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The Angels "seem close" to a deal with Raul Ibanez, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.

Given his poor defense, it was wise for Ibanez to remain in the American League. The 41-year-old is likely relegated to a DH role at this point in his career. With that caveat out of the way, this could prove to be a nice under-the-radar signing by Jerry Dipoto. Ibanez, who collected 29 homers and a .793 OPS in just under 500 plate appearances while playing in a pitcher's park this past season, should provide cheap pop to the Angels lineup. Orange County Register Angels' beat writer Jeff Fletcher reported that the contract is one-year, $2.75 million and could be finalized as soon as Wednesday.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

The Angels are talking to Raul Ibanez but nothing is close, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher is hearing.

The Angels saw first-hand that Ibanez still has something left in the tank when he hit 29 home runs with the Mariners this past season. The 41-year-old is likely relegated to a DH role at this point in his career, so a team like the Angels would make some sense. The Orioles, Braves and Yankees have also shown interest in Ibanez.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, it appears unlikely that the Mariners will bring back free agent outfielder and DH Raul Ibanez for another season.

Stark lists the Orioles, Braves, and Yankees as teams that have indicated interest in the 41-year-old's services. Given his poor defense, the American League seems like a much better fit for Ibanez as he can serve as a designated hitter. He wrapped up 2013 with 29 home runs and a .793 OPS in just under 500 plate appearances.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles are not in on Raul Ibanez.

This is contrary to a report over the weekend. The 41-year-old Ibanez socked 29 homers this past season to the Mariners, but he's essentially a DH at this point in his career.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

Mariners general manager Jeff Zduriencik admitted Monday that re-signing free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez is not a high priority at the moment.

The 41-year-old wants to play one more season. "We're very fond of Raul," Zduriencik said. "We have to sift through some things at these meetings, primarily because we are so left-handed. As much as he and I would like to get something done, I think we need a little more time to figure out how we're going to allocate and what opportunities present themselves here." Ibanez hit 29 homers last season and can still square up right-handed pitching. We expect him to be in a big league camp next spring.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez.

The 41-year-old would most certainly be a better fit as a designated hitter in the American League, but the Rockies believe that he could be used as an effective option against right-handed pitching.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 4 Months

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rockies, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, among others, are interest in Raul Ibanez.

Even at 41, Ibanez still has some value as a designated hitter against right-handed pitching, but apparently some National League clubs might even consider him as an outfielder. Sherman expects Ibanez to pick his new club sometime during the Winter Meetings.

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George A. King III and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post report that the Yankees are interested in signing Raul Ibanez to be their designated hitter against right-handers.

Ibanez fared pretty well against right-handed pitching in 2012 for the Yankees, and King and Davidoff say that "some voices within the organization believe it was a mistake" to let him leave after the season. He went on to hit 29 homers in 2013 for the Mariners, which should allow him to cash in on a reasonably-sized one-year pact for 2014 even though he'll turn 42 during the season.

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Raul Ibanez hit his 29th homer of 2013 and 300th career homer Saturday versus the Angels.

The 29 homers tied Ted Williams for the most ever for a 41-year-old. He's just five homers shy of his career, despite having only 436 at-bats this season. He's topped 600 at-bats four times in his career, but he's never posted such a strong home run rate before.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH LAA 7 Months

Raul Ibanez plans to return for another season in 2014.

Ibanez is 41, but you can hardly blame him for wanting to continue his career given that he's slugged 27 homers this season. "Yeah, I want to play another year," Ibanez said prior to Tuesday's game with the Tigers. "It's not something I really dwell upon. It's not something I mull over and lose sleep over because I'm in the moment right now. But yeah, if you asked me right now, I definitely want to play another year." Ibanez will be a free agent this winter after making $2.75 million this season.