Rumors: Andruw Jones is Yankees Top Choice, 2 Sides Talking

Via Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Yankees started talks w/ Andruw Jones, tho nothing’s close. Seek righty hitting OF. Concerned about Thames defense.

and:

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.

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4 Responses to Rumors: Andruw Jones is Yankees Top Choice, 2 Sides Talking

  1. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    Consider all their options, this seems like the right move if they can get him for a reasonable deal. What do you think it would take? I would assume a max of $3M guaranteed with possible incentives.

    • Bronx Knight says:

      I like this idea.

      Jones made only $500K in 2009 with the Rangers, and $500K in 2010 with the ChiSox, plus a $3.2M release payment from the Dodgers (left over from a big $13M/year contract he had in the mid-2000's).

      All that being said, and based on his performance and projected role, I would say $2M would be more like it. Not sure how incentives would work since, barring some collapse by one of our three starters, Jones would be a role player.

  2. Andruw’s not the player he once was, but I like the idea of him on the Yankees, i think he could be a good bat and help them out quite a bit if he stays healthy.

  3. Robert G. Kramer says:

    The bat may not be as good as Thames demonstrated last year, but Jones is at least still an average fielder. He could be no worse than a good place-holder while Laird developes.