The Royals reached into their past in an attempt to enhance their rickety bench, signing veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez to a major-league contract for the league minimum. Ibanez will join the team on Monday evening at Target Field, as will infielder Christian Colon, the team’s first-round pick in 2010.
“Our bench is something that we’ve been trying to address,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “Raul obviously can fit there. He can play left field. He can play right field.”
The duo will replace infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Justin Maxwell. Both were designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Ibanez, 42, batted .157 for the Angels this season and received his release on June 21. But he is coming off a 29-homer season for Seattle in 2013. He swatted 19 the year before with the Yankees. He played for the Royals from 2001 to 2003.
“When he was released, all of our scouts and our entire major-league coaching staff felt that he could be a potentially important part of our team,” Moore said.
Colon, 25, hit .296 for Class AAA Omaha. He can play second base and third base, and fill in at shortstop if necessary.