There are reportedly at least three teams interested in veteran Raul Ibanez’s services for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. As of right now, the Baltimore Orioles are one of those teams, as they appear to be the frontrunner to land him. With that being said, would it be worth it for Baltimore to ink a one-year deal with the 41-year-old?
Ibanez proved last season that he still has some pop in his bat as he crushed 29 home runs, the second most in his career. His batting average isn’t exactly ideal, but who can really complain about a player hitting .242 long after his prime.
At this point, Ibanez would prefer to sign with a team that will give him some decent playing time. The New York Yankees are reportedly in on him, but the fact that their outfield is crowded means he would not see a lot of action.
At least in Baltimore, he will have a shot at playing a role off the bench. Not to mention, his 29 home runs will be a welcomed sight on a team that hit the most home runs in the American League in 2013. There’s no guarantee that he will be able to reach that number again, but the fact that he was able to get the ball to go over the fence in Seattle means he should have a decent go at it in Baltimore.
Signing Ibanez is a very low-risk that could turn into a high-reward, especially if the Orioles are fortunate enough to reach the postseason.