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Angels near one-year deal with Ibanez

Veteran slugger connected on 29 home runs for Mariners in 2013

ANAHEIM -- A baseball source has confirmed that the Angels are close to a one-year deal with 41-year-old designated hitter Raul Ibanez, pending a physical.

The team has not yet commented.

The Angels are still looking for a starting pitcher and are believed ready to bid on Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka if he is posted. They also are interested in free-agent right-hander Matt Garza.

Ibanez slugged 29 home runs with a .249 average and 65 RBIs in his third stint with Seattle in 2013, when he earned $2.75 million, the same reported amount as his Angels deal, which is said to include incentives that could push the total value to $5 million.

Ibanez was an All-Star in 2009 with Philadelphia.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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