Yankees make Ibanez signing official

The Yankees officially have their next DH as they announced this morning that Raul Ibanez‘s one-year $1.1 million deal is done. There is no need to make room on the 40-man roster for him as there was an empty space following the A.J. Burnett deal.

Ibanez will be the team’s primary DH, but he probably won’t see much time at all against lefties. Instead the Yankees will probably use Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter or Andruw Jones at the spot.

It’s hard to like this Ibanez deal with the way he played last season, but he supposedly worked hard to improve this offseason and could have some more success aiming at the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. The fact that he’s signed for such little money is good too because it gives the Yankees the flexibility to go out and get a replacement for him easily if he’s not carrying his weight.

Johnny Damon seemed to have been the only other option they seriously considered, but he lost out on the job because he wanted $5 million to play. Not sure where he’ll find work now, but it would be sad to see him fall short of 3,000 hits because he was greedy.

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2 Responses to Yankees make Ibanez signing official

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    "[I][t would be sad to see [Damon] fall short of 3,000 hits because he was greedy." Amen.

    In another world, it would also have been nice to see Damon get 3,000 hits in pinstripes. Evidently, not gonna happen.

    Anyhow, Go Yanks!!

  2. Matt_DC says:

    It seems that teams are looking for more versatility in the DH slot rather than the fulltime bat. The Rays chose Luke Scott over Damon – maybe because he can play the outfield and first base? Ibanez is terrible defensively. That said if the Yankees went with Ibanez over Damon because of defense that speaks volumes of where they think Johnny is with the glove right now.