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Raul Ibanez joining Yankees soon?

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Now that A.J. Burnett has been shipped off to western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to pay $13 million of the $33 million owed to him over the next two seasons, the New York Yankees are "closing in on adding Raul Ibanez as the left-handed hitting option for their designated hitter role," according to MLB.com.

"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.

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