"A legend, Mr. Ibanez."
And apparently that's exactly what Raul Ibanez did this past season. A year after the Yankees had to fight off nobody to sign him before Spring Training, Ibanez now finds himself being courted by the Texas Rangers in addition to the Yankees for his services as a lefty power platoon bat with the biggest grapefruits this side of Vince McMahon.
Props to Brien Jackson and the crew at IIATMS for being the only site in the blogosphere that I saw that covered this today, and yeah, I totally copycatted my idea to write about this from them. Deal with it. But as far as Ibanez and the Yanks go, there hasn't been a whole lot of talk since the initial "interest" phase earlier in the offseason. The Yankees could use another right-handed bat more than a left one, but it would be fun to have Ibanez back on the bench in 2013. If it turns out that last October was the final time we got to see Ra's al Ul in a Yankee uniform, we'll always have the memories...