Yankees Interested in Bringing Jones, Garcia Back in 2012

Not much has happened so far this offseason, but that could start to change. Two moves the Yankees seem ready to make is to bring back veterans Andruw Jones and Freddy Garcia.

Jones’ agent, Scott Boras, spoke with Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger who told him that the Yankees have already had conversations about bringing the lefty-masher back next season.¬† In the same article, Carig reported that the Yankees also intent to follow up on conversations they had with Freddy Garcia that started before he even became a free agent.

While neither had terribly great numbers last season, both served a very important role with the team. Garcia provided a strong veteran presence in the rotation, eating up innings while keeping the Yankees competitive day in an out. Jones started off slow, but ended up just destroying left handed pitching, posting a .384 OBP and a .923 OPS against them.

No word on how much it would take to sign them each, but both would likely expect a raise on their 2011 salaries after signing on the cheap and having good years. Jones earned $2 million last season. Garcia earned a $1.5 million base salary and then another $1.75 million in incentives after signing a non-guaranteed minor league contract.

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3 Responses to Yankees Interested in Bringing Jones, Garcia Back in 2012

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Uh-oh. Would want to be careful here. Both were good in their roles last year, but both are old. Bringing Freddy back is fine, but Jones should only be re-signed if they go with a platoon in RF after having traded Swisher for a starting pitcher. Jones' real value is as a DH, and Montero's got that role for 2012. For a 4th OF I'd really prefer someone younger and less of a liability against right handed pitching.

  2. shavager says:

    If I had my druthers, I'd druther have Posada back as a switch hitting bat instead of Jones, provided Jorge would sign for similar numbers as Jones. Yeah, yeah Jorge's 40 but I'd take him in limited OF duty over Jones. Garcia's not gonna get more than 9-10 wins for Yanks, unless they don't have faith in Betances, pass on Garcia before committing money unless he's a last resort. This pitching staff has to improve, Garcia's not the answer.

  3. Robert Mackenzie says:

    I'd rather the Yanks sign that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. That would help get the Yanks younger. Also signing Freddy is a smart idea, even if he is just insurance. He won't cost much.