PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02: Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single in the first inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Yesterday, we learned that the New York Yankees and Free Agent Outfielder Raul Ibanez extensively and were waiting for the AJ Burnett trade to be made official. This morning, Joel Sherman of the New York Post as well as ESPN's Buster Olney are reporting that the deal is in place for a $1.1 million plus incentives agreement pending an Ibanez physical.
Ibanez, who ranked 5th among this off-seasons free agent class in RBI over the past 3 seasons, joins a potent off-season signing class for the Yankees which also includes Dewayne Wise (minor league deal), Russell Branyan (minor league deal) and re-signing of Andruw Jones who will likely share the DH role with Ibanez. Ibanez who is a career .280/.372/.471 hitter should fit in nicely with a short porch in Yankee Stadium.
Ibanez hit 20 HR for the Phillies last season