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Report: Mariners serious about signing Raul Ibanez

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08:50 AM ET 12.22 | While the Yankees scour the free-agent and trade markets for a right-handed hitting outfielder, Raul Ibanez could be moving closer to leaving The Bronx. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Mariners have "serious interest" in signing the 40-year-old free agent designated hitter and outfielder. The Rangers and Phillies also are thinking about adding Ibanez's productive bat and professional attitude to their clubhouses. The Yankees have been talking to Ibanez's agent, but it has been general talk and not negotiations.

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December 22, 2012  11:42 AM ET
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So what's the going rate for a 40 year old risk with questionable returns?. Oh, about 2 years 24 million.

one year deal at most, no need to add too much pressure to the outfielder,,

December 22, 2012  11:44 AM ET

yankees can't sign any top player due to the treshold, over spending years had take a toll in yankees franchise!!

December 22, 2012  01:18 PM ET

Raul did a great job PH for Yanks and he would be missed, but if he can get more money and longer term with M's take the money and run. At 40 years old cant be to many options out there. Yanks can always find someone who can PH, DH and play a little OF.

December 22, 2012  02:10 PM ET
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that is a good point-I'd be shocked if they pay a back up as much as the Yankees would

I'm thinking they want a clubhouse presence and PH and occasional DH

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December 22, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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Clubhouse presence? Overrated. They need offense, plain and simple.That's why the Angels' signing of Hamilton was a trifecta: it added to the Angels' offense and drawing power in LA; it took Hamilton away from the Angels' main competition, the Rangers; and it kept the Mariners from getting the one guy who could have made a difference in Seattle.Seattle needs offense of some kind. Bourn would help. So would Swisher. Hell, maybe they should look at luring Vince Coleman out of retirement, but they need something or someone to spark that lineup.

Just pulling in the fences should add some spark.

December 22, 2012  02:29 PM ET
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Just pulling in the fences should add some spark.

it seems morales would get greatly benefit,,,

December 22, 2012  04:02 PM ET

This is just another example of why the Mariners are a bad team wanting to sign an ageless wonder instead of a younger Bourn.

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December 22, 2012  05:52 PM ET
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Hell, no. Bad idea. Move them out more. Get speedy-**** OFs and use speed.

They've already announced they're moving them in.

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December 22, 2012  08:14 PM ET
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This is just another example of why the Mariners are a bad team wanting to sign an ageless wonder instead of a younger Bourn.

but but this morales hitter would be hitting at least 35 homeruns in seatle next season,, don't think so? just wait and see it!!

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