The A.J. Burnett trade rumors to have finally come to an end.
The Pirates inherit $13 million of the remaining $33 million left on Burnett's deal.
Burnett will take a physical with the Pirates and because a large amount of money is involved with the trade, Major League Baseball will have to approve the deal.
Once the deal is approved, the Yankees can focus their attentions on the designated hitter spot, in which they have eyed up their candidate.
They prefer Ibanez over former Yankee outfielder Johnny Damon because the Yankees feel Ibanez is better on defense and has better numbers against right-handed pitching.
Ken Davidoff of Newsday reported that the Yankees are negotiating extensively with Ibanez's representatives and a deal is expected once the Burnett deal to Pittsburgh is finalized.
Along with Ibanez, the Yankees are also expected to re-sign Eric Chavez as bench help as well.
Ibanez in 2011 hit .245 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI with the Phillies. Ibanez will likely spend most of his time playing against righties, while Andruw Jones will be the starter when facing lefties.
Ibanez is also still in great physical condition, so if the Yankees needed him to, he could also play left field.
While I was all for bringing Damon back to New York, Ibanez at this point is the better choice, mostly because he can still play the field at a regular pace if needed, while Damon can not.
Plus, coming to Yankee Stadium, Ibanez could see a surge in power numbers, trying to hit the ball to the short porch in right field.
Since Spring Training is about to kick off for the Yankees, I expect Yankees GM Brian Cashman to wrap up the Ibanez deal as soon as possible and get him into camp and ready for the season.