Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
current status: On roster
#28 DH | 6'2", 225 lbs. | LA Angels
Birth Date:June 2, 1972 (41 years old) Place of Birth:New York, NY Hometown:Miami, FL
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 1992 (36th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Seattle in 1992 (36th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||Has good power and a knack for driving in runners when in scoring position. Doesn't strike out as much as you might expect from a slugger of his caliber.|
|Flaws:||His power is a lot less prevalent against southpaws. Defensively, he has trouble adjusting to fly balls and isn't quick enough to overcome mistakes.|
|Career Potential:||Aging left-handed slugger.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Named to the All-Star Game||2009|
|Class A-||All-Star Team||1995|
|California League (A)||All-Star Team||1995|
Movements & Injuries
|12/18/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|12/22/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.|
|10/29/2012||Filed for free agency.|
|5/16/2012||Missed 1 game (right elbow injury).|
|5/15/2012||Right elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|2/21/2012||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|8/30/2011||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|8/26/2011||Missed 3 games (groin).|
|8/03/2010||Missed 1 game (wrist injury).|
|8/01/2010||Wrist injury, day-to-day.|
|9/25/2009||Missed 1 game (virus).|
|7/10/2009||Missed 20 games (groin).|
|6/18/2009||Groin, early September.|
|12/12/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies to a three-year contract.|
|10/30/2008||Filed for free agency.|
|7/01/2007||Missed 6 games (hamstring).|
|5/24/2007||Missed 5 games (back injury).|
|5/20/2007||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|3/01/2006||Signed by the Seattle Mariners to a two-year contract extension though 2008.|
|2/24/2006||Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a two-year contract.|
|7/10/2004||Missed 32 games (hamstring).|
|6/03/2004||Hamstring, 15-day DL.|
|11/19/2003||Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners to a three-year contract.|
|10/27/2003||Filed for free agency.|
|9/18/2002||Missed 5 games (thumb injury).|
|9/13/2002||Thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|6/17/2001||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|6/08/2001||Designated for assignment.|
|5/18/2001||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|5/10/2001||Optioned to Omaha (AAA).|
|4/04/2001||Designated for assignment.|
|3/30/2001||Contract purchased from Omaha (AAA).|
|12/18/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.|
|12/22/2012||Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners.|
|2/21/2012||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees.|
|12/12/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.|
|11/19/2003||Signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners.|
|1/22/2001||Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals.|
|6/01/1992||Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round in 1992.|
Ibanez parks one over the fence against M's | 04/02/2014 1:28 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez blasted a two-run homer in an 8-3 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.
ImpactIbanez's first two games of the season represent an exaggerated synecdoche of what you can expect going forward: He's 2-for-8 with five strikeouts, a single and a round-tripper. The Angels aren't expecting much contact -- and are expecting zero defense -- from their one-year, $2.75 million investment, but are hoping he's brought the juice of last season's 29 homers south with him from the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-four of those bombs came in the first half, so the jury's still out on the 41-year-old's ability to stave off biology once more.
Ibanez hits second spring homer | 03/25/2014 7:24 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run against the Cubs on Tuesday.
ImpactIbanez hit a solo homer off of Tsuyoshi Wada in the fourth inning, his second of the spring. The 41-year-old will hit out of the DH spot but may get some time in the field at first base and in left field.
Raul Ibanez will play first base on Monday | 03/16/2014 8:20 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez will get a chance to play first base in Monday's Cactus League contest against the Giants.
Bill Shaikin on Twitter
ImpactAside from one game with the Phillies in 2010, Ibanez hasn't logged any time at first base since the 2005 season. If he or Kole Calhoun can prove to be capable as a backup to Albert Pujols there, the Angels will have far greater flexibility with their final bench spot.
Ibanez hits his first homer of spring | 03/04/2014 6:24 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Tuesday.
ImpactThe 42-year-old went deep for the first time this spring. Ibanez should primarily serve as the DH, but manager Mike Scioscia recently said the veteran could play at first base and left field. Obviously, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton man those respective positions and will need a breather from time to time.
Scioscia wants Ibanez to play some 1B/LF | 02/19/2014 12:59 PM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he'd like Raul Ibanez to be able to play some left field and first base this season.
Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
ImpactThe Angels signed Ibanez with the idea of using him as their primary designated hitter, but Scioscia would like to see some versatility. Entering his age-42 season, it's probably best that we don't see him in the field very often.
Angels announce signing of Raul Ibanez | 12/27/2013 4:58 PM
NewsAngels signed DH Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.
ImpactBill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passed along the contract details. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register hears that he could make as much as $5 million if he reaches certain incentives. Ibanez, 41, put up 29 homers and a .793 OPS with the Mariners this past season. He should see most of his at-bats out of the DH spot with the Angels.
Angels and Ibanez agree on one-year contract | 12/18/2013 10:59 PM
NewsThe Angels and Raul Ibanez have agreed on a one-year, $2.75 million deal, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactThe deal includes incentives that could make the contract worth up to $5 million. The 41-year-old will serve as the Angels' primary designated hitter with Mark Trumbo gone. The left-handed Ibanez experienced a career revival in 2013, hitting 29 home runs as a member of the Mariners.
Report: Angels close to deal with Raul Ibanez | 12/18/2013 10:59 AM
NewsThe Angels "seem close" to a deal with Raul Ibanez, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactGiven his poor defense, it was wise for Ibanez to remain in the American League. The 41-year-old is likely relegated to a DH role at this point in his career. With that caveat out of the way, this could prove to be a nice under-the-radar signing by Jerry Dipoto. Ibanez, who collected 29 homers and a .793 OPS in just under 500 plate appearances while playing in a pitcher's park this past season, should provide cheap pop to the Angels lineup. Orange County Register Angels' beat writer Jeff Fletcher reported that the contract is one-year, $2.75 million and could be finalized as soon as Wednesday.
Angels talking to Ibanez, no deal imminent | 12/11/2013 6:20 PM
NewsThe Angels are talking to Raul Ibanez but nothing is close, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher is hearing.
Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
ImpactThe Angels saw first-hand that Ibanez still has something left in the tank when he hit 29 home runs with the Mariners this past season. The 41-year-old is likely relegated to a DH role at this point in his career, so a team like the Angels would make some sense. The Orioles, Braves and Yankees have also shown interest in Ibanez.
Raul Ibanez reunion in Seattle unlikely | 12/11/2013 12:34 PM
NewsAccording to ESPN's Jayson Stark, it appears unlikely that the Mariners will bring back free agent outfielder and DH Raul Ibanez for another season.
Jayson Stark on Twitter
ImpactStark lists the Orioles, Braves, and Yankees as teams that have indicated interest in the 41-year-old's services. Given his poor defense, the American League seems like a much better fit for Ibanez as he can serve as a designated hitter. He wrapped up 2013 with 29 home runs and a .793 OPS in just under 500 plate appearances.
Orioles not interested in Raul Ibanez | 12/10/2013 12:00 PM
NewsBrittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles are not in on Raul Ibanez.
Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
ImpactThis is contrary to a report over the weekend. The 41-year-old Ibanez socked 29 homers this past season to the Mariners, but he's essentially a DH at this point in his career.
Ibanez isn't a high priority for Mariners | 12/09/2013 7:23 PM
NewsMariners general manager Jeff Zduriencik admitted Monday that re-signing free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez is not a high priority at the moment.
ImpactThe 41-year-old wants to play one more season. "We're very fond of Raul," Zduriencik said. "We have to sift through some things at these meetings, primarily because we are so left-handed. As much as he and I would like to get something done, I think we need a little more time to figure out how we're going to allocate and what opportunities present themselves here." Ibanez hit 29 homers last season and can still square up right-handed pitching. We expect him to be in a big league camp next spring.
Rockies kicking the tires on Raul Ibanez | 12/08/2013 4:47 PM
NewsAccording to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez.
Troy Renck on Twitter
ImpactThe 41-year-old would most certainly be a better fit as a designated hitter in the American League, but the Rockies believe that he could be used as an effective option against right-handed pitching.
Raul Ibanez drawing significant interest | 12/08/2013 2:07 PM
NewsJoel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rockies, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, among others, are interest in Raul Ibanez.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactEven at 41, Ibanez still has some value as a designated hitter against right-handed pitching, but apparently some National League clubs might even consider him as an outfielder. Sherman expects Ibanez to pick his new club sometime during the Winter Meetings.
Yankees interested in Raul Ibanez reunion | 11/18/2013 11:20 PM
NewsGeorge A. King III and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post report that the Yankees are interested in signing Raul Ibanez to be their designated hitter against right-handers.
New York Post
ImpactIbanez fared pretty well against right-handed pitching in 2012 for the Yankees, and King and Davidoff say that "some voices within the organization believe it was a mistake" to let him leave after the season. He went on to hit 29 homers in 2013 for the Mariners, which should allow him to cash in on a reasonably-sized one-year pact for 2014 even though he'll turn 42 during the season.
Raul Ibanez hits 300th career homer | 09/22/2013 1:00 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez hit his 29th homer of 2013 and 300th career homer Saturday versus the Angels.
ImpactThe 29 homers tied Ted Williams for the most ever for a 41-year-old. He's just five homers shy of his career, despite having only 436 at-bats this season. He's topped 600 at-bats four times in his career, but he's never posted such a strong home run rate before.
Raul Ibanez wants to return in 2014 | 09/17/2013 6:12 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez plans to return for another season in 2014.
ImpactIbanez is 41, but you can hardly blame him for wanting to continue his career given that he's slugged 27 homers this season. "Yeah, I want to play another year," Ibanez said prior to Tuesday's game with the Tigers. "It's not something I really dwell upon. It's not something I mull over and lose sleep over because I'm in the moment right now. But yeah, if you asked me right now, I definitely want to play another year." Ibanez will be a free agent this winter after making $2.75 million this season.
Wedge declines to name outright LF starter | 09/11/2013 10:57 AM
NewsMariners manager Eric Wedge won't commit to a regular left fielder.
ImpactRaul Ibanez is the sentimental favorite, but he's 41 and not a part of Seattle's long-term plans. Michael Saunders has been a disappointment, but, at 26, is a cog of the future. "I have a group over here that says I should play him more and I have a group over there saying I should play him less because of the younger kids," Wedge said of Ibanez. "For me, it's all about the respect that he's earned. It is about the length of the season. I'm trying to walk that line to play him as much as I can, but also understand it's important to get the young kids in as much as we can too."
Raul Ibanez hits 25th homer in loss | 08/15/2013 10:50 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 2-for-4 and homered for the Mariners' lone run Thursday against the Rays.
ImpactThe homer was Ibanez's 25th, but it was is first since he hit two on July 12. He should be good for a few more blasts the rest of the way, but it seems unlikely that he'll contribute much in mixed leagues.
Raul Ibanez hits two more homers in win | 07/13/2013 1:28 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez hit his 23rd and 24th homers and even mixed in a double Friday as the Mariners bested the Angels 8-3.
ImpactIbanez is just the third player to hit 24 or more homers at age 41 or above. Ted Williams hit 29 at 41, while Barry Bonds hit 26 at 41 and 28 at 42. Ibanez could blow by those marks before the month is out with the way he's going. He now has 16 homers at Safeco this season.
Raul Ibanez goes 4-for-5, hits 21st homer | 07/04/2013 11:27 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Thursday against the Rangers.
ImpactThat's seven homers in 10 games for Ibanez and 21 overall. That's tied for the fifth highest total of his career, and on a per-AB basis, he's way ahead of his career-best pace. He even has his average up to .257 now; it's the first time all season that his average has topped .250.
Ibanez slugs 18th homer in M's loss to Bucs | 06/26/2013 6:41 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez launched his 18th home run of the season Wednesday in the Mariners' loss to the Pirates.
ImpactIbanez is now on pace for 37 home runs, which would be rare territory for a 41-year-old. He has a weak .243 batting average and .289 on-base percentage, but the power outbursts have made him plenty valuable in fantasy leagues.
Raul Ibanez homers twice in win | 06/23/2013 11:50 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Athletics.
ImpactBoth of the home runs came off Jarrod Parker. It was his second straight multi-hit game and he's now homered in back-to-back days. Ibanez is batting .250 (7-for-28) over his last seven contests.
Ibanez goes 2-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI | 06/23/2013 2:16 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI.
ImpactIt was the 41-year-old's 15th home run of the season after he slugged 19 last year. He's now batting .235/.278/.495 and remains an all-or-nothing plodding slugger who can help AL-only owners.
Ibanez goes deep in win against Houston | 06/11/2013 3:09 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez hit a solo homer Monday in the win over the Astros.
ImpactIt was the 41-year-old's only hit in four at-bats. Ibanez has morphed into an all-or-nothing threat in his old age, collecting 12 homers in just 160 at-bats. His .500 slugging percentage is stellar, but his average and OBP (.227 and .271, respectively), are Protozoa small. Ibanez has collected 19 extra-base hits in 2013 and just 17 singles.
Raul Ibanez hits 11th homer in Mariners' win | 06/05/2013 1:50 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez had a two-run homer and a two-run double Tuesday in the win over the White Sox.
ImpactThe Mariners are hitting, but it's probably not the best thing for the franchise's future that Ibanez, Jason Bay and free-agent-to-be Kendrys Morales are leading the charge. Ibanez has 11 homers in just 136 at-bats this year. He has more extra-base hits (18) than singles (14).
Raul Ibanez hits one over the boards | 06/04/2013 1:04 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez belted a two-run homer in Monday's win over the White Sox.
ImpactMaking a rare start against a left-hander, Ibanez took John Danks deep in the third inning, which put the Mariners ahead for good. The veteran has given the M's about all they could have hoped for this season, as he's batting .227 but with 10 dingers and 26 RBI.
Ibanez's power surge continues Saturday | 05/18/2013 4:27 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez's recent power surge continued Saturday, as he launched a solo homer in a loss to the Indians.
ImpactIbanez had two home runs through his first 19 games this season, but he now has six over his last seven. The 40-year-old shouldn't be owned in shallow mixed leagues, but he might be worth a try in deeper formats while he's hot.
Ibanez has three hits, homer in loss to Tribe | 05/17/2013 10:52 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez remained red hot in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Indians, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.
ImpactThe sixth inning blast off Rich Hill was his seventh of the season, and knotted the game at 3-3. He's now homered five times and driven in 13 runs in his last six games. Despite the recent success however, he's still hitting .235/.278/.541 on the season and remains a spot play at best in most fantasy leagues.
Ibanez homers twice, drives in 6 in M's win | 05/15/2013 10:29 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez hit two home runs and drove in six runs as the Mariners beat the Yankees 12-2 on Wednesday.
ImpactIbanez broke the game open with a grand slam in the first inning and added a two-run homer in the fifth. The outfielder now has four home runs in four games after hitting just two in his first 19 games. His platoon situation in Seattle and his decreased production doesn't make him an option outside of AL-only leagues, though.
Raul Ibanez takes Sabathia deep | 05/14/2013 10:41 PM
NewsRaul Ibanez singled and belted a two-run homer off of CC Sabathia in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.
ImpactZero of Ibanez's 19 home runs last season came off of left-handed pitching, so, naturally, he took one of the best lefties in the game deep in this one. Though he's hitting just .211 for the season, Ibanez has a modest five-game hitting streak going and has homered in two of his last three starts.
Raul Ibanez homers in Mariners' win | 05/11/2013 12:58 AM
NewsRaul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Dan Straily in the Mariners' victory Friday.
ImpactIbanez has just 12 hits in 64 at-bats, giving him a .188 average, but at least seven of those 12 hits have gone for extra bases. The Mariners will likely keep him around all year, but hopefully they won't have to give him quite so many starts as time goes by.
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|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||6||2 times-last:vs. Oak||last:Apr 16||7|
|Runs||1||5 times-last:vs. NYN||last:Apr 13||2|
|Hits||2||vs. Sea||Apr 1||4|
|Doubles||1||vs. Oak||Apr 16||2|
|Home Runs||1||3 times-last:vs. NYN||last:Apr 13||2|
|Total Bases||5||vs. Sea||Apr 1||10|
|Extra-Base Hits||1||4 times-last:vs. Oak||last:Apr 16||3|
|Runs Batted In||3||2 times-last:vs. NYN||last:Apr 12||6|
|Base on Balls||2||vs. NYN||Apr 13||2|
|Times on Base||3||vs. NYN||Apr 13||4|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games||162||2 times-last: 2008 (Sea)|
|At Bats||635||2008 (Sea)|
|Home Runs||34||2009 (Phi)|
|Total Bases||323||2006 (Sea)|
|Extra-Base Hits||71||2006 (Sea)|
|Runs Batted In||123||2006 (Sea)|
|Base on Balls||71||2005 (Sea)|
|Times on Base||253||2008 (Sea)|
|Stolen Bases||9||2005 (Sea)|
|Caught Stealing||4||4 times-last: 2008 (Sea)|
|Batting Average||.304||2004 (Sea)|
|On Base Percentage||.358||2008 (Sea)|
|Slugging Percentage||.552||2009 (Phi)|