Jones had a .384 OBP and a .923 OPS against left handers and played a decent right and left field last season and the Yankees have re-signed him hoping to get more of the same next year.
He has incentives in the deal that will give him $45K once he reaches 100 and 125 plate appearances, then $70K for 150, 175, 200, and 225 PA’s, $170K for 250 and 275 PA’s, $220K for 300 and 325 PA’s, and finally $300K for 350 plate appearances.
Essentially he can earn an additional $1.45 million if he gets up 350 times. He had 222 plate appearances last season meaning he would have earned an extra $300K under the same parameters last season.
The Yankees 40-man roster is now full so the Yankees will need to designate somebody for assignment when Hiroki Kuroda is officially added to the roster. Righty Kevin Whelan is probably the most vunerable, but I wouldn’t consider Rule 5 pick Brad Meyers or outfielder Melky Mesa safe either.