MLB Trade Rumors: Seattle Mariners Considering Moving Raul Ibanez?

Jul 8, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez (28) rounds 3rd base after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the 5th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners are not a name that has been popping up a lot when it comes to MLB trade rumors, but it felt like just a matter of time with the 41-year-old  Raul Ibanez still on the roster.

Apparently that time is now.

According to  Larry Stone of the Seattle Timesthe team has to begin weighing whether or not to move the extremely effective and popular veteran as he is sure to be a hot commodity on the open market:

The toughest decisions will be whether to trade Ibanez and/or Morales. Ibanez has been marvelous at the plate this year; couple that with his reputation within the game as a great clubhouse presence, and he’s certain to be coveted by numerous teams. But whether they’d be willing to give up more than a mid-level prospect for a 41-year-old player is another question — and would that be enough for the Mariners? They might decide that Ibanez’s presence with their own youngsters and his fan appeal — not to mention his bat — might warrant keeping him. Ibanez has enough stature that the club could well consult with him to find out his desires, and whether a run at another World Series appeals to him.

Ibanez is an obvious trade candidate as contenders will flock to his abilities. He also likely wants another shot at a championship. The Mariners are not exactly in a position to not act as sellers this year, either.

This will all come down to whether the price is right. Ibanez is immensely popular but does not offer much in the long-term. A few solid prospects should do the trick if you are Seattle.

 

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Topics: MLB Trade Rumors, Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners

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  • Barry

    This is Rauuuuul’s third time playing for the Mariners. He is beloved by the fans and should not be considered in any trade unless it involves a top line prospect. The M’s have a very deep minor league system. We do not need to add more mid level prospects. We need a kid or kids with the potential to be starters in the Majors for years to come. That being said, Raul deserves to be consulted prior to any trade. If he wants to remain with the Mariners, then we should consider extending him for another year. He is the type of professional that you want your young kids to emulate.

  • TIM THOMAS

    i HAVE BEEN A LOYAL MARINERS FAN FOR 36 YEARS. BUT IF WE JACK Z TRADES IBANEZ AGAIN I AM OUT. DONE !!!! WE DONT NEED ANY MORE PROSPECTS. THIS TEAM HAS CHEMISTRY AND NEEDS TO BE KEPT TOGETHER. MORALES , MORSE ETC….TRADE OR RELEASE RYAN IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A MOVE. HE IS A SUB 200 HITTER AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

  • lenaM

    I too have been a fan since day one. Please lets keep a team that gets along and plays well together. Lets stop being the farm team for the rest of the league. If Raul gets traded ibtoo am done. Been loyal long enough. Tired of disappointment.

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