Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yankees Bid Adieu to Swisher and Ibanez

An Indian and a Mariner in 2013. That's a Blue Jay in catchers gear.
It may not be done in time for Christmas, but the Yankeeography on Raul Ibanez will be a short one as his time in the Bronx comes to an end after one year. The veteran outfielder provided Yankee fans with a few memories, but none greater than his game tying homerun in game three of the American League Division series, after pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez. He would then go on to win the game with another homerun in the 12th inning.

Ibanez has agreed to a one year deal worth $2.5M to return to the Seattle Mariners. He returns to the team where he started his career in 1996.

Meanwhile, the Yankees continue their search for a right-handed outfielder on the trading block and free agent market. General manager Brian Cashman made it clear that is currently the team's priority and it may take a while.

Nick Swisher's bat is now off the board as he inks a four year deal with the Cleveland Indians. The Daily News' Mark Feinsand was the first to report the deal and also noted there is a fifth year option, which would allow Swisher to make $70M.

The Yankees were not considering resigning Swisher as they continue to focus on cutting their payroll for the future.

After Christmas, there will be articles posted on what we see as possibilities for the Yankees outfield...that is unless the front office does not have any Christmas surprises for us.

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