The Yankees appear to be zeroing in on Raul Ibanez as the extra bat that Joe Girardi was pitching for last week.

The Yankees are seeking a left-handed hitter and other possibilities have included Eric Chavez and ex-Yankees Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. But Ibanez appears to be their best option for an outfielder because he could occasionally play left field and the Yanks are unsure if Matsui or Damon can, according to sources.

If the Yankees decide they prefer Chavez and his ability to play first or third, he could be re-signed. The Yankees would like to keep expenses on their final winter piece as low as possible, so whoever comes cheapest could get the roster spot, too.