Sep 23, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez (28) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: New York Yankees interested in bringing back Raul Ibanez


Designated hitter/comedic outfielder Raul Ibanez just finished his third stint with the Seattle Mariners this season and he might be on his way to taking part in his second stint with the New York Yankees.

According to the New York Post, the Bronx Bombers, who are in need of some lineup thunder are interested in bringing back Ibanez, who played for the team in 2012.

The Post has also learned the Yankees have an interest in bringing back the popular and productive Raul Ibanez to be the DH against right-handed pitching.

Some voices within the organization believe it was a mistake to let Ibanez leave following the 2012 season, when Ibanez grew impatient waiting and signed for a third stint with the Mariners.

The aging designated hitter is essentially locked into that position as his outfield skills are all but diminished and his struggles against left handed pitching is well known, but he’s a cheap source of power. Ibanez clubbed 29 home runs last season, playing half of his games in what is considered to be a pitchers park at Safeco Field.

With the short porch in Yankee Stadium, Ibanez can thrive, as he’s already shown and it would come at an extremely reasonable price tag for the Yankees.

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