Raul Ibanez returns officiallyDecember 26th, 2012 by terrybenish
UPDATE: Pitcher DJ Mitchell designated for assignment.
He gets a major league contract for $2.75 million with additional incentives of up to $1.50 million.
The Mariners roster is full of dhs and although he played some left field last year, mainly due to the injury of Brett Gardner, he is not capable there any longer.
In order for the deal to be announced they have to send someone down that has minor league options or let someone go. This is a Wedge influenced move. Were I to guess about who goes down, Wedge hates Wells and derides his pre-game work habits, so he has some options and would be my odds on favorite.
The New York spin on this is that Ibanez would replace John Jaso as a left handed designated hitter. This really smacks of Eric Wedge, but that is just speculation on my part.
Let’s put it in perspective a 40 year old player is signed for real money, it’s gone, they can’t cut him. So whether or not it’s Wells that gets sent down, Raul will take plate appearances. He can’t play in the outfield and as a dh John Jaso is far, far better, in fact he is the best hitter on the team.
Here is the gem stone of a fact point. Wedge felt that there was a lack of leadership in clubhouse to make sure the kids learned how to work and act like major leaguers. Ibanez allegedly has legendary work habits and great clubhouse demeanor. No fried chicken and beer for him, for sure.
There are no measurables for any of that, at best it’s allegorical. You get this sense that Ibanez is paid to be a sort of coach/cheer leader/snitch and bat fifth four days a week. If there is not the threat of him ratting out his team mates why and how does he influence the guys that are lazy?
Unanswered is that if Wedge is on the field before games and does not like what Casper Wells is doing, why doesn’t he send Robby Thompson or the clubhouse attendant to tell him to pick up the pace or something. If that is not the issue, rather its in the clubhouse, apparently the code is that Wedge will not venture into the corner where Wells locker is and talk to him or even send for him. Instead of leaking this stuff to a reporter I mean.
Wells has the best arm on the team, lots of speed, some power. Raul can’t throw from mid left field to third base, is slower than Montero and had some power in short right field Yankee stadium and was unable to play on the road. Jaso had a mid .800 OPS, Raul did not.
Why not Edgar Martinez? I know he’s approaching 50, but there is the cross marketing effort with his new restaurant and all said, he probably can still hit better than Raul. Something to think about.