Los Angeles Angels Add Some Much-Needed Power Signing Raul Ibanez
The Los Angeles Angels were in the need of some power, and they have finally landed the bat the team was looking for.
After the trade that sent Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks the Angels suffered an important power drought, but they have been able to replace some of his production signing veteran Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $2.75 million contract that can increase its value up to five million if some incentives are met.
The 41-year-old had a good year (.242/.306/.487, 29 HR) with the Seattle Mariners last season, but he was very streaky, hitting 24 homers in the first half before the All-Star break and only five afterwards. Due to his age he’s well suited to play for a contending team in the AL as he will primarily be the DH, but he can also play LF and even 1B to give Albert Pujols some rest if necessary.
The addition of Ibanez into the lineup gives the team another power threat next to Josh Hamilton and Pujols, and even though he’s not an OBP machine his power and run scoring production more than makes up for it considering he’s on a very friendly deal as well.
With this move, the Angels have still nearly $15 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax threshold, and it wouldn’t be strange to see them targeting another bat or perhaps an impact pitcher like Matt Garza or even Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka. After two straight years of suffering frustrations and building teams to make deep playoffs runs, the Angels need to start spending a bit more if they want to achieve their objectives.