Now that the A.J. Burnett deal is official the Yankees have turned their attention toward Raul Ibanez. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, they have the framework done for a $1 million deal plus incentives in place for a while now, but have held off until they could be sure they weren’t getting a DH back for Burnett.
Sherman also reported that Eric Chavez has made it clear he wants to return and the team wants him back. Talk is that they are discussing a deal worth around $1 million plus incentives. Any Chavez deal will probably take place after Ibanez, or another DH is in the mix.
Yesterday Sherman tweeted that the Yankees were only budgeting enough for one of the two, Ibanez and Chavez, and that they wouldn’t necessarily sign both. He also tweeted that the Yankees execs plan on meeting again to discuss signing both.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Damon is still looking for a $5 million deal. That explains everything right there.