Yankees In Serious Discussions With Raul Ibanez

The Yankees are in serious discussions with free agent Raul Ibanez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. The ACES client is willing to take less money to play for the Yankees.

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported earlier tonight that the Yankees could add a left-handed hitter such as Ibanez, Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui within a week. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said last week that he would like to see GM Brian Cashman add a bat before Opening Day.

Ibanez posted a .245/.289/.419 line with 20 home runs in 575 plate appearances as the Phillies' everyday left fielder last year. The 39-year-old could provide the Yankees with an option at designated hitter or in the corner outfield positions. He owns a .286/.351/.488 line against right-handed pitching in 16 MLB seasons and appears to be a possible platoon partner for Andruw Jones.


65 Responses to Yankees In Serious Discussions With Raul Ibanez Leave a Reply

  1. Dylan 3 years ago

    Rrrraaaaaaaaauuulllllll!

  2. James S 3 years ago

    It’s good that the discussions are serious. I hate when they have discussions and they are just goofing around.

  3. Shawn from New Hampshire 3 years ago

    its too bad that he doesnt play right field cuz anything would be better for the Sox than Cody Ross

    • bayareabeast 3 years ago

      already tired of him? its going to be a loong year for you man..

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      one of the few things not better than cody ross is raul ibanez

    • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

      id take ross over ibanez any day..

  4. Yanks48 3 years ago

    ……What can Ibanez do what Damon can’t do!? Besides maybe have a better arm

    • besides definitely have a better arm

    • Too Many Idiots 3 years ago

      Hit for more power.

      • So far we’ve figured out that Raul Ibanez is absolutely no better than Damon except that he hits for more power and has a better arm. No difference there whatsoever, huh.

        • aricollins 3 years ago

          I’d take the ability to get on base and not get out all the time and have any range whatsoever over a few more homers and the ability to throw the ball hard.

        • HowdyDoo11 3 years ago

          I agree…  i also think that ibanez is more of a free-swinger than damon.  damon waits on his pitch, makes the pitcher work harder, fouls off pitches… at the plate, i think damon is more of a presence than ibanez’ bat.  

          but damon can’t throw.  

          • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

            2011 vs righties (which is what matters since they are looking for a platoon situation).

            Damon: 7.7 BB%, .314 OBP, .401 Slug and .255 Bat 
            Ibanez: 6.9 BB%, .307 OBP, .440 Slug and .256 Bat

            not a major difference.

            Boils down to Ibanez hr ability vs Damon’s speed.

            As it, the Yanks have 2 lefties and a switch hitter in the OF. Damon nor Ibanez shouldn’t sniff the OF…ever. In case of a DL stint then I’m sure they’ll call up someone from AAA.

        • JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

           And DH’s sure do need those arms.

          Damon has more upside. He’s really good at working the count, getting on base, and in clutch spots. He also allows more flexibility on the bases, with which they can call steals, hit&runs, etc.

    • Victor Kipp 3 years ago

      Try throw.

    • aricollins 3 years ago

      Make lots more outs?

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      Willing to sign for less money to Play for us……

  5. nm344 3 years ago

    Would be a good signing for the Yanks.  He’s a pro hitter who still good pop left.  It would also give my Phils an extra comp draft pick, so everybody wins :)

  6. not_brooks 3 years ago

    Losing Posada and adding Pineda was a big hit to their average age. And the Yanks have to have someone talking about how they’re all getting too old to keep winning. So adding 40-year-old Ibanez definitely makes perfect sense.

    • nm344 3 years ago

      Because average age is really important for a bench piece.

      • not_brooks 3 years ago

        It’s good for clubhouse chemistry.

        • Too Many Idiots 3 years ago

          Because young guys ALWAYS get along better than older guys.

          • not_brooks 3 years ago

            I think this went too far without anyone realizing that I was joking…

          • bayareabeast 3 years ago

            i mean..look at the guys name that replied to you…

          • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

            champion^

  7. jwsox 3 years ago

    THey can have Adam Dunn for the low low cost of AJ Burnett…actually could help both teams…Dunns odd of bouncing back are better than him having another historically horrible season. Plus the Launching pad that is yankee Stadium for left handed hitters could really benifit him. Also that line up offers much more protection for him than the whitesox did last year allowing teams to not pitch around him. Plus he could spell swish in right (i know he is horrible but its a short right field and would only be like once a week) And it gives the whtiesox rotation insurance. And a low pressure situation could benefit AJ. Also Cooper might be able to fix him. I literally think its a good idea for both teams…maybe even have either side to make the money match up perfectly.

  8. Dylan 3 years ago

    A Raul spotting at the Sixers game.

  9. $3513744 3 years ago

    Pffft… no way he hits better than Prince.

    • Fielder? Um, he probably doesn’t taste better than a really good creme brulee, either; would you have Cashman park a white ceramic dessert tray in the DH slot? Fielder was never a fit for the Yankees because they need to be able to rotate their aging infield through the DH spot and they don’t need to add that much payroll.

  10. vertigoman 3 years ago

    Rauuuuuul!! was kind of an after thought in the M’s system coming up. Jose Cruz Jr. Got the attention as the hot new prospect. Now he’s vying for 300 HRs and 2K hits.
    Definitely a guy that out played his ability and willed himself to be better.
    While I hate the Yankees it’s kind of cool that he’ll return to his hometown to finish off a long and surprisingly productive career.

  11. iheartyourfart 3 years ago

    as cool as bringing back damon or matsui would be, ibanez makes much more baseball sense as an addition because of his platoon splits.

    • cano24 3 years ago

      Ibanez road 2011: .210/.261/.317

      Damon road 2011: .280/.345/.463

      • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

        … it’s Yankees stadium. Raul will be fine there.

        • cano24 3 years ago

          YS would help Damon as much as Ibanez.  The point is that their numbers are skewed because of their home parks last year, and Damon is a better hitter.

          • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

            Maybe but Ibanez is also going to be cheaper and offers more power potential. Regardless of his home/road splits… they’re not a factor because Ibanez is going into left handed hitter’s heaven.

      • iheartyourfart 3 years ago

        bro i was talking about LHP/RHP platoon splits.  andruw jones still rakes against lefties (.923 OPS).  Ibanez/Jones as a non-strict DH platoon could be cheap and effective.

  12. yankeefan1 3 years ago

    Can’t see him too much in the field. Gardner IS one of, if not the BEST defensive LF in baseball. Swisher is good enough in RF. DH it would be.

  13. could hit 30 bombs playing half his games with that little league porch out there in right

  14. PhillyT 3 years ago

    matsui’s the better choice

  15. Alex Nelson 3 years ago

    Mariners should not have let him leave.

  16. skoods 3 years ago

    The GIDP king. Enjoy him.

  17. Matt Banks 3 years ago

    damon will be a yankee cuz the yanks want him. he wants 5 mil or so which he isnt getting so yankees are just putting pressure on him saying there interested in raul. yanks know what there getting in damon. his swing is made for that stadium.

  18. tacko 3 years ago

    Intriguing tale, old chap.

  19. jwsox 3 years ago

    cliff lee(he actually turned down more money over all to not play for them)

  20. patburn 3 years ago

    well is Raul really taking less money or taking the only offer available to him?

  21.  Replace that with young chap.

  22. aricollins 3 years ago

    Umm. Ibanez is an atrocious outfielder. Damon is adequate.

  23. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    ….haha?

  24. pennypincher 3 years ago

    On the flip side he went for MORE money annually

  25. aricollins 3 years ago

    According to whom? Scouts and defensive statistics and fans all agree that Ibanez is a truly awful outfielder, while Damon is at worst a bit below average. Damon has WAAY more range than Ibanez, who gets terrible jumps and has no speed.

    But at least the few times he gets to the ball he can throw it really hard!

  26. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    I’m a fan of the Yankees, and one way or another I invest my money on the team… So Yes. I consider myself part of the team.

  27. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    What’s wrong with him saying us? I can’t stand when people get on fans for that.

  28. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

    Ha.

  29. tdot32 3 years ago

    .245/.289/.419 = rakes?

  30. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Ibanez wouldn’t factor into the equation since Jones would more than likely be the DH on his day off, unless the Yanks decide to play Jones in LF/RF to give someone a day off too.

  31. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    Damon is so “slightly below average” that he’s only played the field for all of 46 games over the last 2 years. 

    Look, I like Damon too but people are still living off the romantic fuzzy feelings of the 2009 WS. He’s not that good and with Boras as his agent, his ego (see 2009 winter) and the Yanks budget constraints who knows if he was willing to sign for what Ibanez might be willing to accept?

  32. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

    he had a down year yes, but also he was playing the field a bit was he not? so maybe the less amount of strain on the old mans body will help him focus on the bat he had…just a thought 

  33. baybombers 3 years ago

    he rakes on chewing tobacco, give him that. That cheek is always stretched out

  34. And if it weren’t for US (fans), how many rings would THEY (the team) have? Other than 50 cent machine rings for WS Champs, they’d have nothing. They probably, no definitely, would not exist without US. So whether or not you define US as part of the team or not, WE are just as important as THEY are. So WE are part of THEM, therefore it is perfectly justifiable to say US as a fan. So Shu.

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