Mariners and Ibanez talking contract extension

Updated: February 24, 2006, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Raul Ibanez is talking with the Seattle Mariners about a contract extension.

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"I would say that things are going well and I'm optimistic," Ibanez said Friday said.

Ibanez hit .280 with 20 homers and 89 RBI last season and is entering the final season of a $13 million, three-year deal. Ibanez is scheduled to go back into left field for the Mariners this season after being used primarily as their designated hitter last season. He started 101 games at designated hitter and 55 games in left field for Seattle in 2005.

The team signed Carl Everett in December to be its designated hitter this season.

He originally was a 36th round draft choice of the Mariners in June 1992 and made his major league debut with the team in 1996. He has a career batting average of .283 with 105 homers and 456 RBI in 10 major league seasons.

The Seattle Times, citing an unidentified source, reported Friday that Ibanez had signed an $11 million, two-year extension. The Mariners said no deal had yet been signed.

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