Ibanez still prefers to return to the Yankees, but the Yankees have been slow with negotiations and meanwhile the Seattle Mariners have been showing him real interest, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Sherman notes that Ibanez, who played in Seattle for 10 seasons, still owns a home there and plans to eventually retire there too. He’ll be 41 next season, isn’t he practically retired already anyway?
On one hand, I’m sure it can be frustrating seeing other free agents signing big deals while they sit around waiting for the Yankees, but they really do have bigger worries than Ibanez right now. They can find a DH else where. Heck, they practically have a second half DH built in with Alex Rodriguez, but finding a third baseman, a catcher, a right fielder, those will be more difficult tasks.
Until Ibanez has a contract it can’t be a good situation for him with the uncertainty involved. If Seattle makes him an offer there is probably a good chance he’ll take it. At the very least because he’s so old the Yankees don’t have to worry about them making him a multi-year offer.