that Raul Ibanez just doesn’t have much of a future in the majors.

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  • rea

    Well, it’ quite true that at this point in his career, Ibanez does not have much of a future in the majors . . .

    • greylocks

      The Mariners are a major league team?

      • rea

        Technically, although we Tiger fans prefer to think of them (along with the Marlins) as part of our high minor leagues (e. g., Fister for Furbush, Carlos Guillen for Ramon Santiago . . .)

    • mark f

      Hey he got an MVP vote this year.

  • James E Powell

    So the term “performance bonuses” is a straight line.

  • Kurzleg

    W/O checking out the stats, I’d say Ibanez improves the Ms offense.

    • Murc

      If this is true, I would recommend Mariners fans just start drinking right now and not stop until next fall.

      • Warren Terra
      • Kurzleg
        • c u n d gulag

          The new ‘Ancient Mariner.”

          He also played last year in Yankee Stadium, a hitters paradise, where the RF stands are within reach for a strong Little Leaguer – ok, a 14 year-old with forged ID.

          And now, he’s playing in Baseball’s version of Death Valley.

          Thank goodness for the organization, that KC and Pittsburgh have also been in MLB for the past decade.
          But I suspect that both of those team will come within at least sniffing disatance of the Playoffs, long before the Mariners do.

      • Linnaeus

        Hey, another year where I’ll be able to get good seats at Safeco Field…

    • Steve S.

      Ending the DH rule would improve the M’s offense.

  • Sherm

    Only 17.4 career war as per baseball reference. I would have guessed more.

  • lowkey liesmith

    Next They can bring back A-Rod.

  • Bill Cross

    I think this move is so he can retire as a Mariner and will therefore go into the Hall in a Mariner’s hat

    • Which Hall are we talking about here? Hall of Mirrors?

      • Bill Cross

        Ex-players can pay their money to get in to Cooperstown just like you or I

        • John Protevi

          Very nice

  • Joel

    Ibanez is probably a better signing than Josh Hamilton would have been. So the Mariners have that going for them.

    • Sherm

      Five year commitment for a talent like Hamilton sounds like a bargain to me.

  • Tybalt

    He’s also a hopeless fielder now. He’s getting into the Kevin Reimer Zone with the glove. Also, the M’s have about eight guys like him already.

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