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Report: Yankees adding Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez to mix

Feb 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina AP

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman indicates that the Yankees have agreements with left-handed hitters Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez that will be finalized after the A.J. Burnett deal is approved by the league.

The Yankees looked at picking up a left-handed option at DH in a Burnett trade and reportedly had a deal done for Bobby Abreu, only to have Burnett reject the trade to Anaheim. They also showed interest in Garrett Jones in talks with Pittsburgh and in Cleveland’s Travis Hafner.

However, since those plans fell through, Ibanez appears set to get the gig. He’ll likely start at DH against most right-handers and take a seat in favor of Andruw Jones against lefties. The Yankees also figure to have Alex Rodriguez and other starters DH once in a while.

Ibanez, 39, hit .245/.289/.419 for the Phillies last season. It was his worst campaign since 2000, but he did play somewhat better after a brutal April. For what little it’s worth, he’s gone 7-for-23 with two homers and two doubles in six games at new Yankee Stadium.

Chavez will be re-signing with the Yankees after hitting .263/.320/.356 in 160 at-bats last season. His inclusion should complete the bench, which will also include Jones, Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli. Barring an injury, there won’t be any room for outfielders Chris Dickerson and Justin Maxwell or infielder Ramiro Pena.

  1. marshmallowsnake - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    LOL @ Johnny Damon.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Leave Johnny alone. He is grieving.

      • marshmallowsnake - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Yes, this is true.

  2. seahawks80 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    They couldnt find anyone a little older?

  3. yankeesfanlen - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Looks like an excellent line-up to me.
    What say you, uyf?

    • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Works for me. I think Cashman has done a great job this off season.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        Time will tell on that. I find it interesting that the Yankees passed on 2 former Yankees in favor of Ibanez. They know what both Damon and Matsui can do and decided to go in a different direction.

  4. seahawks80 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Yep, very good lineup. With Ibanez batting in the 6-8 spot thats pretty good…hopefully everyone stays healthy. The only concern I have is its an older lineup thats going to require some rest along the way.

    • paperlions - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Ibanez batting anywhere in the lineup is not “pretty good”. If he was a defensive whiz, he might be an average regular….but being a horrible hitter and bringing no added value will make him one of the worst players in the league next year. Last year he had the lowest WAR of anyone in MLB. How is being 40 supposed to help that? Damon was a much better player last year….and most likely will be (if he gets a job) this year as well.

  5. randygnyc - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Ugh, I hate ibanez. Hopefully, he doesn’t make it out of Tampa.

  6. rip4gehrig - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    very good lineup if they stay healthy, I just wish they would start getting a llittle younger.

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Great looking lineup if it was 6 years ago.

  8. yankeesgameday - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    /whatever… The core for all the AL contenders Is the same as last year except for two huge signings in Anaheim and Detroit so I am going to spare all of us some drama from caring about these role players anymore over the next 9 months:

    AL Central – Tigers win division with best record in the AL
    AL West – Texas and Anaheim finish 1 and 2, with the second place team taking the AL Wild Card. Not sure who actually takes division though. Too close to call.
    AL East – Yanks take the division over the sox and Rays because they are still built for a better record over 162 games, just not a playoff run.

    Tigers and Angels make it to ALCS.
    Tigers go to series and beat the Phillies because they have way more offense and Verlander outpitches Haladay twice.

    AL MVP: Cano
    AL CY YOUNG: Verlander

    /seacrest out.

    • Ari Collins - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      I could quibble here and there (No way Tigers have the best record, and I think the WC comes out of the East), but sounds reasonable.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        Remember there may be 2 wild cards this year. Not sure yet.

  9. buffalomafia - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Another over the hill player! I wish the Yanks could get rid of A-Rod & get David Wright from Mets. Hey Who sats u cant wish?

  10. buffalomafia - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Yanks- AL East
    Tigers-AL Central
    Angels-Al West
    Wild Cards- Tampa, Boston

    Braves-NL East
    Reds-NL Central
    Rockies-NL West
    Wild Card-Phillies,Giants

    Angels over Phillies in World Series

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      While I would love the Braves to win their division I just can’t see them taking it this year over Philly. Maybe next year. Also you have the Rangers missing the playoffs even if there are two WC spots? Bold call.

  11. pisano - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I would have much rather had Abreu than Ibanez, but AJ saw to it that Abreu wasn’t coming back to the Yankees. It was in his deal that he couldn’t be dealt to the west coast. I think even Damon would have been a better choice than Ibanez, at least the Yankees have freed themselves of AJ, thank God.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I’ll believe Ramiro Pena is out of the mix when I see it. I’ve never seen a weaker-hitting, shoddy-fielding player get more love from a team than him. I just don’t get it.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Pena is the worst, period.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Cody Ransom?

  13. rip4gehrig - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Now its time to start looking for a third baseman.

    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Leave ARod Alone!

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