Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ibanez Signs with Mariners

Looks like another 2012 Yankee will be settling out west, as Raul Ibanez and the Mariners have agreed to a one year, $2.75 million contract with performance incentives. Ibanez was a fan favorite because of his October heroics and his personality. It hurts to lose a guy as good as Ibanez, but the Yankees decided that they didn't need another lefty outfielder. Raul Ibanez was the only Yankee who hit in the clutch, saving the Yankees from ALDS elimination twice and sending game 1 of the ALCS into extras when his home run off Valverde tied the game. The other guy who came up clutch, well he is teammates with AJ Burnett over in Pittsburgh now.

Are the Yankees putting all of their eggs in one basket? With Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, AJ Pierzynski, Russell Martin, and Josh Hamilton off the board, where do the Yankees go from here? They need to sign some bench players, as their current bench consists of characters such as Chris Dickerson and Chris Stewart. They have no definite Opening Day catcher and their shortstop is recovering from major knee surgery. Will the Yankees make a big January trade? It seems like Cashman knows what he's doing, and I have to say that I trust him to make a credible move that will improve the New York Yankees.

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