Originally written December 23, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Seattle Mariners added another proven hitter officially announcing their one-year, $2.75 million deal with free agent Raul Ibanez. Ibanez, 40, will return to the team that drafted him in the 36th round of the 1992 draft, joining Kendrys Morales, whom the Mariners acquired earlier this week from the Los Angeles Angels. The New York Yankees had been interested in bringing back Ibanez, who batted .240 with a .761 OPS, 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats last season and produced a series of heroics during the postseason. In Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles, Ibanez -- pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez -- homered in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. He then hit another home run in the 12th to win it, 3-2. In Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Tigers, Ibanez capped the Yankees' rally from a four-run deficit in the ninth, again hitting a homer to tie the game. However, the Yankees lost to Detroit, 6-4. Ibanez be...
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