Raul Ibanez has said he’s wanted to comeback to the Yankees, but with at least three other teams interested in him it sounds like he’s tired of waiting. According to George King of the NY Post, Ibanez is looking to sign somewhere within the next seven to 10 days.
The Yankees have been in talks with him, but so far have made no offers and nothing seems imminent. Perhaps this is his way of moving the process along or perhaps he’s just getting tired of waiting.
The Mariners, Phillies, and Rangers are the three other teams said to be interested in him. He’s got ties to two former teams and the latter seems a bit desperate after missing out on so many of their free agent targets this offseason. So if the Yankees are serious about wanting Ibanez back they are going to have to show it real soon or otherwise be at serious risk to lose him.
Ibanez will turn 41 next June. He played on a $1.1 million base salary last year and earned $3.15 million after reaching incentives. It’s probably going to take more than a $1.1 million base to sign him this offseason as there was basically no interest in him a year ago, but there is a chance a deal will still be incentive laden.
If Ibanez does come back next season it will strictly be as a platoon DH. He hit .248/.319/.492 against righties last season, but just .197/.246/.246 against lefties and also struggled in the field hitting about .100 OPS points lower than he did while serving as a DH.