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Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez was with the Mariners for the best and worst of times during a four-team career that seems destined to end where it all began.
And those worst of times don't even include the 2010 season. Ibanez had already left when the Mariners were racked by 101 losses, a historic offensive collapse and internal strife that resulted in a housecleaning of coaches and players. That housecleaning — only part of it involved a rebuilding process still ongoing — finally appears done and it's a spanking new abode in which Ibanez and other veterans have unpacked their bags.
For some, the stopover might be brief. There's no denying a good deal of the team's new look was achieved with players here on only one-year deals.
But it's also tough to deny that the Mariners will head into the 2013 season with a power-fueled look and positive clubhouse vibe vastly different from previous years. Read story →