Raúl Ibáñez: Yay or nay?

According to a Ken Davidoff piece in today’s New York Post, the Yankees have “significant interest” in signing Raúl Ibáñez but they’re asking him to wait while they sort out their starting rotation and Mariano Rivera.

“I know they have certain needs that they need to go after first,” Ibáñez said. “I’m open to anything. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to play in The Bronx again. That would be great.”

And while Ibáñez wasn’t exactly a world beater last season .240/.308/.353, he had better numbers close and late in games.286/.367/.571 (From Davidoff’s article that slash line was in the seventh inning or later with the Yankees tied, ahead by one or with the tying run at least on deck. It seems Davidoff likes Baseball Reference as much as I do.)

So, what do you guys think? Should they Yankees bring Raúl Ibáñez back?

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.

10 thoughts on “Raúl Ibáñez: Yay or nay?

  1. uyf1950

    Raul did a great job for the Yankees. In fact he did more I think then anyone could have expected and probably would have done even better had he not been pressed into so much service because of the injury to Gardner. Having said that I would like to see the Yankees look at a more permanent solution. I think it's doubtful the Yankees can re-sign both Granderson and Cano after the 2013 season and still be under the luxury tax threshold. If that' is the case I would like the Yankees to sign someone who may be with the team in left field for more then 1 year. I think the Yankees will have a real problem signing 2 outfielders next winter. Just my opinion.

  2. williamjtasker

    Sure. As long as he doesn't play as much as last year.

    • srosegots

      I think that's the key. Of course having a healthy Brett Gardner would help.

  3. I'm fine with Ibanez coming back to be what he was SUPPOSED to be last year: sometimes DH, emergency OF.

    C'mon, Brett, come back full strength!

    • Mike

      I think his last few days of heroics coupled with that clutch slash line and wRC+ of 115 against righties earns him exactly what Jason said… and also adding pinch hitting duties against righties to that list. Especially in Yankee Stadium with his ready-made swing, he can single-handedly steal them a win or two again, so he should easily be worth the million or 2 they'll get him for. At 1.1 fWAR last year, you can make the argument that he was a superb value for $1.1 million.

      • uyf1950

        At $1.1MM he would have been a superb value. But as you may or may not know with incentives based on PA's he earned $3.35MM in 2012. Just my opinion but I think the Yankees may be able to do better for $3MM plus which is what I think Ibanez will ask for to re-sign.

  4. Dave

    He did get an MVP vote, so yeah. Bring him back to DH.

  5. uyf1950

    I would like anyone's thoughts. We keep tossing around the idea of Ichiro, Ibanez or some makeshift combination to replace Swisher. What about Ryan Ludwick as a replacement for more then 1 year? Until one or more of the Yankee prospect are available. He's a right handed batter so that will give the Yankees some diversity at the plate, He has a fair amount of power and should be pretty reasonable price wise. Certainly enough to keep the Yankees goal of the $189MM tax threshold. I realize he has played mostly left field but he does have some right field on his resume. ANY THOUGHTS?

    • Bill

      Not a bad idea. A decent right hand bat and a corner outfielders. Even though he's primarily a left fielder, he should be able to handle the rather small confines of RF fairly easily. But I wouldn't mind seeing Ibanez back in the role he was supposed to be in this year. Plus I wouldn't be overly upset to see Ichiro back to play LF with Gardner in CF. I honestly believe that Curtis Granderson has to go, more for his own good than anything else. Reading a recent quote by an American League GM regarding the serious regression of Granderson as a hitter due to the short porch appeared to be absolutely on target. Get something for him now because he's not going to be worth a long term investment after 2013.

      • uyf1950

        Bill as I mentioned several times here and on other blogs. The Yankees can not afford to keep Granderson past this option year if they really intend to get under the luxury tax threshold and alos want to re-sign Cano. So as I mentioned in my opinion Ludwick would be a real option for 2 or 3 years. And as you said in 2014 move Gardner to CF, Ludwick to LF and maybe see if a Yankee prospect is available for RF OR go shopping for a Right Fielder.
        Ichiro should the Yankees re-sign him is just a 1 year player anyway. I doubt he would be on the roster past the 2013 season in any case. But my preference and you hit upon it would be even for this coming season: Ludwick in LF, Gardner in CF and Ichiro in RF with Ibanez as the 4th OF'er and primary left handed DH. The Yankees could trade Granderson and get something pretty decent for him this season that way.
        I think unfortunately it's wishful thinking. I doubt the Yankees would do something like that.

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