(NEW YORK) — Raul Ibanez is going back to where it all started. The free agent outfielder has signed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with the Seattle Mariners.
This will be Ibanez’ third stint in the Emerald City. He started his Major League career with the Mariners, playing there from 1996-2000 and again from 2004-2008.
The 40-year-old Ibanez (who turns 41 in June) is expected to play the outfield as well as appear as a designated hitter. Despite his advanced age, Ibanez appeared in 93 games last season as an outfielder. He spent this past season with the New York Yankees, hitting 19 home runs while driving in 62 runs.
The Mariners have struggled to score runs for years, and they’re hoping Ibanez will add some pop to their lineup. Last season, Seattle ranked 27th in Major League Baseball in runs, 30th in batting average, 30th in base percentage, and 30th in slugging percentage.
So far this offseason, the Mariners have added Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Jason Vargas.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN