Here is the presumed 2012 batting order:
ESPN’s Buster Onley tweeted that he anticipates almost same batting order, but has Swisher in front of the DH.
And the other difference is that Onley listed free agent and ex-Phillies slugger Raul Ibanez as the DH. Onley tweeted that the Yankees are leaning towards Ibanez over Hideki Matsui or Johnny Damon because they feel he can play in the outfield for 20-30 games and the ex-Bombers don’t give them that option.
Even though Ibanez will turn 40-years old this coming June, he played 134 games in left field for the Phillies last season; so obviously that is why the Yankees fancy him over the two ex’s.
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