In today’s press conference to introduce Raul Ibanez, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto declined to comment on whether he’s in on Masahiro Tanaka, tweets Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. “It’s not fair to the player or the organization to openly discuss free agents,” said Dipoto (link). Despite that, Fletcher thinks it’s still safe to assume they’re interested in the Japanese hurler. More out of the AL West..
- Brian McTaggart of MLB.com looked at the Astros‘ top storylines from 2013, including owner Jim Crane expanding the payroll and the appointment of Ryan Reid as president of business operations.
- Ibanez told reporters, including Fletcher (Twitter link) that he wouldn’t still be playing if he didn’t think he could do it at a high level. The 41-year-old inked a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $2.75MM that can go as high as $5MM with incentives.
- Ibanez also talks about why he hits well at the Angels‘ home park, tweets Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. The slugger said the background allows him to see ball well, he benefits from the park’s wide open gaps, and he says the ball moves well through the infield. His value is also helped by the fact that he won’t have to play the outfield in Anaheim.