"The preference would be to find someone from the left side that can do some damage against right-handed pitching, but ... in the event we have injuries that hit in-season, that my manager could put out for defense," Yankees GM Briand Cashman said on Sunday, the site reports.
The Yankees will also likely re-sign 34-year-old Eric Chavez to serve as a backup corner infielder.
Chavez batted .263 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 58 games for New York last year. The 39-year-old Ibanez was the starting left fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies last year, batting .245 with 20 homers and 84 RBIs in 144 total games.
- Raul Ibanez