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It’s not a sure thing that the Yankees will add Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez

Feb 18, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com indicated last night that the Yankees would finalize contracts with Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez once A.J. Burnett is officially traded to the Pirates. That may turn out to be the case, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that it’s not a sure thing they’ll add either player.

Sherman reported yesterday that the Yankees planned to add Ibanez and Chavez on contracts worth about $1 million, so given that they are reportedly saving $5 million this season in the Burnett deal, I have a hard time believing they’ll ultimately pass.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Firget trying to get thecover the hills guys!

    Target David Wright of the Mets & trade A-Rod since he always gets hurt cause he is not on the juice anymore?

    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Leave ARod Alone!

    • protius - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Are you illiterate?

    • lardin - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Its called a no trade clause for a reason.

  2. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Sorry forget & over the hill!

    Damn Iphone sux for texting! Lol!

    • pisano - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      buffalo… you might as well get used to Arod for the next five or so years. The Yankees were lucky to get rid of A.J.’s contract, but there won’t be a takers for Arod. The best hope is he gets on track and hits somewhat like he used to because he’s not going anywhere. That being said, David Wright is a nice thought.

    • protius - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      “Forget and over the hill.” It still doesn’t make any sense. What are you trying to say?

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Say its no so Cashman. Middle aged baseball players need jobs too. Get them off the street.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Edit function “not”

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      middle aged like oliver?

  4. randygnyc - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Please pass on ibanez. Re-sign Chavez and Damon.

    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      That makes good sense.

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Damon cant throw!

    • genericcommenter - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      If a platoon DH is needed to throw, they have more problems than that.

  6. rip4gehrig - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    They need somebody that can play third so he can come in when A-Rod goes down……Chavez!

  7. genericcommenter - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The LH DH should not be playing the field at all. So defense should not matter. OF= Gardner, Grandy, Swish, Andruw. If they need a 5th OF they have plenty of AAAA types. That covers OF. Chavez covers IF reserves. The LH DH should be able to hit righties. That’s about it. That’s why Yanks weren’t playing Matsui in the field in 2009 or Posada last year, and didn’t re-sign Matsui or Damon in the first place- they knew they had no defensive value and no need for them in the field.

  8. rob0527 - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Gotta add Ibanez with that short porch in right. Plus adding Chavez will allow them to rest Tex and Arod.

    • protius - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      True dat.

  9. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    @yankeesfanlen- A-Rod is a every other year player! He isnt consistant like he used to?

    • protius - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Do you have your own form of English? How is: “He isn’t like he used to?” a question?
      Also, “He isn’t like he used to” what? Are you trying to say that A-Rod does not play every year? Are you new to baseball?

  10. Francisco (FC) - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    This is weird, at some point last season I thought Ibanez was the worst LF in the League, Damon must REALLY be awful if Yankee Management prefers Ibanez over Damon because of Defense.

  11. Craptastics9 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I guess you’ve never seen a Damon “throw”. I love the guy and his contributions when he was in the Bronx, but I think the average person could kick a ball into the infield better than his average throw. The Bombers have the offense, so they should sign Chavez for the versaltility and as a “defensive” player. The other player signed should be: Catcher #1 priority (or promote Romine because Cervelli couldn’t throw out your Gandmama…Promoting Romine this year would be smart so he can learn how to frame pitches from Russell Martin, the master) , Infield #2 (because Pena and Nunez’s hands are apparently made of granite), and outfield #3 (defensively we’re good here). With the pitching improved, and returning an awesome offense, defensive replacements should be the priority. Damon, Matsui, Ibanez, and/or Vlad add almost nothing to the team.

  12. cackalackyank - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I have to agree with generic. If the person they sign to be the “left handed” DH ends up playing the field…we are in DEEP ****, and how well Johnny Damon throws, Hideki Matsui “runs” etc etc will be the very LEAST of NYY concerns. While I like the idea of adding Chavez again, the platoon DH theory has a bit of a flaw. Correct me if I’m wrong but A-Rod, Jeter…both righties like Jones. Also, If I recall correctly, the biggest fall of from Texeira is in his lefthand production. Really NEED a productive LH bat to DH. imho of course.

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