Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/25/12
Ibanez returns for another go As if Jason Bay and Kendrys Morales weren’t enough, now the Mariners have gone out and signed Raul Ibanez. The 40-year-old returns to Seattle for his third stint with the M’s, and first since 2008. What does Ibanez bring to the table? Just like with Bay, Seattle is hoping Ibanez will bring some much needed power to its lineup. Ibanez’s second stint with the Mariners—2004-2008—was an era in which Seattle was spending on free agents that “should have been something,” but weren’t. Ibanez was one of the few that “was.” Over those five seasons Ibanez hit .291/.354/.477 with 113 home runs and 489 RBI. He was one of the few Mariners of that era that could actually hit at Safeco. So in theory he should be even better now that the fences are moving in. But Ibanez is still a 40-year-old, and hasn’t hit higher than .245 over his last two seasons. In that same time he’s seen his walk rate drop about 3.0 percent. But he’s kept his power numbers up, averaging 22 home
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