Yankees Agree to One Year Deal with Raul Ibanez

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17 thoughts on “Yankees Agree to One Year Deal with Raul Ibanez

  1. Eli

    It might be a cheap deal but I still dont like the idea of Raul Ibanez as the DH of the yankees.

  2. williamjtasker

    In the whole, there's not a whole lot of difference between Ibanez and the other candidates for the job. Am I thrilled with the signing? Not particularly.

    • Thrilled? Whaddya expect for that price? How many Picasso's have you found at a flea market? Given the others, this is as fine as nearly every other bat. I wanted Vlad, but that's only due to my fascination with him and his past skills, not what can bring in 2012. Viva the 40 year old DH!Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

      • williamjtasker

        Point taken. But still Meh over the idea. :)

        • Me too. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

      • BrienJackson

        I'm not at all wild about Ibanez getting a MLB deal, but I guess he's easily DFA'able at that price.

  3. It fills a need for the Yankees. Nothing more, nothing less I suppose. It's definitely hard to blame the Yankees for signing Ibanez for $1.1m when Johnny Damon is demanding $5m.

    • David

      Also, the scouts said "you cannot play Matsui or Damon in the OF" whereas they think Ibanez can do a day or two possibly a week, if necessary.

      • williamjtasker

        Damon had a UZR 150 of -15.6 in left last year. Ibanez in the same stat: -21.8. I'm not sure if I want any part of Ibanez wearing a glove.

        • David

          Will — I am 100% going by ONLY the Yankees scouting report information coming out and not anything "solid" like last year's stats. I fully-expect this may be a case of "who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?"

          • williamjtasker

            Yeah, I agree.

          • jay_robertson

            Isn't it realistic to expect Ibanez to be as good (or – as bad) as Thames on a bad day? With what looks to be less left in the tank?

            At least he'll be entertaining if he IS in the field – and a sure shot to make Sports Center – if not in a good way.

      • True, though I am definitely skeptical about how accurate that is. I don't think I want to see any of them in the outfield!

        • By "that" I meant Ibanez's ability to play the field. Hadn't see William's UZR 150 comparison yet, which just solidifies my feelings!

  4. John

    I thought the impression was that Ibanez wanted more money. I'm guessing the current market dictated the $1.1 million offer?

    He's not what he used to be, but if he can get back to anywhere close to his former level this is a good signing.

  5. Ben

    Why are we focusing on defense? Ibanez is 5th on the depth chart and will be hitting against right handers? He and Damon were about the same for that role, Ibanez having a slightly better average and better power, whereas Damon had the better OBP and steals, if you want to count that.

    At the end of the day, Damon, again, was asking for the Yanks to overpay his value by more than $4 million.

    • williamjtasker

      Beeecause…other writers have brought it up as to why Ibanez was preferred over Matsui and Damon. But I agree that Ibanez is being paid for his at bats.

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