San Diego starter Freddy Garcia wasn’t surprised when Raul Ibanez sent his first-inning pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run home run. Ibanez’ first hit of spring training got the Mariners on the scoreboard early, helping Seattle to an 8-3 win over the Padres on Sunday.
While there is a great deal of enthusiasm about the Seahawks and their prospects for next season, the Mariners are still a team that could make its hometown proud.
The Seattle Mariners’ offseason focus was on adding bats to the worst offense in baseball. They believe they accomplished their goal with the additions of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, and they hope Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez still have some pop left in their bats.
Continuing to pick up veterans looking to turn their careers around, the Mariners have inked in first baseman Mike Jacobs to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training
As a member of Leones del Caracas, Franklin Gutierrez hit .349 with 19 RBIs in 22 games.
With the Seattle Mariners off-season acquisitions of Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez, room on the roster for first baseman Justin Smoak is slowly dwindling.
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.
Raul Ibanez, who has eight years worth of service as a Seattle Mariner, looks to be joining the team for a third time.