The Angels have released Raul Ibanez.
After the Halos signed Ibanez to a 1-year, $2.75 million dollar contract to serve as their designated hitter, the 42 year old slugger had what was a very productive April at times -- even providing huge hits. But Ibanez was declining rapidly, to the tune of just a .157/.258/.265 slash line, and only 3 homeruns.
Also working against Ibanez was a slew of emerging young role players that Mike Scioscia has to squeeze into the everyday lineup. The most likely candidate to replace Ibanez as the everyday DH is young power bat CJ Cron.
Many questioned why Ibanez was still in the starting lineup, but that situation is now resolved. And the Angels will have the more productive bats in the DH role, as well as an additional spot for role players to move around in the lineup. This is also creates an opening for lefty swing man Hector Santiago to stay on the big club, and perhaps work out of the bullpen.
Ibanez has played in parts of 19 seasons with the Mariners, Royals, Phillies, Yankees and Angels.
Angels Insider News
- To fill Ibanez's spot, the Angels recalled 1B/OF Efren Navarro. The team also optioned righty reliever Cam Bedrosian, and called up another righty bullpen arm, David Carpenter... Yes, there are two of them.
- Nike has created a signature cleat for Mike Trout, called the Nike Lunar Vapor Trout. The shoe was unveiled in Fullerton, CA yesterday. The shoe features a red and fluorescent yellow color scheme. More than 30 biomechanics experts collaborated with Nike's Oregon headquarters, and took two years to produce, with Trout as a consultant. To top off the honor, Trout is only the second baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have his own Nike shoe line.
- There is lot's of talk floating around about the Angels exploring the reliever trade market. Some have even hinted at the Halos going after a starter. If they go for the latter, they can ensure depth in both areas. That's if Mike Scioscia puts them there instead of optioning them, which would thin out the bullpen again. But just going for a reliever is still a good approach. Putting Santiago in with that reliever is like adding two. Or, they could go get a starter AND a reliever. We'll just have to wait and see.
- Jered Weaver starting tonight's game against the Texas Rangers means that Shoemaker will get the call tomorrow night Sunday night, and Santiago will finally go back to the bullpen, temporarily.
- Grant Green (.354/.368/.462) is back with the club after the Angels optioned reliever Dane De La Rosa to Triple-A Salt Lake. Infielder Ian Stewart was reinstated to the 40-man roster and was also optioned to Salt Lake.
- Speaking of 2014 draftees, the reason why the Angels have yet to sign their first round draft pick, Sean Newcomb, is because he's been participating in the College World Series. Once the tournament is over, both parties can then complete their agreements.
- The Angels did sign second round pick Joe Gatto, along with Alex Abbott and a large number of other draft picks.
- Just imagine this rotation coming into 2017: Garrett Richards, Sean Newcomb, Tyler Skaggs, Joe Gatto... And there's always the possibility of either Weaver or CJ Wilson being extended to add to that group. Plus, Shoemaker and/or Santiago could still be around then. The Angels are well on their way to rebuilding their organizational starting pitching depth.
- A July 27 game against the Tigers, scheduled as TBD for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 5:00 PM PT, will start at 12:35 p.m. PT. ESPN picked up Dodgers-Giants instead. The early start time could allow the Angels and Indians to make up their rain out the next day.
- Outfielder Brennan Boesch, who signed to a Minor League deal with the Angels over the offseason, hit three home runs for Triple-A Salt Lake during a doubleheader on Wednesday.
- Erick Aybar has hit .347 in his past 26 games with 17 RBIs.
- Albert Pujols has nine RBIs in his past seven games.
- As if the Nike story wasn't enough, Trout is the first player in MLB history to record 300 runs, 75 homers and 75 steals in his first 400 games.
- Oh, and Mike is hitting .393/.473/.787 with a 1.259 OPS over his last 24 games...