Jun 19, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez (28) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Raul Ibanez and Christian Colon Joining the Royals

It has been quite the busy June 30th for the Kansas City Royals in terms of roster changes. First, Raul Ibanez was signed to a major league contract after being released by the Los Angeles Angels. Then, the Royals called up 2010 first round pick Christian Colon. To make room for both players, the Royals designated Justin Maxwell and Pedro Ciriaco for assignment.

Colon, who is in the majors for the first time, is likely to take over as the Royals utility infielder. During his time in Omaha this season, Colon had posted a .296/.360/.384 batting line with four home runs while walking more than he has struck out. In his approximately season and a half overall for the Storm Chasers, Colon has posted a .284/.346/.386 batting line and 17 home runs. While Colon is not likely to be the answer as the power hitter the Royals seek, he has played second, third and short fairly well, and could be a valuable piece off the bench.

Ibanez played for the Royals over a decade ago, manning the outfield from 2001 through 2003. During that time, he produced a .291/.347/.492 batting line with 55 home runs as he alternated between left, right, first base and designated hitter. Ibanez also left an impression with his leadership and how he was in the clubhouse, not just with his statistics. While he struggled with the Angels, producing a meager .157/.258/.265 batting line with three home runs, Moore still admires what Ibanez could bring to the table.

“We’ve always been a big admirer of Raul, how he played and how he is as a person,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “We felt by signing him and bringing up Christian Colon, it makes our team as good as it can be today.”

It could be that Moore senses trouble in the clubhouse, and feels that the stabilizing, veteran leadership that the 42 year old Raul Ibanez can bring to the table is needed to alleviate those difficulties. Or, as is more likely, Moore feels that there may still be some thunder left in Ibanez’s bat, and that he could fill in as a power threat off the bench. If nothing else, Ibanez is a lottery ticket that Moore did not invest much into, yet could have a high return if he has anything left in the tank.

Are Raul Ibanez and Christian Colon the pieces that the Royals need to build towards a playoff push? Maybe not, but the Royals are determined to find out.

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  • Geogman

    Agree with the first premise. Ibanez was brought back to bring some leadership to the clubhouse for the second half. Liked the way he got next to Duffy right after he came out of game last night. Don’t know what he said but Duffy seemed to appreciate it.

  • moretrouble

    Moore senses trouble in the clubhouse? Bloggers, posters … the media in general are always trying to promote controversy … or trying to create it, LOL. Everyone’s watching way, way too much television. There is no drama here, LOL. KC feels some urgency … and I don’t blame them. They’ve got a shot to win this year … they dropped a couple of guys who were not producing and replaced them with two others. That’s something they may not have done in the past, but they haven’t been competitive in the past, either. It’s a good move if it works … if not, they’ll have to try something else.

  • unclejesse40

    I like the signing, you might as well try to add a little pop to the lineup cheap. If it doesn’t work then you look and see what other options are out there. I don’t think that many of the trade candidates this year are worth the amount of prospects you would need to give up. Some pretty average guys that their teams are asking for higher potential prospects and that smells of long term roster deconstruction to me.

  • nathan82

    I wonder if these moves are the precursor to sending Moose and Hosmer to Omaha. If the Royals have any chance of truly contending this year, those two players need to learn how to hit. Send them down for a month, and see if they can be fixed. They aren’t going to figure it out at the major league level. They haven’t thus far. Continuing to trot them out day after day is insanity. Billy and Raul can hold down first for a month, and let Valencia and Colon take third. It can’t be much worse than now and the long term potential is much better. It will hurt defensively, but this is not a playoff team with those two playing like they currently are. If they go down and continue to play the same, well at least we know that this is who they are and you go into off season knowing what you need to look for.

    • unclejesse40

      I was about this exact scenario with a buddy yesterday after it came out that Raul and Colon were joining the Royals. Part of me doesn’t think they will pull the trigger on such a major move but I think those two guys have to be firing on all cylinders come playoff time. Better to demote them now rather than later when you might need them.

  • Stan Colbert

    First off, I’d like to say Ned did a good jobmaa last night. If we get to a point where we get all the rally killers in the lineup grouped together we may be on our way! Last night Hos and Moose did get on base so, they had a great game.
    Moose, isn’t going anywhere! Ned has shown that! Hos going to Omaha isn’t happening either! With that in mind Ibanez was obviously brought in to play left field.Right! DH? You think? I am sure if anything he was brought in to play right field making it that much harder for Dyson to get on the field. Sit a .290 hitter to play a .157 makes sense to me.