Ibanez, who last winter signed a one-year, $2.75-million contract that included incentives that could push the deal to $5 million, hit .242 with 29 home runs and 65 runs batted in for the
But he didn't come close to replicating last season in his three months with the Angels, batting .157 with a .258 on-base percentage, .265 slugging percentage, three homers, 21 RBIs 43 strikeouts and 23 walks in 57 games.
Ibanez did have two big hits early in the season, a game-tying, three-run homer in the ninth inning against the
"There's no doubt he's making some strides in the batter's box, and you're seeing better swings," Scioscia said in Cleveland on Tuesday. "The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows he needs to have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder than Raul, and we're confident he's going to contribute for us."
Ibanez started three straight games in Cleveland, and he had hits in each of the games, including a hard-hit double on Thursday.