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The Yankees have a deal with Raul Ibanez

Feb 20, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

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Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have a deal to sign Raul Ibanez. The deal is pending a physical. The deal is for $1.1 million in base salary, and could be worth as much as $4 million pending incentives.

It’s not sexy — I can’t think of any Yankees fans who comment here who have been gaga about it — but it’s fine enough move, especially if he’s platooning with Andruw Jones and isn’t expected to play much if any defense.

  1. nickynick04 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Raul is a class act….will bring CLASS
    to the Evil Empire…

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      I thought maybe they had a deal to part him out on the transplant organ black market. But no, I guess they’re going to play him after all.

  2. kingvorp - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    One of my favorite Raul moments was when he quoted Henley’s Invictus…I don’t know why but I loved it.

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      One of the dumbest, most bloviated poems ever written. If he had quoted Derek Walcott he might have impressed me. But then he’s not Carlos Delgado.

      • protius - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:03 AM

        Gator, it seems you know less about poetry then you do about baseball. Invictus is quite beautiful.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Because it showed intellect from a business full of “dumb jocks”?

      • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        No, because it proved Raul got through fifth grade – which is when I suspect most of us were first introduced to “Invictus.” Of course, by then I had studied the entire Dr. Seuss canon in detail, which equipped me to critique it professionally for the piece of blowhard self-promotional crap that it actually is. Henley wrote some fine stuff and it’s too bad that possibly the worst thing he ever wrote – effectively, a pep-talk to himself during his struggles with osseus tuberculosis – but that’s probably because it’s the kind of simplistic outburst that appeals to fifth grade teachers who think their students are dolts and to, eh, businesses full of dumb jocks who get hurt a lot.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Okay, then I guess it means he has a good memory, if that’s something he hasn’t read in almost 30 years and can reference out of thin air after 20 years of worrying primarily about family and baseball.

      • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Or that he’s kept it in his back pocket for all those years, penciled into the inside back cover of his copy of The Little Book of Calm.

  3. rjmarrella - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    He may be streaky at the plate, but he is a quality ball player coming on the cheap… Good move.

  4. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Not a big deal one way or another. But for $1MM I like it compared to what some of the other Free Agent DH’ers were asking.

    Just one signing for Cashman to take care of be it Chavez or someone else to spell A-Rod occasionally at 3rd base and then they are done.

    Let the games and the fun begin.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      I think that the fun will come from the Red Sox club house. Valentine committed a major verbal gaff yesterday. I await Craig’s take on it.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Leave it to Bobby V.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        See the next story by Craig.

  5. davebrownspiral - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Yanks holding their spring training in Del Boca Vista this year?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      “Are you telling me there’s not one condo available in all of Del Boca Vista??”

      • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        No, but there are some for sale in the drugstore around the corner.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Nice! I’m starting to have more reasons to go to Blue Jays games.

  7. humanexcrement - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Ibanez will be a great help to the 2005 Yankees.

  8. dcfan4life - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The Yankees signing a cheap veteran bat, scary when even the Yankees are playing it smart…

    • Old Gator - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Yeah, and it’s too bad the Feesh didn’t sign Pujols, because then you would have been treated to the spectacle of the Steinbrenner kids collecting luxury tax money from Scrooge McLoria. Ah well, it would have been fun to watch.

  9. philly56 - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    He was about two feet short of being the hero of NLDS game 7 last season….I know he sucks defensively but dang, when he’s on his game he’s frikin on man. Like boring on that movie about Brad Pitt aging backwards or whatever.

  10. snowbirdgothic - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Wishing Raul the best of luck in NY. For good or ill, the guy always tried hard, even if you could always imagine him shouting “GRRR! FIRE BAD!” as he lurched across the outfield.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Yeah- it’s a good move. If he produces- great. If not, you didn’t lose much. This is one of those low-risk, high-reward moves. Kind of like Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon last season.

  12. buffalomafia - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Why a has been bum why?

    • protius - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Do you mean: Why a has-been bum? Why? It’s two sentences. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure you out.

      We don’t know yet if he’s a “has-been.” IMHO, it would be a good idea to wait and see if he makes the team, and then wait and see how well he does up to the All-Star game. At that point, we should have a pretty good sample size of what he’s done, to predict how he’s going to do. No?

  13. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM


  14. rcali - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Well, with Mike Cameron retiring, there weren’t a lot of end of career guys to choose from.

    • protius - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM


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