Angels release veteran DH Raul Ibanez

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

Brad Mills

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.