Yankees started talks w/ Andruw Jones, tho nothing’s close. Seek righty hitting OF. Concerned about Thames defense.
Andruw Jones appear to be Yankees top choice for OF but they’re still apart on $. Damon, Thames among backup plans.
This makes sense given the alternatives. The Yankees are looking for a right handed hitting outfielder to balance out lefties Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. Jones seems to be the best fit in this situation.
Scott Hairston is another interesting possibility but is coming off a season where he struggled against lefties. Johnny Damon doesn’t seem to fit as his defense and offense are both slipping and he is not right handed.
Marcus Thames had a huge year for the Yankees last season in the role, but by the end of the season they didn’t use him at all in the outfield. Since Jorge Posada is expected to be the full-time DH then there isn’t much of a fit there now. Perhaps they’ll bring him back in a smaller role, strictly as a pinch hitter.