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Sources say Angels (maybe) interested in Ibanez

Got this off of the MLB.com Hot Stove Winter Meetings Blog. Says we are possibly considering Raul Ibanez if we dont get Teix.

With multiple reports suggesting the Red Sox have moved out front in the Mark Teixeira Sweepstakes, with the Nationals also preparing a substantial offer and the Yankees and Orioles presumably in the picture, the Angels could be considering free agent left fielder Raul Ibanez as a potential fit in the heart of their order in Teixeira's absence.

GM Tony Reagins offered no comment other than "he's a good player," but Ibanez would appear to be an excellent fit if Garret Anderson and Juan Rivera depart as free agents. Ibanez has averaged 24 homers and 105 RBIs the past four seasons for the Mariners and is a .358 career hitter at Angel Stadium with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 257 at-bats. A line-drive hitter, he'd blend into the Angels' slash-and-dash style and is known as a high-caliber clubhouse presence. Ibanez, 36, is believed to be seeking a three-year deal in the $36 million range.

-- Lyle Spencer

This guy is a solid player. Although, I don't know how much this report is just speculation on the part of the writer or an actual possibility. Plus, why would we ditch a 37 year old left-fielder (GA) for a 36 year old left-fielder? I dont think Ibanez is that much better, if at all, than GA. Something tells me that Lyle Spencer is just looking for something to write about.

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