Mariners Make Ibanez Deal Official


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Jamie Squire/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Mariners made the addition of Raul Ibanez official on Wednesday.  Ibanez signed a one-year deal with Seattle for $2.75 million and will be marking his third stint with the club.

The Mariners designated for assignment right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell to make room for Ibanez, which also allows the 40-year-old veteran to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses.

 “In Raul we have a player and person with outstanding leadership skills who has participated in postseason play the last several years,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We will give Raul the opportunity to come in and compete and add an additional veteran presence to this ball club.”

Ibanez started his Mariners career back in 1996 and could be a nice addition to a young club looking for a bat.  Ibanez had a historic postseason in October with the Yankees and hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBI in 2012.

The Mariners also acquired Kendrys Morales last week in a trade to bolster their lineup.

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