(1090 The Fan) — Raul Ibanez’s offensively productive season for the Mariners in 2013 may keep him in the league longer than most people anticipated.
The 41-year-old (who turns 42 in June) hit .242 with 29 home runs, 65 RBIs and a .793 OPS in 124 games. It should be noted that 21 of those 29 home runs came when he was playing left field. Those numbers arguably made his one-year $2.75 million contract a bargain for the offensively-challenged Seattle ball club.
With the Mariners likely going after a big name bat through free agency, Ibanez’s third stint with the Mariners may come to a end this offseason. According to a report from the New York Post, Ibanez may be headed back to the Big Apple.
Anonymous Yankees officials think Ibanez could rejoin the team as a designated hitter for right-handed pitching.
The report says officials reportedly said it was a “mistake” to let Ibanez leave New York after the 2012 season. Ibanez was to said to have been impatient with the Yankees lagging on a contract offer, which led him to sign a one-year deal with Seattle.
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