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Raul Ibanez getting close to Yankees deal?

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Left fielder Raul Ibanez joined the Philadelphia Phillies three seasons ago, just after the team won the 2008 World Series. While he didn't get a championship ring during his time in the City of Brotherly Love, he did get his first invite to the All-Star game in 2009.

It appears that the 39-year-old may get another shot at that championship with another team. The New York Daily News reports that the New York Yankees "appear to be zeroing in on" Ibanez to be "the extra bat" that manager Joe Girardi has been asking for.

Former Yanks Eric Chavez, Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon have also been on the team's list, the paper notes, but the Yanks like Ibanez because he can still play the outfield effectively while "the Yanks are unsure if Matsui or Damon can."

The decision may come down to whether the team wants an extra infielder in Chavez or outfielder in Ibanez, who "is believed to have received higher offers" than the one the Yanks want to give him, but he "would prefer to play for a contender in what could be the final season of his career," the Daily News notes.

Ibanez batted .245 with 20 home runs and 32 doubles last year for the Phils.

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