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6/2/1972 (44 y, 9 m, 25 d)
1992 June Amateur Draft - Round: 36, Pick: 14, Overall: 1006, Team: Seattle Mariners
$2.8M / 1 Years (2013)
$2.8M / 1 Years (2014)
Ibanez was not included on the Royals' ALDS roster, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. (10/2/2014)
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Year in Review:
There were more than a few raised eyebrows when Philadelphia handed Ibanez a three-year, $31.5 million contract during the 2008-09 offseason. The 37-year-old outfielder made GM Ruben Amaro Jr. look pretty smart, after the former Mariner had a career year in his first season in the National League. Ibanez hit .359/.433/.718 during the first month of the year and followed that up with 10 homers and 29 RBI in May. His bat cooled for the remainder of the season (save for seven homers in September/October), but Ibanez still finished with a career-high in homers at 33. He also exceeded 90 runs and RBIs.
The Year Ahead:
There are signs that Ibanez may be declining a bit. His .272 average was his lowest total since 2000, when he was a bench player with the Mariners. (A BABIP of .294 did not help). His strikeout rate also broke 20% for the first time as a regular player, thanks in part to a below-average contact rate at 74.8%, the first sub-80% of his career. He probably won't repeat his .280 ISO, but Ibanez is probably going to still his 25+ homers. Just don't surprised if some of his other numbers continue to go south, including his batting average. After three poor showings on defense from 2006 to 08, according to UZR, Ibanez had his first plus defensive season, which helped him reach a 4.2 WAR. (Marc Hulet)
After faltering in the second half of 2009, it appeared Ibanez was done as an impact fantasy player when he struggled early in 2010. But Ibanez batted .309 with 9 HR and 46 RBIs in 70 games after the All-Star break last year, showing there was still life in his 38-year old body. Given Ibanez’ age and streakiness the past two seasons, some hesitancy among fantasy players is in order. But he also hit 34 HR in 2009 and has been a consistent R + RBI producer in eight of the past nine years. Last season, there was no big decline in any of his plate discipline numbers and his BB/K numbers were his highest since 2005. His main issue was a drop from his career-high 21.1 HR/FB rate of 2009. Ibanez followed that up with a 9.3 mark, his lowest since we’ve had numbers in 2002. One thing to keep in mind is that Ibanez had a sports hernia repaired at the end of the 2009 season. It may explain his drop in production at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010. If the injury was to blame and Ibanez is back at 100 percent health now, he could be a huge bargain at his current ADP of 213. (Brian Joura)
The Quick Opinion:
After a poor first half, Ibanez rebounded in a big way after the All-Star break last year. He could be a nice value at his current ADP if injury problems are behind him.
If it seems like Ibanez has been around forever, it's because well, he has. Since debuting in 1996, Ibanez has kicked around for long stints with three different teams, including separate go-arounds with the Mariners. And for a while there, Ibanez proved himself to be a pretty solid corner outfielder, including 10 straight campaigns in which Raul posted 100-plus marks in OPS+. He's never once had a four-win season, he slipped pretty badly in 2011 (.306 wOBA), and he's Cuddyer-esque on the defensive scale (-47.6 defensive runs in his career). As a free agent, he may have trouble finding a big league deal, but if this is it at age 39, it was a pretty good run, Raul. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Ibanez has garnered no interest on the free agent market. As a result, downgrade him to 50th-round material in all of your drafts. Kidding aside, it's probably the end of the line for Ibanez, who had a nice under-the-radar run.
The Mariners spent decent money to sign Ibanez, who figures to see most of his action against right-handed pitchers. The 40-year-old hit some monster late-season homers for the Yankees in 2012, but outside of Yankee Stadium he produced a .208/.269/.365 (70 wRC+) line with five homers in 216 plate appearances (135 wRC+ and 14 HR at home). Safeco Field is traditionally more friendly to left-handed batters and the walls are coming in next season, but it's unlikely Ibanez will enjoy the same ballpark benefits as he did in the Bronx. He's a candidate to pop 15 or so homers, but otherwise he has little rate stat value from the outfield position. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
The walls are coming in at Safeco Field, but Ibanez still won't enjoy the same ballpark benefits as he did in 2012. He'll chip in a few homers but not much else, either counting or rate stats.
Raul Ibanez sits next to Ted Williams in the record books, that's how nutty a season his 2013 was. A player who was signed ostensibly to occupy a left-handed platoon role was thrust into nearly 500 plate appearances due to injury and ineffectiveness on the part of his teammates. With the Mariners never really sniffing contention, Ibanez, 41, figured he might as well have some fun. The result was swinging from his backside in most at bats in an attempt to hook just about everything out of the ballpark and he wriggled himself back into fantasy relevancy with 29 home runs -- good for fourth among all outfielders. Yeah, you read that right. But headed into 2014, it would be rather miraculous if we saw a repeat. His role with the Angels will probably be similar to that described above -- platoon designated hitter -- and although he takes great pride in his defense, he shouldn't ever see the outfield grass again. With 300 home runs and nearly 1200 RBI, it's been a pretty nice career for Raul Ibanez -- but it's probably just about over. (
The Quick Opinion:
If you can use a .240 batting average and 12 home runs in a part-time role, then Raul Ibanez could be your man. And the line to compete in your league will be long. The old man had a fun run in Seattle in 2013, and it gave fans something else to watch that didn't start with an F and end in "elix". Ibanez is unlikely to find everyday work in 2014, and even if he did his production would still leave him on the fringe of fantasy usefulness.
What can you say about Raul Ibanez? You could say that he hit .167/.264/.285 last year, he turns 43 in June, and he's looking for a coaching job. But that seems kind of rude. (
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