I agree, but mostly because I believe that there needs to be no urgency in forming a complete team by April. Right now the Yankees are a division contender. Adding a guy from the scrapheap of Ibanez, Matsui, Damon, or Guerrero won't put the Yankees over the top. There's just no way to know what exactly this team needs until they start to play the games. I'd much rather examine this team for 8-10 weeks before making another major transaction.
I expect that the bullpen will be deep and solid again. I expect that Sabathia, Kuroda, and Nova will provide quality starts all season long. I'm fine with the pitching staff.
I expect that Cano and ARod will perform well at the plate. I expect that Granderson and Gardner will continue to add to their game and improve at the plate. Swisher will do what he does - get on base and hit HRs. I don't know what to expect anymore from Teixeira and I will be paying most attention to him this year (he was the Yankees biggest disappointment of 2011 and he needs to have a big year in 2012 or this fan base is going to turn ugly on him in a hurry). I'm concerned about Jeter although I won't be surprised if he has a bounce-back season. I love Martin behind the plate, so if Martin contributes with the bat at all its a bonus. It comes down to this -- lets look to see what this team gets out of the lineup, especially Teixeira, Jeter, and the DH, and re-evalute needs in the last week of June.
<I said he murdered RHP in three of the last four years, posting wOba marks of .375, .380, and .422 before some bad BABIP luck caught up to him this season. Both he and Ibanez were terrible last season after being good against righties prior to that, and he's three and a half years younger (and significantly more likely to rebound).
"Whoever we sign is getting a one year, 1 to 2 million dollar deal and that's it. Ibanez would most likely hit in the 8th spot. "It's not so much the cost to sign him, it's the fact that we have to give him 400 replacement level plate appearances. That sucks. Did you take a look at Ibanez's road splits over the last two seasons away from the launching pad in Philly?! He's got a .278 wOba. You know who else has a .278 wOba?! Perpetually useless Yuni Betancourt.The Ibanez from last year would be useless, even as a platoon DH. That's assuming he hasn't aged another year.