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Which DH for the Yankees?

According to a report by Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Yankees have had contact with the representatives for Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez about possibly filling their (maybe) vacant DH position. It has already been established that the Yankees are also interested in Johnny Damon Redux, Hideki Matsui Part II, and Carlos Pena.

In order to make a more educated decision, here are the particulars for each candidate. Read them over, factor in everything -- age, likely salary demands, recent production, where he fits into the lineup -- and choose one.

Or, don't choose any and go the more prudent way, cobbling together the lineup spot with a combination of Andruw Jones and a rotation of the Yankee regulars.

Guerrero: Turns 37 on Feb. 6. Right-hand hitter. 2011 salary: $7.6 million

Career: .318 BA, 449 HRs, 1496 RBI

2011: .290/13/63/.317 OBP

Damon: 38 years old. LH hitter. 2011 salary: $5.25 million

Career: .286/231/1126

2011: .261/16/73/.326 OBP

Matsui: 38 on June 12. LH hitter. 2011 salary: $4.25 million

Career: .285/173/753

2011: .251/12/72/ .321 OBP

Pena: 34 on May 2, LH hitter. 2011 salary $9.6 million

Career: .239/258/730

2011: .225/28/80/.357 OBP

Ibanez: 40 on June 2. LH hitter. 2011 salary $12.2 million

Career: .280/252/1054

2011: .245/20/84/.289

Is there a right choice here? I'm not sure I see one. Let us know what you see.