Raul Ibanez eager for fresh start with LA Angels

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

Ibanez fresh start: Raul Ibanez agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month. The 41-year-old veteran proclaimed his excitement Monday to play in the Angels' pitcher-friendly ballpark with its big outfield, high right-field wall and ever-present marine layer.

The Angels intend to get more than civic cheerleading from the personable Ibanez, whose steady power stroke hasn't vanished in his 40s. Even with a second-half swoon, Ibanez hit 29 homers last season for the Seattle Mariners -- including the 300th of his career at the Big A in September.

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