Angels release veteran DH Raul Ibanez

Angels release the struggling Ibanez, who hit .157 with three homers and 21 RBI in 2013.

Angels released Raul Ibanez, who hit .157 with three homers and 21 RBI in 2013.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It didn't work out the way the Angels or Raul Ibanez envisioned it. In 57 games Ibanez hit just .157 with three home runs and 21 RBI in his lone season with the club.

On Saturday, the Angels requested waivers on Ibanez, granting him his unconditional release.

"He brings so many intangibles," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Unfortunately, on the field, he wasn't moving forward with what he was, hopefully, going to bring us. We had some young kids that are swinging the bat well and at-bats were going to slide their way. It's a tough day for us.

There were some bright spots for Ibanez in an Angels uniform. In April, Ibanez recorded his 2,000th career hit. He did so in dramatic fashion. Ibanez blasted a three-run home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Halos into extra innings with the Mets.

In doing so, Ibanez became one of just 12 active players with 2,000 hits and 300 home runs.

Those game altering moments at the plate, however, were just too few and far in between.

Although Ibanez didn't make a huge impact on the field, he certainly left his mark inside the clubhouse.

"It (stinks) to have a veteran guy like that in the clubhouse and to see him go," said Mike Trout who's locker is next to Ibanez in the Angels clubhouse. "What a teammate! I never really heard any negative things come out of him. Always positive.
"He's always trying to cheer people up when they're down. No negative in his body. It's just always straight positive. Over the last three months or whatever I've really gotten to know him a little bit. It (stinks) for him to go.

Scioscia says Ibanez took the news just as he'd expected him to being a "classy guy."
"I think like anybody there's always disappointment," Scioscia said. "Raul is such a terrific human being and person. He understands it. He's very accountable that he didn't do what he felt he needed to do for us."

Ibanez, who has 2,019 hits in his career, is in his 19th big league season. 11 of those 19 years were spent with American League West Division rival, Seattle.