Raul Ibanez will presumably be forced into retirement at age 42 whether he wants to quit playing or not after hitting .167 this season, but it may not take him long to find a new gig.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that “the Yankees plan on talking to Ibanez about a coaching position on Joe Girardi’s staff.”
New York has not hired a replacement for fired hitting coach Kevin Long yet and they also have an opening at first base coach after letting Mick Kelleher go.
Ibanez played for the Yankees in 2012, hitting .240 with 19 homers and a .761 OPS in 130 games along with some memorable postseason moments.
NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.