The Yankees are going to have to look for a new bat off the bench against lefties as outfielder Andruw Jones has agreed to a one-year deal worth approximately $3.6 million to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan, according to NikkanSports.com (via the NPB Tracker). The deal is contingent on Jones passing a physical.
Jones, 36 in April, is coming off a season where he hit just .197/.294/.408 in 94 games playing in left and right fields. He spent two years with the Yankees and was their primary bat off the bench against lefties, something he did very well when he hit .286/.384/.540 in 2011. However, he struggled last season and hit just .202/.294/.411 against southpaws.
The Yankees weren’t expected to make a play for Jones after his disappointing 2012 campaign. Instead they have considered Scott Hairston, but have only offer him a one-year deal while he is still holding out for a two-year offer. Hairston hit .286/.317/.550 against lefties last year which is better than the 2012 Jones, but worse than the 2011 version.