Raul Ibanez Rumors: Thursday

2:53pm: Stark says the Phillies "stepped up their efforts" for Ibanez.  What’s more, Ibanez has been telling friends the Phils are his top choice.

12:18pm: According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark:

Even as the Angels continue to pursue Mark Teixeira, it appears that Raul Ibanez has emerged as their No. 1 alternative if Teixeira signs elsewhere. There were indications that the Angels already have begun negotiating the parameters of a deal with Ibanez on a just-in-case basis.

Ken Davidoff said the same in his blog earlier today. The Phillies, Mets, Nationals, and Cubs are other known suitors.

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