Ibanez lands with Angels
The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms Wednesday with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter.
The contract would guarantee Ibanez $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could make the deal worth $5 million. Ibanez would earn all the bonuses if he remains in the lineup all season.
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Assuming Ibanez passes his physical, he would replace Mark Trumbo as the Angels’ designated hitter. The Angels traded Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks last week.
Ibanez, 41, batted .242 with 29 home runs for the Mariners last season. The Angels clearly are betting that his second-half fade was not a result of age. He hit .267 with 24 home runs in the first half, .203 with five home runs in the second half.
Less than two days after highly sought Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he wanted to pitch in Major League Baseball next season, several Japanese newspapers reported the Rakuten Golden Eagles would not permit teams to bid for him. By keeping Tanaka for at least another year, the Eagles would forgo a $20 million compensatory posting fee.
The San Diego Padres agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract. In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston’s David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.
In other news, third baseman Eric Chavez reached an agreement to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Atlanta Braves acquired catcher Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.
The Cleveland Indians acquired left-hander Josh Outman from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The Rockies also reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox for versatile infielder Jonathan Herrera.
The Baltimore Orioles obtained outfielder David Lough from the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.
The Miami Marlins and third baseman Casey McGehee agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year deal.
The overall average major-league salary rose 5.4 percent this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the steepest since 2006.
The Yankees had the highest average for the 15th consecutive season at $8.17 million. Houston’s average of $549,603 was the smallest since the 1999 Kansas City Royals.
The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million.
Cal adds four juco players
California signed four junior college defensive players as coach Sonny Dykes tries to improve on a one-win debut season. Dykes said safety/outside linebacker Sam Atoe, defensive tackle David Davis, defensive end Jonathan Johnson and defensive end Trevor Kelly all signed letters of intent and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Bowling Green hired Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers to become the Falcons’ new coach. Babers led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the Football Championship Series quarterfinals.
Jaromir Jagr’s 693rd career goal was his 122nd game-winner, passing Gordie Howe for most in NHL history, as the host New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.
Jagr also moved past Steve Yzerman and into sole possession of eighth place on the NHL goals list, one behind Mark Messier.
St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen agreed to terms on a $17.4 million, three-year extension.
Real Salt Lake promoted assistant coach Jeff Cassar, 39, to replace Jason Kreis, who stepped down to become coach of the expansion New York City FC.
Frank Klopas is the new coach of the Montreal Impact. The former Chicago Fire coach will replace Marco Schallibaum as coach and director of player personnel.
Novak Djokovic became the latest player to hope Grand Slam magic of old rubs off by hiring Boris Becker as his coach.
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