Yankees sign Raul Ibanez

Yankees get a DH in Raul Ibanez

2/20/12 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The New York Yankees quickly flipped the money they saved by trading A.J. Burnett late last week by signing outfielder/designated hitter Raul Ibanez to a one-year contract. The contract will pay Ibanez a base salary of $1.1 million, which can go up to $4 million with incentives.

Ibanez is expected to be the Yankees' main designated hitter this season, a spot that was opened up by the retirement of Jorge Posada and the trade of Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners. 

Ibanez is likely to platoon with Andruw Jones, with Ibanez playing against right-handed pitchers, and Jones against lefties. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez both will likely DH at least once a week as well.

Yankee Stadium appears to be a good fit for Ibanez's left-handed swing. With the short porch in right field at the Stadium, the Yankees hope Ibanez can steal a few home runs there. 

Last season the 39-year-old Ibanez hit .245 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI with the Philadelphia Phillies. 
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2/24/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

SusanVette wrote:
We kicked their arse last season. We shall see. ;-)

Verlander can't do it all

2/24/12   |   SusanVette   |   8703 respect

derms33 wrote:
tigers lost victor and gained Fielder...NY is still better than them

We kicked their arse last season. We shall see. ;-)

2/24/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

SusanVette wrote:
Still not good enough to beat the Tigers! Ready for another season! GO TIGERS! Kick Yankees butt!

tigers lost victor and gained Fielder...NY is still better than them

2/24/12   |   SusanVette   |   8703 respect

Still not good enough to beat the Tigers! Ready for another season! GO TIGERS! Kick Yankees butt!

2/22/12   |   mamsg1972

RELLY  I ENJOY THIS  EVRY TAHINGES GOOD

2/21/12   |   TatsuKlinga2812812   |   157 respect

He is older 39 that worries me.

2/21/12   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

Thats it the final piece now the championship is ours. ;-)

2/20/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

another lefty to hit in that small dimensioned field..YES (no pun intended)