Yankees interested in Raul Ibanez … as a coach

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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.