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Raul Ibanez | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (42) / 6/2/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Miami-Dade South CC
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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. Aug 2 - 12:40 AM

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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.
Jul 23 - 12:22 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.
Jul 2 - 4:31 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.
Jun 30 - 1:34 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.
Jun 21 - 5:02 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.
Jun 4 - 11:56 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."
May 19 - 10:02 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.
May 3 - 1:32 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.
Apr 27 - 11:37 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.
Apr 27 - 6:45 PM

Raul Ibanez is not in the Angels starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

It's just a day of rest against opposing southpaw Vidal Nuno. The 41-year-old is off to a brutal start at the plate, slashing just .157/.224/.314, yet has still been a capable run producer with three homers and 15 RBI in his first 20 games. Albert Pujols will get the start in the DH spot with Ian Stewart moving over to cover first base.
Apr 26 - 10:11 AM

Raul Ibanez blasted a two-run homer in an 8-3 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Ibanez's first two games of the season represent an exaggerated synecdoche of what you can expect going forward: He's 2-for-8 with five strikeouts, a single and a round-tripper. The Angels aren't expecting much contact -- and are expecting zero defense -- from their one-year, $2.75 million investment, but are hoping he's brought the juice of last season's 29 homers south with him from the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-four of those bombs came in the first half, so the jury's still out on the 41-year-old's ability to stave off biology once more.
Apr 2 - 1:28 AM

Raul Ibanez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Ibanez hit a solo homer off of Tsuyoshi Wada in the fourth inning, his second of the spring. The 41-year-old will hit out of the DH spot but may get some time in the field at first base and in left field.
Mar 25 - 7:24 PM

Raul Ibanez will get a chance to play first base in Monday's Cactus League contest against the Giants.

Aside from one game with the Phillies in 2010, Ibanez hasn't logged any time at first base since the 2005 season. If he or Kole Calhoun can prove to be capable as a backup to Albert Pujols there, the Angels will have far greater flexibility with their final bench spot.
Mar 16 - 8:20 PM

Raul Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old went deep for the first time this spring. Ibanez should primarily serve as the DH, but manager Mike Scioscia recently said the veteran could play at first base and left field. Obviously, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton man those respective positions and will need a breather from time to time.
Mar 4 - 6:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Billy Butler
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Josh Willingham
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar