The numbers are so bright it hurts my eyes. Raul Ibanez is 40-years-old and will be 41 in June 2013. Ibanez is not an everyday player and even with his great two games in the American League Division Series, there is no actual reason for the New York Yankees to try and re-sign him. With the Arizona Diamondbacks having a surplus of outfielders, the Yankees should look at taking Jason Kubel off of Arizona’s hands.
Kubel played in 141 games for the Diamondbacks in 2012 and batted .253/.327/.506 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI, better production than what Ibanez gave the Yankees. Kubel is also a left-handed batter and being that could increase his power numbers knowing that Yankee Stadium is very nice to lefty batters with the short porch in right field. Kubel is also a decade younger than Ibanez.
With all that being said, it is time for the Yankees executives to wake up and make a transaction that is going to help the team play now and not trying to play for Old Timer’s Day in 15 years.
The Yankees are a great fit for Kubel and a great fit for a few other teams in the majors, so New York better start moving fast.
There have also been other players mentioned as linked to the Yankees as the team looks for a right-handed batter. Vernon Wells, Scott Hairston and Jeff Baker have been named as having Yankees ties.
If New York is going to do something, the organization better move fast because there are a lot of teams moving faster than them.
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