Just a few quick notes this early afternoon.
• The Yankees have talked to Raul Ibanez about returning as a platoon DH, but according to the New York Post, those conversations have not included any sort of negotiation, and Ibanez would like to sign somewhere within “the next seven to 10 days.”
• Short-term Yankees third baseman Casey McGehee has signed in Japan, where he’ll once again be a teammate of Andruw Jones. McGehee is going to make $1.5 million, and could add more with incentives.
• Speaking of short-term Yankees third basemen: Cody Ransom has signed a minor league deal with Padres.
• Rich Harden might have made sense on a low-risk contract to compete for a spot this spring, but he’s signed a minor league deal with the Twins.
• Another second-tier pitcher is off the market. Francisco Liriano has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pirates.