Given the fact that he is north of age 40, Raul Ibanez had a ridiculously productive season for the Seattle Mariners in 2013. So even though he can only serve a limited role, his offensive prowess landed him a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Ibanez passed his physical on Friday, making his $2.75 deal final. Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:
#Angels Raul Ibanez has passed his physical. His one year deal is official. $2.75M base. Up to $5 w/incentives.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 27, 2013
Last season Ibanez batted .242/.306/.487 with a remarkable 29 home runs. That was good for a wRC+ of 117 (weighted runs created, with 100 being average). That number places him among the likes of Jay Bruce, Torii Hunter, Coco Crisp, and Billy Butler (just to list a few). That’s pretty darn impressive for a 41-year-old.
There is still a little bit of risk for the Angels because of his age, but given his production last season and what they are paying him, it’s a solid deal. And hey, Angels fans can giggle to themselves when he reaches the full $5 million in incentives and it still doesn’t hold a candle to the piles of money they are paying Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols (besides the fact there is at least a reasonable chance he is more productive than Hamilton).
After all, what good are huge, torturous, burdensome contracts if not for a resigned laugh every now and then?