Yanks Plan To Add Two Bats; Targeting Chavez, Ibanez

4:46pm: Heyman says the Yankees won't "finalize" things with Ibanez and Chavez until after Burnett has passed his physical and the league has approved the trade (Twitter link).

8:00am: The Yankees are "intent" on acquiring two hitters and "remain focused" on Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.  The team's attention will turn to adding hitting depth once the rumored A.J. Burnett trade with the Pirates is finalized.

New York has long been known to be targeting one left-handed hitter as a part-time DH and bench bat, but moving Burnett would free up the payroll space for the Yankees to add even more depth.  Ibanez would be limited to DH, pinch-hitting and only very occasional outfield appearances, but in Chavez, the Yankees would also have an infield option capable of spelling Alex Rodriguez at third base.  The Bombers were already in serious talks with Ibanez as of last week.

54 Responses to Yanks Plan To Add Two Bats; Targeting Chavez, Ibanez Leave a Reply

  1. 2001morecowbell2001 3 years ago

    For the love of pete just trade Burnott already

  2. Am I the only one who wants Damon more than Ibanez?

    • tapehead4 3 years ago

      I think it’s a toss-up, really…but I think it comes down to money. Wasn’t Ibanez willing to take less $$ to come to NY?

      • Chris Barrows 3 years ago

        I haven’t looked at Ibanez’s splits – so I can’t judge it until I do – but I do think Ibanez was interested in less money to come. Damon is likely to be stubborn on that – unless he REALLY wants to come back to NY. 

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Against Righties in 2011

          Damon – .255/.314/.401 (He actually did much better against lefties)

          Ibanez – .256/.307/.440

          • slider32 3 years ago

            I think the difference between Damon and Ibanez is minimal. The Yanks scouts seem to like Ibanez so I’m going with them.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      No you aren’t.

    • Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

      No, I love Damon too!

    • Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

      No, I love Damon too!

    • flashrocket 3 years ago

      i’m not the biggest damon fan, but i would soo much rather have him than ibanez. nothing against ibanez, but i feel damon would add more to our lineup

  3. RSH
    I prefer Damon

    • llasasso93 3 years ago

      Vlad would be a better choice.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        too bad vlad isn’t a lefty. why are we so far into this discussion and it still seems as if people are missing that point? they are looking for a lefty dh because they already have Andru Jones as the RH DH. The only time they are going to have use for a RH DH is if Andru is spelling Gardner, Swisher (a switch hitter) or Granderson. Neither of the three are what I would call “platoon players) so I doubt Jones would replace them very often to necessarily need another RH bat at DH.

  4. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Wow…    a .220 hitter and a .240 hitter…..

  5. cano24 3 years ago

    Ibanez 2011 OPS+ 90

    Damon 2011 OPS+ 110

    Ibanez sucks, they should get Damon.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      Well Damon hit better against lefties than he did against eighties.

      • Yankees420 3 years ago

        How many AB did he have against eighties though? I smell small sample size….

      • Ray R 3 years ago

        I suspect my wife would have a pretty good OPS against eighties, too.

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Lol. Shame on anyone who wouldn’t have an OBP of 1.000

  6. slider32 3 years ago

    Chavez and Ibanez are two experienced professionals, this is a perfect move for the Yanks. Ibanez will hit .270 with 20 HRs and unlike Damon he can play a little OF. This gives the Yanks more versitility.

  7. nm344 3 years ago

    If you take out Ibanez’s horrible start last season, he was actually pretty good.

  8. matt laphen 3 years ago

    Ibanez had a -1.3 WAR with PHI last season, which I believe was the worst in the majors. He sucks.

    • Corey Italiano 3 years ago

      A lot of that is in the field. He won’t be playing the outfield in YS unless it’s garbage time.

      • slider32 3 years ago

        Ibanez’s WAR last year is not really valid since he will be mainly a DH.

  9. Only two bats?  What if some break?

  10. people keep mentioning Ibanez but Chavez would get the bulk of the AB’s vs righties and he should. He did a terrific job last season and he can pick it at third better than our starting 3b ….oh whats his name…. oh yea A-Rod

  11. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Russell The Muscle will beat out whoever they sign for the lefty DH role

    • slider32 3 years ago

      Branyon is a sleeper for the Yanks. He can hit some bombs.

  12. James S 3 years ago

    Damon would be the best one of all the available hitters.  He’d hit more homers in Yankee stadium. Ibanez has no power left.

    • Guest 3 years ago

      Ibanez hit 20 hr for the phillies last year?

      • James S 3 years ago

        no power left now, not last year.

        • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

          what? he hit more hrs than Damon last year and then you argue that damon will hit more hrs because he’s a lefty but ibanez, who is also a lefty, won’t? sarcasm? i hope.

  13. optionn 3 years ago

    Johnny Damon must be a team cancer if the Yankee’s don’t want him back at a bargain committment.

  14. James S 3 years ago

    Ibanez is the slowest runner in baseball.

    • bayareabeast 3 years ago

      no way bengie molina hands down

      • Infield Fly 3 years ago

        That same thought occurred to me too! The problem is Bengie isn’t actually in baseball right now. :/

  15. Yankees420 3 years ago

    I’m also of the opinion that Damon would be a better fit than Ibanez, but maybe the Yankees are hoping that Raul is on one of his hitting tears when the playoffs roll around, and if not, then that’s why they are also targeting Chavez.

  16. InvalidUserID 3 years ago

    Ibanez instead of Damon baffles me. And I think the Ibanez signing will be similar to Randy Winn.

  17. thevauntedchris 3 years ago

    russell branyan is going to have both of them sitting on the bench 85% of the time, or cut. I’ve wanted this dude DH’ing for a few years now. Hopefully he can still rake against righties. His previous 3 year OPS on that split is more than acceptable.

  18. SixAces 3 years ago

    Am I missing something here? Ibanez? Power bat at this point of his career??? If I was a GM, I would stay far away from him.

  19. Ray R 3 years ago

    Is Damon hiding an injury? If he isn’t, then Cashman’s only reason for not signing him would be sour grapes after the way Damon handled himself during the 2009-10 offseason.

  20. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    First, the DH should be veterans (albeit we’re going to have Montero DH). Second, Damon is a fully worthy DH, chiefly given his past time with us.

  21. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    I DIDN’T know you’re being sarcastic either! But, if you were, I like your post.

  22. MB923 3 years ago

    Is this sarcasm too? Because you’re not very good at it

  23. $22264602 3 years ago

    Sarcasm works better when your suggestion is a lot less plausible.

  24. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    in what way was your first post sarcastic?

  25. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    No, goof! Trust me, when I’m sarchastic, even in print, you’ll know.

  26. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    I get that. But, Damon could DH AB’s. Then, when you want to DH ARod or Jeter and play Nunez, Damon can PH and PR.

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