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.