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Mariners, Raul Ibanez agree to one-year contract

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Raul Ibanez will be a Mariner for the third time in his career. (Getty Images)

The Mariners have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract worth $2.75 million plus incentives.

Ibanez is coming off a 2012 season for the Yankees in which he batted .240/.308/.453 for the Yankees with 19 home runs in 425 plate appearances.

The 40-year-old Ibanez had some success taking advantage of the short right-field porch in Yankee and was able to pop some home runs off right-handers. However, take him out of that oh-so-accommodating environment and move him into Safeco (even a Safeco with the fences nudged in), and he's almost certainly going to be, at best, a replacement-level player. It's hard to understand Seattle's thinking on this one.

Ibanez previously played for the Mariners from 1996-2000 and 2004-2008.

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