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Yankees add Raul Ibanez

Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:00 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 12:45 pm
 
Raul IbanezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

As expected, the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman confirms. The deal is pending a physical.

Heyman wrote last week that the Yankees will likely add infielder Eric Chavez soon, as well. Chavez, 34, played well last season for the Yankees as a backup to Alex Rodriguez at third base. Monday, Heyman reported the Yankees are still talking to Chavez, who would get a big-league deal if he joined the Yankees.

Ibanez, 39, will likely serve as a designated hitter for the Yankees, but can still play left field when needed. Last season was Ibanez's worst since establishing himself as an everyday player in 2001. He hit .245/.289/.419 with 20 home runs for the Phillies in 2011. He was significantly better against right-handers last season, hitting 16 of his 20 homers against righties and putting up a .747 OPS against right-handers versus a .585 OPS against left-handers.

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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Yankees add Raul Ibanez

I hear ya, Bklyn.  I was just curious as to your answer.  From an outsider's perspective, I don't think Yankees fans should EVER worry about what a player is earning.  That organization has never let money get in the way of competing for a championship and I don't think anything will change too drastically.  While I agree that they won't spend as much money as when George was alive, I don't think you have anything to worry about as far as any player's salary preventing the Yankees from trying to improve their team.


As a Phillies fan, it's fun to watch my team finally spend the money to acquire good players and pay the ones they develop to ensure they remain in Philadelphia like the Yankees have always done.  I don't want you to get the idea that I'm ripping the Yankees for spending money, because I'm not.  It would make me a hypocrite to complain about salary, especially when the Phillies are the only NL team spending at this rate.     
 



Unless Raul Ibanez has comletely lost it in the off season, I think that the Yankee fans will be pleasantly surprised by his production. I wish the NL had a DH so that we could have kept him in Philly a little while longer. His batting, HR and RBI averages over the last 3 seaasons with the Phillies was .264, 23 HRS, and 86 RBIS.  Not bad for a 39 year old player.  Oh and by the way, he averaged 52 walks over that time as well.


Stam, with all due respect, did you actually watch Ibanez play or are you just looking at statistics?  Because I think he was a COLOSSAL bust in Philadelphia, even more inconsistent than Pat Burrell....which I never thought was possible.  Before coming to Philly, Ibanez hit around .290 and usually struck out less than 100 times in a season.  He averaged 112 RBI's in the 3 previous seasons in Seatlle, as well as belting 20-30 HR's.  During his 3 seasons in Philly, he hit .272, .275, and .245.  His RBI production dropped from an average of 112 to an average of 88 RBI's.  He had the one great season with 34 HR's (it was actually a GREAT 1st half......he slumped during the 2nd half of 2009) and the other two were underwhelming with him hitting 16 and 20 HR's, respectively.


Going beyond the stats, I generally like to look at players and evaluate them based on what I see.  With Ibanez, I see a guy whose bat has slowed A LOT since he first came here in 2009.  The evidence was the fact that he had so much trouble getting around on fastballs during the entire 2011 season.  He was also WILDLY inconsistent.  As I stated in my previous post, Ibanez would get hot for a 3 week stretch where he'd tear the cover off the ball, then he'd hit .196 with no power during the next 6-8 weeks.  Ibanez was inconsistent during his entire time here (with the exception of the 1st half of 2009)  and it became progressively worse the longer he was here.   The original reason the Phillies acquired Ibanez was because they grew tired of Burrell's inconsistent hitting and they wanted to replace him with someone more reliable.  In the end, Ibanez turned out to be as bad as Burrell and probably had a more negative impact on the lineup, considering how the rest of the offense's decline began when Ibanez came here.  

Finally, averaging 52 walks in a season is a JOKE.  52 walks in a season is NOTHING........100 walks in a season is considered good.  But I thank you for contributing that nugget to make my argument stronger.    &n
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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Yankees add Raul Ibanez

You do know roids cause the cartilage breakdown and muscle tears and such that he has been experiencing, dont you? ----------------- Another meathead with no clue on steroids. So tell us genius which steroids did Alex take? Then tell us the side effects for that steroid and the period of time in which someone has to use that steroid to see the side effects your speaking about. Let me help, he took testosterone cypionate and primabolane. Neither of which affects your cartilage and muscles fibers do not tear unless your power lifting which Arod was not. Get a clue!


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:11 pm
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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Yankees add Raul Ibanez

They will definately be behind the Red Sox this year, and possible the Orioles, Jays, and Rays. And with Jr. Steinbrenner running the helm, you have some stormy seas ahead my friend.
Let's see, the Red Sox have no shortstop, no right fielder, no bullpen, and maybe 1 or 2 reliable starting pitchers.  I'd be shocked if Boston finished in 3rd this year. If you honestly think the Yankees are going to finish in last place this year you couldn't be anymore delusional. 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Yankees add Raul Ibanez

Unless Raul Ibanez has comletely lost it in the off season, I think that the Yankee fans will be pleasantly surprised by his production. I wish the NL had a DH so that we could have kept him in Philly a little while longer. His batting, HR and RBI averages over the last 3 seaasons with the Phillies was .264, 23 HRS, and 86 RBIS.  Not bad for a 39 year old player.  Oh and by the way, he averaged 52 walks over that time as well.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Yankees add Raul Ibanez

Bklyn, I have a question for you.  Why, as a Yankees fan, are you concerned with them acquiring a player that was a "cheaper source?"  Since when has money EVER been a factor in the way the Yankees do business?  I'm just curious because I've been hearing Yankees fans talk about money over the past two seasons and I have no idea why.  Money has NEVER prevented NY from acquiring players that will help them build a championship team.  

So you're saying the Yankees should never be economical? That makes no sense.

Damon is looking to play everyday.....the Yankees are not looking for that type of player. They need a left handed bat that can be productive in a platooning role. Looking at numbers, Ibanez hits RHP just as good as Damon at a fraction of the price and Ibanez is not expecting to play everyday.

To answer your first question, I am concerned with getting the right player at the right price. If my concern was paying top price for a player who will not be used in the correct role for the amount of money he is being paid then I would be looking for the Yankees to waste money on a player like Damon or better yet Matsui with his bad knees.




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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:00 pm
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