The New York Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez, according to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post. Following the trade for Pineda and the Kuroda signing, the club has been reportedly been looking for a designated hitter. Buster Olney says in a tweet that Ibanez would be a good fit, possibly because he's cheap and can play the corner outfield spots.
Ibanez, 39 (thirty-nine!), is a career .280 hitter with a surprising amount of pop left in his bat; even after only hitting .245 last season for the Phillies, he still dinged 20 out of the park. Those worried about durability should look at his games played over the last few seasons and take heart -- 2011/144; 2010/155; 2009/134. Combine that with the purported goal to use the DH slot to rest the older regulars on the club, and perhaps Ibanez is a perfect fit.
Yankees interested in Raul Ibanez, - Kevin Kernan | NYPOST.com
"The Yankees have interest in lefty hitting Raul Ibanez, according to sources. Ibanez’s average dropped to .245 last season with the Phillies, but he hit 20 home runs and drove in 84 runs. Ibanez, who will turn 40 in June, has drawn interest from a number of clubs."
- Twitter / @Buster_ESPN - "Raul Ibanez would be a good fit for the Yankees: they'd get him cheaply, he's got a nice swing for the park,can play RF-LF, and a great guy."
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