Did The Red Sox Claim Raul Ibanez ?
Posted by Mike on August 14, 2008
Seattle Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez has been claimed off waivers by a team according to Ken Rosenthal. The team who claimed Ibanez is unknown, but according to MLBTradeRumors the order of non-contenders to claim a player is:
The American League received first crack at the two Mariners, in the following order (omitting non-contenders):
- Blue Jays
- White Sox
- Red Sox
The Red Sox who previously claimed Brian Giles, in hopes he could play RF and JD Drew would move to center, are in need of another OF and a bat. Ibanez would give the Red Sox both of those. The 36-year-old is batting .287 with a .351 on-base percentage, 18 home runs and 80 RBIs. He is owed the remainder of his $5.5 million salary, and is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, so if he left after the season the Red Sox would get 2 draft picks for him. The only teams who have have put in a claim in front of the Red Sox would be the Yankees, Twins and White Sox. However, the Yanks are waving the proverbial white flag and wouldn’t spend the money on Paul Byrd. And the White Sox would rather add pitching, but the Twins are a strong possibility after Michael Cuddyer has been continually hurt, but they just signed Bobby Kielty. We shall soon see what team it was, but there is no way that Ibanez got past the Red Sox, because the Rays would certainly claim him. It is also possible that a team out of contention put in a claim for Ibanez, but that is unlikely.