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Ibanez and Chavez on deck for Yankees

Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:10 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 4:18 pm
 

The Yankees are expected to try to sign both Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez once A.J. Burnett passes his physical and commissioner Bud Selig approves the Burnett deal to the Pirates.

There have been a couple suggestions that the Yankees might not be able to afford both accomplished players for their bench, but the belief is that they are still likely to reel in both, for about $1 million apiece as a base salary. Ibanez is the team's top lefthanded DH choice, and Chavez, who did a nice job in New York last year, fills the bill as a nice complemenet for aging star Alex Rodriguez, who will likely need more time off than in the past.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is said to have had a nice chat with Johnny Damon recently, but the Yankees prefer Ibanez for what they believe is slightly better defense and a little more punch against righthanded pitching. The Mariners are a team that is believed to have had a bit of interest in both Ibanez and Damon, and the Orioles are seen as another possible Damon option.

Burnett is expected to pass his Pirates physical by Monday, and Selig will have to approve the deal because the Yankees will be sending the Pirates $18 million to complete the trade with Pittsburgh.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:26 am
 

Ibanez and Chavez on deck for Yankees

  said


   I think Damon is a better choice. He has Yankee experience and has been a bench player and a successful one.

I agree with you 100% that Damon is the right choice.  Unfortunately our GM is not a big Damon fan.  Mr. Cashman only tries brings back players
who have failed here.

The list is so long so I will only mention a few, Pavano, Weaver, Vasquez, and Tomlin.  Can Burnett be far behind?


Without the Yankee Check book our GM would be lost.  







Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Ibanez and Chavez on deck for Yankees

Ibanez is not a good choice as a bench player or part time DH or left fielder. He is a head case at the plate and needs to be an everyday player to work though his at bats to get into his streaks. The only way a team can get any kind of production out of him is season long with plenty of at bats. If he is used part time he will never be able to work though his long slumps (which as a part time guy could be an all year slump).  I think Damon is a better choice. He has Yankee experience and has been a bench player and a successful one. Chavez would be a good pickup for the $.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Ibanez and Chavez on deck for Yankees

Yankees would be better off signing Roy Oswalt and trading for recently DFA'd Blake Dewitt he is younger and more durable than Chavez, and give Brantley a chance to DH.


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