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Remember when you were a kid, and you’d hunt through the house for a day or so, looking for something to wrap up for your parents as the holidays approached? “Merry Christmas, Dad, I put a bow on this stapler you already owned.”
Doesn’t it kind of feel that’s how the Yankees’ winter is going?
Brian Cashman’s shopping is continuing to center from within, as the Yankees are engaging the representative for Raul Ibanez, the most clutch bat of their postseason run and another one of their internal free agents.
The New York Post reports that GM Brian Cashman has confirmed the discussions with Ibanez, who would be strictly a DH if he returns — interesting, considering his appeal last year was that unlike candidates like Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, the Yankees trusted Ibanez to play the outfield (and, it turned out, had to use him there more than expected).
The Yankees have an all left-handed hitting outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki, so they need some right-handed balance. Scott Hairston’s name has been floated for weeks, but he’s rather popular on the open market and might command a two-year deal, something the Yankees have seemed reluctant to extend.
- Elsewhere, Joba Chamberlain told MLB Network yesterday that he and Kevin Youkilis are ready to bury the hatchet from their interesting past. Chamberlain left Youkilis a voice mail as the third baseman’s contract with the Yankees was nearing completion.“I’m glad he’s on our side of things,” Chamberlain said. “We’re both grown men, we both like to play the game. We’ll continue to move on. I’m glad he’s in our uniform and hopefully he can hit a few balls to right field over the fence for us and not against me like he’s done before.”
- Nick Swisher’s “Swishapalooza” tour is continuing. The Indians always seemed like a good dark horse candidate to land him — the Yankees’ trip to Cleveland last season felt almost like a homecoming for Swisher. I’d imagine the Ohio State product must have been impressed by the Tribe’s recruiting video, which featured Urban Meyer, Thad Matta and others begging Swish to sing “Hang On Sloopy” with the fans 81 times per year.
NEW YORK – Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez suffered a lacerated lip and a broken tooth attempting to evade a foul ball in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Ibanez was in the dugout during the top of the ninth inning when he ducked away from a line drive, hitting his mouth on the Yankees bench. He was immediately led away by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
The Yankees said that Ibanez was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will not make the charter flight with the team to Florida. He is expected to join the club in time for Monday’s 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Raul Ibanez noticed Alex Rodriguez before many of us had even heard his name. Ibanez can recall the exact moment: both were property of the Seattle Mariners, getting their respective starts playing in the Instructional League in Arizona late in 1993.
The sound of the ball coming off A-Rod’s bat, exploding out of the batting cage and rocketing toward the outfield walls, demanded attention from anyone within a certain distance.
“I watched him in the cage hitting, and I was catching a bullpen,” Ibanez recalled on Saturday, as he reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field for his first spring with the Yankees. “And I said, ‘Who is that kid?’ They said it was the first-round pick, and I said, ‘That’s the next Juan Gonzalez.’”
That was high praise then; in 1993 with the Rangers, Gonzalez led the league with 46 homers and a .632 slugging percentage, finishing fourth in the MVP balloting. Years later, though, Ibanez and the rest of the world would see A-Rod eclipse even those lofty projections.
“Of course, I was off. I’ve apologized since,” Ibanez said. “At the time, it seemed like a really big call.”
Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long knows Raul Ibanez well from their days together in the Royals organization, and after the team officially announced Ibanez’s signing on Tuesday, Long said that he is excited about the acquisition.
“He’s a perfect fit for us,” Long said. “His professionalism, the way he goes about it, he’s an RBI machine. He can hit. It’s a nice addition. What he brings to the table, he’s just a terrific human being who brings a professionalism about him that you don’t find out there every day. I’m glad we got him; glad we picked him up. He’s going to be a big help.”
The Yankees see Ibanez as their regular designated hitter against right-handed pitching, with Andruw Jones hitting mostly against lefties. Long said that he believes Ibanez has enough left in the tank to help the Yankees.
“He’s 39, he’s getting older, but there’s plenty of bat speed there,” Long said. “That’s what you look for, first and foremost. I haven’t seen him up close and personal, and we’ll see what he’s got when he gets here, but I fully expect him to be a big part of our offense.”
The deal is pending a physical and can be worth up to $4 million with performance incentives.
It was clear from Brian Cashman’s comments yesterday that a deal was in the works, and that Ibanez was the frontrunner, considering how he can play some defense if needed.
Ibanez hit .245/.289/.415 with 20 home runs and 84 RBIs in 144 games for the Phillies last season. The Yankees see him as the left-handed complement to Andruw Jones, who figures to DH against left-handed pitching.