Rumor: Yankees have been contacted by DH’s Guerrero and Ibanez 5

Now that the Yankees have an opening at the DH they have been in touch with Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and Carlos Pena, but that is not all. They have also been contact by the agents for Vladimir Guerrero and Raul Ibanez, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday.

The Yankees reportedly only have $1-$2 million to spend on a DH so this is going to be a wait them out and see who’s willing to settle for almost nothing type of situation.

Ibanez, 39, had just a .289 OBP and .707 OPS in 144 games last year and earned $11.5 million in the final year of a three year deal. Guerrero, soon to be 37, had a .317 OBP and .733 OPS in 145 games last year where he earned $8 million. Both played the majority of their games in hitter friendly parks.

It’s hard to say if either would be willing to accept such little money to play for the Yankees or if the Yankees would even want either of the two. My thinking is that the Yanks may hold out for one or two non-roster invitees in the end. It is possible, not likely, that one of these two would be desperate enough for that role.

In Davidoff’s story he lists Jack Cust as one of the players who reached out to the Yankees, but Cust agreed to a deal with the Astros.

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5 thoughts on “Rumor: Yankees have been contacted by DH’s Guerrero and Ibanez

  • luckynucky

    Raul Ibanez deserves a shot at the right-field porch. This guy can still play. I wish him the best of luck in any uniform, he is a gamer!

  • hotdog

    I still like Matsui…great plate discipline and clutch hitting BUT he may not want to be back on the East Coast and he's declining. I would still prefer him to any of the above even though he hits lefties better than righties.

  • Mr Q

    They should go with a young unproven at the beginning of the season. Then, depending on how things are working out, they can pick up somebody at the trade deadline. With the new pitching coming in, they can experiment a bit at DH. Perhaps give Romine some at bats while Martin is busy with regular duty behind the plate.

  • DSC

    Not sure why Seattle hasn’t signed Matsui, Baltimore Pena, Oakland Ibanez, and so on. Why is everyone gun shy when last year hitters were way behind pitchers? Get all the arms you can and all the bats you can, you can’t win by not scoring runs.

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