MLB Notes: Angels to sign Raul Ibanez

MLB Notes: Angels to sign Raul Ibanez

Amaro still confident in Phillies, if they stay healthy

December 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Raul Ibanez will play in his 19th season at age 42 with the Angels next year. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies made the Roberto Hernandez signing official on Wednesday, finalizing a one-year, $4.5 million with the starting pitcher (see story).

In addition, the Phils invited four players to spring training as non-roster invitees, including outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and former catching prospect Lou Marson (see story).

Here's a quick look at other moves that happened around the majors on Wednesday:

Ibanez, Angels agree to terms
Raul Ibanez and the Angels have agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with incentives, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ibanez, who is expected to replace Mark Trumbo as the Angels' designated hitter, could make up to $5 million with bonuses. The 41-year-old hit .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs in 124 games for the Mariners last season.

The 18-year veteran has played in at least 123 games in each of the past 12 seasons. In addition to the Phillies and three stints with the Mariners, Ibanez has also spent time with the Yankees and Royals.


Braves trade for Doumit
ATLANTA -- Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.

After playing his first seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Doumit spent two years in Minnesota. He hit .247 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs this year, when he started only 43 games at catcher and also played in the outfield.

The switch-hitter batted .318 with 15 homers and 69 RBIs in 2008 for the Pirates and had his best power numbers in 2012, when he hit .275 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs for the Twins.

Gilmartin, the 28th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, was 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett last season.


D'Backs re-sign 3B Chavez
PHOENIX -- Eric Chavez has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The 36-year-old third baseman reportedly had been courted by several other teams but decided to return to Arizona on a one-year deal. Chavez has had his home in nearby Scottsdale for several years.

Chavez hit .281 with nine home runs last season. Although he played in only 80 games, his 44 RBIs were fourth-most on the team and his highest total since 2007. It was his first year in the National League after 15 major league seasons in the AL with Oakland and the New York Yankees, although he played in only 31 games combined in 2008 and 2009 because of shoulder and back injuries. He had a pair of stints on the disabled list last season, first with a right oblique strain, then with a strained left knee.

A six-time gold glove player early in his career with Oakland, Chavez is expected to back up Martin Prado at third and be available as a left-handed pinch hitter. The Diamondbacks traded young third baseman Matt Davidson to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week for closer Addison Reed.


Marlins sign 3B McGehee
MIAMI -- With the addition of third baseman Casey McGehee, the Miami Marlins have replaced half of their punchless 2013 lineup.

McGehee, a five-year major league veteran who played in Japan last season, agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract Wednesday. Miami earlier acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones and second baseman Rafael Furcal to shake up an offense that ranked last in the majors in runs and batting average.

"We needed to get more production offensively," president of baseball operations Mike Hill said. "We still have some work to do, but we're very comfortable with the progress we've made this offseason."

Miami designated 2008 first-round pick Kyle Skipworth for assignment. The catcher went hitless in three at-bats during a brief stint with the Marlins in his major league debut this year.

Marlins third basemen totaled three homers and 44 RBIs in 2013, worst in the majors in both categories. McGehee hit .292 with 28 homers in Japan last season.


Rockies, Indians swap Outman, Stubbs
CLEVELAND -- The Indians made another move to remodel their bullpen, adding a pitcher with a name seemingly suited for his role.

Cleveland acquired Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The left-handed Outman is the newest member to Cleveland's revamped bullpen, which has seen All-Star closer Chris Perez released and free agent right-handers Joe Smith and Matt Albers sign elsewhere this offseason.

Outman joined the Indians just as the club was trying to finalize a deal with new closer John Axford. He agreed to terms with the Indians on a one-year, $4.5 million contract earlier this week but had to pass a physical. The Indians could announce Axford's signing as early as Thursday.

The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Outman limited left-handed hitters to a .198 average and had a 3.41 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field. A former prospect of the Phillies, Outman was sent to Oakland in the trade that landed the Phils Joe Blanton in 2008.