As one potential right fielder comes off of the board today, Dan Martin reports that the Yankees have had “preliminary talks” with Raul Ibanez about a second season in pinstripes. Ibanez would be used in a platoon role, I assume akin to the DH job he was signed to assume last season before Brett Gardner’s injury forced him into more playing time in the field. On the other hand, Ibanez hit .248/.319/.492 against right handed pitchers in 2012 which, while certainly not awful, isn’t necessarily good for a platoon hitter and defensive liability either. On the whole, I’m happy to write hosannas to Raul for the work he did last season between buoying the outfield and providing the biggest moments in the postseason, but I can’t say that I’m excited about the prospect of another campaign with the quadragenarian. Especially if he’s supposed to be the team’s answer to their RF/DH questions.
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