NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Andruw Jones #18 of the New York Yankees scores a fifth inning run against the Texas Rangers on June 15, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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- The Yankees made the Raul Ibanez signing official today. I'm kinda "meh" on his addition. He should still hit decently against RHP and can - unlike Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui - play the field (not well, mind you, but he can still play). Damon is currently a better hitter, but considering he wanted around $5M, signing him (a platoon DH) didn't make sense. And while Matsui might've been willing to take the $1.1M Ibanez got (and is a comparable hitter), he's barely an outfielder anymore either. Ibanez has played at least 129 games in the outfield each of the last six seasons; he brings more versatility.
Andruw Jones thinks his surgically repaired knee will allow him to contribute more in 2012. Frankly, I'd be ecstatic if he merely duplicated 2011.
Bobby Abreu told the Angels that he wants to be traded before the season if they don't plan to play him everyday.
- Ichiro won't be Seattle's leadoff hitter anymore. Manager Eric Wedge told reporters that he'll be moved to the third spot in the lineup.
- Ken Rosenthal profiled the most desirable player of the next free agent class, Cole Hamels.
- MLB instituted a rule change after Tampa's Joe Maddon used a position player to pretend to warm up on the mound just to give his actual pitcher more time.