ibanez deal is incentive heavy. only $2.75M guaranteed, but can earn $5M total.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2013
While Ibanez may not be the sexiest name (or face), it is hard not to like this deal. Even with if he achieves all the incentives, $5 million is perfectly reasonable for what Ibanez can provide. He is coming off of one of the greatest seasons even for a 41-year old, one that he has pretty much zero chance at replicating, but it at least proves that he should have something left in the tank for his age 42 season.
Even with a preposterous 20.7 HR/FB%, hitting 29 homers while playing your home games at Safeco Field (where he hit 17) is no small feat. Moving to the Big A should make things a little bit easier for Ibanez. There has also been a lot of people pointing out that he has a career .349/.407/.522 slash line in 70 career games in Anaheim. That is encouraging, but it probably isn't all that meaningful since those numbers have been compiled over a long career. What the Angels can probably reasonably expect is for Ibanez to hit around .250 with an OBP around .300 and maybe 20 homers (Steamer actually has him at .239/.305/.416). That is basically like having Trumbo, but without as much power. That's kind of the whole point of having Trumbo, but it isn't as if the Angels are giving up value in several other areas at the same time, just the power department.no comments