The way the Seattle Mariners signed Raul Ibanez was a nice little story. Sure, sign the old guy and let him play every now and then while showing the young guys how to do it. The young guys will do most of the playing though. Ibanez would have to be almost like a player-coach right? Um no; not quite. Ibanez has been everything for the Mariners this season. His stats are crazy good for someone expected to be a part time player.
About that, he has been a part time player and missed a few games here and there. See, the thing is that when a guy is playing and hitting the way Ibanez is, it doesn’t matter if he is 41 or 141, that dude is in the line-up more times than not. Especially when you consider all of the injury issues that have plagued the Mariners, Ibanez has literally been a God-send to the team.
He is getting recognized for work in the community as well. I mean really, give this guy something. The award for giving back to his community which is nominated for, the Branch Rickey Award, will work perfectly. Not only has he carried the team but he has done countless things for the city and the area. What an incredible signing Ibanez was.
I don’t know if his age will affect the way other teams look at him this off-season but if I were the Mariners GM, it wouldn’t matter. Give the guy a three year contract and lock him up. He is more than worth it in so many ways.