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Outfielder Ibanez Returns to Seattle From Yankees, MLB.com Says

December 23, 2012

Raul Ibanez, who hit strategic home runs in the New York Yankees’ postseason games, has agreed to join the Seattle Mariners for the third time, MLB.com reported, citing a person familiar with the one-year deal.

The Mariners have to make a move on the 40-man Major League Baseball team’s roster before they can confirm the contract with Ibanez, MLB.com said.

Ibanez, 40, played for Seattle from 1996-2000 and 2004-08. Last season as a Yankee, he hit .240 with 19 home runs and 62 runs batted in.

Ibanez batted .318 with three home runs in the Yankees’ eight playoff games last season. In Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles, he tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and won it with a walk-off homer in the 12th.

Ibanez has a career batting average of .278 with 271 home runs and 1,116 RBIs in 1,947 games over 17 years.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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