Joel Sherman has a couple of tweets that suggest Hal Steinbrenner has degenerated into a level of greed normally reserved for scumbags such as Bernie Madoff, Scrooge before his 3 dreams, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs:
1. "Of $5M saved in '12, plan to get Chavez for about $1M and Ibanez for about $1M, though Damon lingers as DH possibility"
2. "Hear current Hal Steinbrenner budget even after AJ trade has room only for Chavez or LH DH (likely Ibanez) not both."
Personally I consider Chavez useful as an infield backup who can allow A-Rod to DH and still leave a quality player in the lineup - unless one is sold on the notion that Eduardo Nunez is Major League-ready, Chavez seems a no-brainer. Ibanez I consider a total waste of roster space - a 40-year-old who has had serious declines the last 2 seasons.
However, if the Yankees baseball people do want to sign both, then they can certainly afford to spring for them both. The fact they they pretend otherwise really makes me pine for the days of George Steinbrenner. Despite George's numerous flaws and errors, strategically he understood what it meant to be an owner of the New York Yankees. George's errors sprung from an intense competitive drive; one has to infer from this winter's sad DH saga that Hal is sorely lacking in this respect.