Welcome Back Raul
The Kansas City Royals announced on Monday that they have signed former Royal, Raul Ibanez to a major league deal.
Let me see if I can go back into the deep, dark crevices of my brain to recollect a player from my early childhood. Ah, yes. Raul was a great one indeed. A fan favorite, might I add. When the Royals decided to give Mike Sweeney the large contract in 2004, Raul Ibanez decided that he had enough.
Though Ibanez left, it was said by him directly that he would love to finish his career in Kansas City, and now he is doing just that.
I will say, I have my reservations about Ibanez's second time through KC because he has not had a decent year since 2010. I will also say that he hit 29 home runs for Seattle last year, and will provide the necessary power needed to help bolster the lineup.
During his time in Kansas City, Raul Ibanez hit .291, belted 55 home runs, and had a total of 247 RBIs. It's easy to see why Raul was a fan favorite.
Ibanez has certainly not gotten any younger. Being that he is 42 years old, I expect this to be his last season.
Other notable roster moves- The Royals have DFA'd Justin Maxwell to make room for Ibanez. Pedro Ciriaco was also DFA'd in order for the team to call up prospect Christian Colon.