12/19/12 11:46 AM ET
Cashman, Ibanez talk about possible return to Yanks
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
Ibanez, 40, hit just .240 last year, but he added 19 home runs to mark his 11th consecutive season with 15 or more home runs. The left-handed-hitting veteran also added three more homers in the postseason, including his notable two-homer performance in Game 3 of the American League Division Series when he tied the game with a pinch-hit solo shot in the ninth then won it with a walk-off blast in the 12th.
The Yankees are continuing to evaluate other options as well, given Ibanez's struggles against left-handed pitching. Used mostly in a platoon role last year, the 16-year veteran hit just .197 and didn't homer in 61 at-bats against southpaws.
Ibanez would be used primarily as the club's designated hitter, with the trio of Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki expected to start in the outfield.