With any trade or signing, it could impact your ball club in a huge way. Well, without meaning to, the trades of Martin Prado and David Phelps gave Alex Rodriguez less work to do when he arrives to Spring Training in February.
Jones could be used as a true back-up first basemen if Mark Teixeira needs a day off or is injured. Injuries riddled Teixeira’s 2014 season after he played only 123 games for the Bronx Bombers.
Jones also offers the outfield insurance, but most importantly right field. While the Yankees already signed Chris Young to a one-year, $2 Million contract, Jones could be used in right should Carlos Beltran need a day off or if he gets injured.
Finally, the acquisition of Jones could mean less playing time for Alex Rodriguez.
Brian Cashman said earlier this offseason there was a possibility Rodriguez could see playing time as a back-up third basemen or a back-up first basemen to Headley and Teixeira. Cashman added Rodriguez’s primary position was going to be the DH spot, but at-bats in the DH spot are going to be hard to come by, especially since Jones happens to be the better left handed hitter.
Jones has a career .267 average against left handed pitching and has had more at-bats against left handed pitching than right handed pitching. The move could cause the Yankees to platoon Rodriguez with Jones over the course of ..read more