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Sox unsuccessful in landing Ibanez

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 14, 2008 08:46 PM

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The Red Sox were one of a few teams, according to a major league source, who put in a trade waiver claim on Seattle outfielder Raul Ibanez, but the Sox were not awarded the claim as an undisclosed team with a worse record than the Red Sox had a 48-hour window to work out a deal with the Mariners.

The Seattle Times reported that the Tigers and Twins also put in a claim on Ibanez. The Twins were also trying to land Jarrod Washburn so they could move one of their starters to the bullpen. The paper reported that both players - Washburn and Ibanez - were likely staying put in Seattle.

The Sox have been very active on the waiver wire, putting in a claim on Brian Giles, but then unable to work out a deal with San Diego when Giles invoked his no-trade to Boston. However, the Sox were able to block him getting to Tampa Bay, which also had interest in Ibanez. Their claim might have been geared toward blocking the Rays. The Sox also put in a claim and received Paul Byrd after making a deal with Cleveland for a player-to-be-named later and/or cash considerations.

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