Mariners Offer Arb To Ibanez

TUESDAY: A quote from GM Jack Zduriencik on Ibanez:

"It’s a bonus to be able to get two picks if we don’t sign him.  But foremost, we’d like to have him come back to be a player for us this year."

It seems that if the Ms would really like Ibanez back, they’d offer him a reasonable multiyear deal.

MONDAY: According to Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Mariners offered arbitration to outfielder Raul Ibanez.  It was an easy decision, as at least ten clubs have interest in Ibanez and he’s certain to decline the arb offer to sign a multiyear deal.  As a Type A free agent, the Ms stand to gain two draft picks for him.

For some reason, only 56.5% of MLBTR readers expected Ibanez to be offered arbitration in our recent poll.

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