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Will Ibanez Go Back To New York?

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Raul Ibanez signs autographs for fans after the final game of the regular season (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez signs autographs for fans after the final game of the regular season (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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(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.

Raul Ibanez reacts after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game Three of the American League Division Series in 2012 (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Raul Ibanez reacts after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game Three of the American League Division Series in 2012 (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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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