AP source: Raul Ibanez agrees to deal with Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez follows through on an RBI-single in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, July 24, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
February 20, 2012 8:05:31 AM PST
A person familiar with the negotiations says Raul Ibanez and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not been announced.

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Ibanez is a 39-year-old outfielder who played with Philadelphia the last three seasons. He is expected to be the Yankees' primary designated hitter against right-handed starting pitchers. New York decided on him over Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who also are free agents.

The agreement came one day after the Yankees traded A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, a deal in which the Pirates pay $5 million of the pitcher's salary this year.

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AP freelance writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to this report.


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