Ibanez Signs With Yankees

AP source: Ibanez agrees to $1.1M deal with Yanks

AP Sports Writer
      NEW YORK (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says
Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.1 million,
one-year contract.

      The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the
deal had not been announced.

      Ibanez is a 39-year-old outfielder who played with Philadelphia
the last three seasons. He is expected to be the Yankees' primary
designated hitter against right-handed starting pitchers. New York
decided on him over Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who also are
free agents.

      The agreement came one day after the Yankees traded A.J. Burnett
to Pittsburgh, a deal in which the Pirates pay $5 million of the
pitcher's salary this year.


      (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)