Vladimir Guerrero, Raul Ibanez reach out to Yankees

Raul Ibanez once of the Philadelphia Phillies hit

Raul Ibanez once of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a two-run single during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. (July 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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The Yankees haven't yet officially traded Jesus Montero -- their four-player deal with Seattle should be announced by the end of the week -- so technically, they don't have yet an opening at designated hitter.

Free agents looking for work don't deal in technicalities, however, so it's no surprise that many interested parties have reached out to the Yankees.

The representatives for Vladimir Guerrero and Raul Ibañez have reached out to the Yankees, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, joining a list of applicants that also includes former Yankees Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui and former Yankees minor-leaguer Carlos Peña. The Yankees were also contacted by Jack Cust's representatives, but Cust reportedly agreed to a deal with the Astros Tuesday night.

The Yankees will delve more seriously into their designated hitter search, determining how much money they're willing to spend, once they complete the deal sending Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos.

The DH market changed for the players' benefit yesterday when the Tigers announced that Victor Martinez would likely miss the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Detroit will probably look to pick up one of the available players.

Yesterday, most clubs put aside such needs to focus on arbitration cases. The Yankees agreed to terms with relievers Joba Chamberlain ($1.675 million) and David Robertson ($1.6 million), leaving them with three cases: outfielder Brett Gardner, reliever Boone Logan and catcher Russell Martin.

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Gardner, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, asked for $3.2 million in the formal arbitration process, while the Yankees offered $2.4 million. Logan, who is a veteran of arbitration, filed for $2.1 million against the Yanks' $1.7 million.

Martin, who can be a free agent following the 2012 season, asked for $8.2 million; the Yankees offered $7 million.

Arbitration hearings will be scheduled for February.

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