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.
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.