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Raul Ibanez | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (43) / 6/2/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Miami-Dade South CC

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Raul Ibanez has withdrawn his name from the Rays' search for a new manager.
Ibanez cited "family considerations" in doing so. The Rays now appear to be deciding between Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu for their managerial role, which was vacated by Joe Maddon's sudden opt-out. Ibanez has not officially retired from his playing career, but it's a safe bet that the 42-year-old will do that soon. Thu, Dec 4, 2014 12:54:00 PM

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According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Raul Ibanez is a candidate for the Rays' managerial opening.

Ibanez hasn't officially retired, but it's a safe bet that he eventually will. The 42-year-old batted just .167/.264/.285 in 280 plate appearances this past season between the Angels and Royals. Dave Martinez, Charlie Montoyo, Manny Acta, Ron Wotus, Don Wakamatsu, Craig Counsell, and Kevin Cash are the other candidates to take Joe Maddon's spot in Tampa Bay.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are interested in talking to Raul Ibanez about their vacant hitting coach job.

Ibanez hasn't said he's definitely retiring, but he's 42 and coming off a terrible season. Even if he does officially hang it up, it's not clear whether he'd be interested in a coaching job, though it wouldn't be a surprise. Ibanez played for the Yankees in 2012.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Raul Ibanez is not on the Royals' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Angels.

Ibanez was active for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game victory over the A's, but he didn't make the cut for the best-of-five Division Series. The 42-year-old outfielder batted just .167/.264/.285 in 90 games this season between Anaheim and Kansas City.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 01:33:00 PM

Raul Ibanez's miserable season continued on Friday as the veteran slugger struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

The 42-year-old looks to be at the end of his line, slashing a mere .168/.261/.287 with five homers and 26 RBI in his 244 at-bats. Should the Royals make the postseason, there's no guarantee that Ibanez would even be included on the roster.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:32:00 AM

Raul Ibanez homered for the lone run of the game Friday as the Royals topped the Athletics.

Ibanez is going to be seeing a lot of time filling in for Eric Hosmer this month, though in something of a surprise, he was used as a DH with Billy Butler at first base tonight. The homer was Ibanez's fifth in 215 at-bats this season. He's 5-for-9 since July 23, raising his average from .155 to .177.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 12:40:00 AM

Raul Ibanez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Ibanez' RBI double started the scoring in what would be a four-run sixth inning for the Royals. He had been 4-for-35 in his Royals tenure prior to Tuesday's two-hit game. With the club still holding out Wild Card aspirations and Ibanez going nowhere but down, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team make a move to replace the 42-year-old in the coming weeks.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:22:00 AM

Raul Ibanez singled and smacked a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

He scored a pair of runs on the day. Ibanez was the offensive star in what was his second start in three games since joining the Royals. Kansas City plans to continue using him in right field often while Norichika Aoki (groin) is on the disabled list. He's hit only .167/.263/.287 with the Angels and Royals but is probably worth using in AL-only formats.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:31:00 PM

Royals signed DH Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez was released by the Angels on June 21 after batting just .157 with a .523 OPS in 57 games. The 42-year-old is doubtful to suddenly shine in Kansas City, where he'll be a bench bat and part-time designated hitter. Ibanez will make the MLB minimum with the Royals. Anaheim is still on the hook for his one-year, $2.75 million deal.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Angels released DH Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez, 42, was batting just .157 with a .523 OPS through 57 games this season for the Halos, who are still on the hook for what remains of his one-year, $2.75 million contract. Ibanez seems likely to consider retirement. C.J. Cron should now finally get regular playing time and is worth owning in most standard fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4 before being removed for a defensive replacement Wednesday against the Astros.

Ibanez is 0-for-11 in June. He still has a job mostly because of his early-April RBI binge, but he's currently been stuck on 20 RBI since May 15. His batting average hasn't seen .200 since way back on April 13, and he's actually hovered below .160 for over a month now. The Angels aren't going to be able to justify carrying him for much longer at this rate.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 11:56:00 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated Monday that Raul Ibanez's roster spot isn't in jeopardy.

The Angels have some roster decisions upcoming, as David Freese (finger) and Kole Calhoun (ankle) will return this week and Josh Hamilton (thumb) and Ian Stewart (hand) are due back next week. Grant Green, C.J. Cron and Efren Navarro have come up recently and contributed, but it appears at least a couple of them will lose their roster spots instead of Ibanez, who is batting a sickly .148/.268/.269. "Raul has a track record," Dipoto said. "He has done this before. He has gone through cold spells, and he has gotten hot. There's nobody here who believes Raul has had his last good days in the big leagues."
Mon, May 19, 2014 10:02:00 PM

Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4 as the Angels' cleanup man and designated hitter on Friday.

Ibanez is hitting just .149 through 87 at-bats, but since he's somehow managed 17 RBI anyway, the Angels aren't likely to cast him off anytime soon. He sure doesn't make it easy for anyone behind him to drive in runs, though.
Sat, May 3, 2014 01:32:00 AM

Raul Ibanez returned to action on Sunday, striking out as a pinch-hitter to make the final out of a loss to the Yankees.

Ibanez had been sidelined due to an illness, but was called upon to hit for Collin Cowgill with the tying run on second base with two outs in the ninth. Yankees closer David Robertson needed just four pitches to dispatch him to end the game. It’s likely that he’ll return to his regular DH spot in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Indians.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Raul Ibanez is not in the Angels starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Yankees due to illness

Ibanez also sat out Saturday's game with the ailment. He's hitting just .157/.224/.314 at the plate this season, so perhaps the Halos are better off without him in the lineup. David Freese will serve as the designated hitter on Sunday with Ian Stewart covering the hot corner.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 06:45:00 PM

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