Poll: Will Andruw Jones Sign With The Yankees?

Yesterday we learned that the Yankees have strong interest in free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.  GM Brian Cashman is in search of a backup outfielder who hits right-handed and Jones is one of the better options available at this point in the offseason. 

Jones' ability to hit left-handed pitching is well-known.  The five-time All-Star has a career .863 OPS against lefties and even topped that mark with a .931 posting in 2010.  And as Ben Shpigel of the New York Times points out, Jones' defense is still preferable to that of Marcus Thames, even if he has lost a step or three over the years.  The soon-to-be 34-year-old registered a 2.2 UZR/150 in the outfield last season which easily bested Thames' -33.0. 

Thames and Johnny Damon are still available and still backup options for the Yanks, but they prefer Jones.  However, the two sides are still far apart on money and the veteran has other suitors, including the Rockies, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post (via Twitter).  When all is said and done, do you envision Jones being in pinstripes in 2011?


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91 Comments on "Poll: Will Andruw Jones Sign With The Yankees?"


BravesRed
4 years 7 months ago

I pick no, mostly because I wanted him in a Braves uniform, even though I never wanted him out of one.

Dollar Seats
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, lets bring Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson, and Corky Miller back while we’re at it.

Dollar Seats
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, lets bring Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson, and Corky Miller back while we’re at it.

4 years 7 months ago

as a Braves fan …. I am still hoping he would sign with the Braves

Rich_in_NJ
4 years 7 months ago

As a Yankee fan, I hope he signs with the Braves.

I prefer Damon.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

As a Red Sox fan I also prefer the yanks sign Damon.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Even though Damon doesn’t match the major criteria Cashman is looking for in that he isn’t a RH hitter who can play all three OF positions?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

Damon? We need a right handed bat who hits lefties and can play decent defense and that defitinley makes Jones a wiser choice

4 years 7 months ago

Jeter- .270 Avg, .340 OBP, .370 Slg, .710 OPS
Damon .271 Avg, .355 OBP, .401 Slg, .756 OPS

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

So………….You put Damon at SS?

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

Will he be able to make the throw to first on a fly?

4 years 7 months ago

No, but I wouldn’t put Jeter at shortstop, either.

Jeter – 5.4 UZR/150
Damon + 4.6 UZR/ 150

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

Put Damon at SS and Jeter in LF and you probably get the opposite results. Jeter a +, Damon a –

4 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t do either. They’re both well past their prime defensively.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

UZR is a joke, if you watched any yankee games you would know Jete is a very good fielder

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

UZR is a joke, if you watched any yankee games you would know Jete is a very good fielder

thevauntedchris
4 years 7 months ago

As a Yankee fan, I’m offended by your lack of knowledge about our shortstop. Very good fielder is quite generous.

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

That makes Damon vastly underpaid, no?

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Damon would put up great numbers as a SS but since he’s not sort of a bad comparison.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

I’m going with the Angels here. DH/OF w/ Abreu/Rivera.

4 years 7 months ago

what about torii?

bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

I hope so, I think he would be an awesome platoon OFer if his splits are any indication. Not so sure he needs to resort to a bench role yet though.

4 years 7 months ago

Jones is not really a platoon player. In his career he’s OPS’d .863 vs LHP and .814 vs. RHP. Those are not platoon player’s splits. I know he did put up .931 OPS vs. LHP in 2010, but that was in 86 ABs.

bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

.365 wOBA vs. .333 wOBA career

128 wRC+ vs. 107 wRC+ career

Pretty significant. And its more pronounced later in his career.

4 years 7 months ago

Huh? Where’d you get your numbers? According to fangraphs:
.355 wOBA vs. .352 wOBA career
118 wRC+ vs. 116 wRC+ career
Not a platoon player.

bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

WOW, where did I get those numbers is a great question! I can’t even find anything resembling what I posted on his fangraphs page. You’re right.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Not sure yourpoint. His numbers might be the same both either LHP or RHP but for the Yankees purpose he would be a platoon player. Isn’t any player capable of being a platoon player?

I still think Milledge is a better option. He may not be as sound as AJ is defensively but he hits LHP much better than AJ does.

AJ 2010- .256/.373/.558 vs LHP (86 AB)
AJ Career-.261/.361/.501 vs LHP

LM 2010- .320/.414/.512 vs LHP (125 AB)
LM Career-.289/.363/.435vs LHP

Plus the Yanks are short on OF depth, Milledge is still young @ 26 and maybe working with Kevin Long can help him to become a better hitter that might serve the Yanks a greater purpose down the road.

4 years 7 months ago

Come on Phils, get in the fight here. A right handed power bat who kills lefties and plays the corners is exactly what we need right now.

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

You’re not gonna need anymore offense since you will only have to score 1 or 2 runs each game to win.

4 years 7 months ago

Wrong comment

4 years 7 months ago

you think they have more money?

4 years 7 months ago

I think he should go for a starting gig if he can find one. If he could play regularly in Colorado I bet he could hit a lot of homers and re-jump start his career.

4 years 7 months ago

He’s a platoon player in Colorado too. The OF is already crowded with EY, Fowler, CarGo, Smith, and Spilborghs. Spilly is right handed, Young and Fowler are switch hitters, CarGo hits lefties. That leaves him platooning with Smith, while I like the power production you could get out of it, he’s probably going to cost more than the Rockies are willing to spend after they raided the bargain basement and got Wigginton and Lopez (both right handed power type hitters). I just don’t see them making this move, though I like the potential it could give them.

4 years 7 months ago

Isn’t simple? Just offer him the most money and he’ll be a yankee! Oh wait …

lefty177
4 years 7 months ago

He’s really only 34? I swear I’ve been hearing his name forever. Oh yeah, he came to the big leagues when he was 20.

4 years 7 months ago

18

4 years 7 months ago

we need him in Atlanta!

4 years 7 months ago

I’d rather see Manny Ramirez as a fourth outfielder, if only because throw back Manny without the dreads would be nice to see.

4 years 7 months ago

As a twins fan, I hope the yankees sign Damon and Jones and any other washed up ballplayers they want. Sometimes signing someone can make a team much much worse!

ltdibo020
4 years 7 months ago

and sometimes much much better…twins need to beat the yanks once in the play offs then you can come on here and post about signing washed up players…..sheesh…..Brian…will you post back if the twins sign thome? just wondering???

4 years 7 months ago

You didn’t just bash JIM THOME did you?? Andruw Jones and Johnny Damon COMBINED didn’t produce anywhere near as good a season as Jim Thome, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

ltdibo020
4 years 7 months ago

Brian…read what you wrote…check both players stats and tell me how Andre Jones is washed up…thats why I posted what I did..and thats what you said…back up what you said…don’t change the subject…and I would defintely take jones over Thome, when you add in the fact that Jones can play any outfield position well…hes not just a DH…the damon thing…I’d take Thome…fair enough???

ltdibo020
4 years 7 months ago

Brian…Jones and Damon combined.. for 3 times as many runs, hits,doubles and triples, then jim thome…2 more hrs…twice as many rbi’s,….you were saying??? I checked myself….and I was right?? …now what?…I still don’t get your Yankees sign washed up player post…I’d take any of these three players on my bench….also I would avoid Capital letters when you have no “real” point…no and I’m not bashing Thome…great career and they say..a great guy too…Now heres the question…if the Yanks sign Thome is he washed up then, or just when the Twins sign him???….hmmm

4 years 7 months ago

You didn’t just bash JIM THOME did you?? Andruw Jones and Johnny Damon COMBINED didn’t produce anywhere near as good a season as Jim Thome, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

TwinsVet
4 years 7 months ago

Make the playoffs with a payroll under $100M, then you can post.

Fair?

ltdibo020
4 years 7 months ago

Yanks have done that numerous times…so I guess I can post…lol….and a team could never win the world series with a payroll under 100 million …right…oh wait..

4 years 7 months ago

He needs to come back home to Atlanta

4 years 7 months ago

I really wish the Braves would sign him, or somebody. I’m just not sold on Schafer or Young yet.

InvalidUserID
4 years 7 months ago

Brian Cashman is asleep at the wheel.

ace0510
4 years 7 months ago

like the yanks need to get older

4 years 7 months ago

Not a good off season at all for the Yanks.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Why? They made a monster offer to Lee. He went for the path of least resistance by pitching in the National League. I do not blame him. He faces maybe 5 decent hitters a night in an average National League line up. He will prolong his career by 2-3 years pitching there.

The Yankees have spent chump change on role players at best. None of them are designed to shoulder the burden in any capacity. Prior, Dusch, Jones or who ever else they sign will not be a starter in the lineup on a regular basis. Any pitcher they sign will the #4 probably the #5.

Again, teams do not win the World Series in the off season. However, with the rate our country is going there probably will be an ESPN TV Special hosted by LeBron James handing pre season awards…..

TwinsVet
4 years 7 months ago

Why hasn’t it been a good offseason? Because you missed your #1 target, and watched your rivals sign their top target (Boston-Crawford) and acquire their most coveted of the past few years (Adrian).

It’s no secret the offseason hasn’t gone according to plan for Cashman. He’d probably be the first to admit it.

There’s no shame in it. 9/10 offseasons the Yankees get their targets. They missed this year. It happens. No reason to get defensive.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I would say the Yanks had a dissapointing year simply because they didn’t sign Lee. Theire other moves were more for bench players and a bullpen arm. A true “bad offseason” would be something like the Angels simply because they had far, far more holes they had to fill.

TwinsVet
4 years 7 months ago

The Angels probably rank in the Top-5 for Worst Off-Seasons of the Past Decade.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah but it’s foolish for Cashman, or any GM, to evaluate their offseason according to what their opponents did versus what they did for their own teams. The Yanks needs were a lot smaller than most others. They needed….

a) Cliff Lee or an equivalent #1-#2 type starter.
b) An 8th inning replacement for Woob.
c) A RH 4th OF.
e) Pettitte to return. (Beyond their control)
f) Improve the C situation. (Martin)

Red Sox needed…

a) Starting 1B or 3B
b) Starting LF
c) Starting C
d) A lefty in the pen.
e) Two more RH bullpen arms.

niched
4 years 7 months ago

Andruw Jones is a risk to be pretty good … or absolutely horrendous. Remember how bad he was three years ago in L.A? He was beyond horrible. But maybe he does have something left for a team that plays in a hitter’s park. Wouldn’t pay him much though.

4 years 7 months ago

Yankees will sign him because even though his career fell off long ago, he still puts people in the seats. I am a Giants fan and I wouldn’t mind signing him and cutting Rowand.

InvalidUserID
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think Jones is a draw for even mediocre teams unless they are fans of his from his Atlanta days. Especially on the Yankees, he wouldn’t even an everyday player.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

So… you’re saying the yanks, the team with the largest home team attendance last year will want to sign a player to put people in the seats.

Yeah. That argument makes no sense.

4 years 7 months ago

The same team with the largest post-season exodus from a stadium in which a game was still being played? Yankees only put people in the seats because it’s trendy and they win.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

“Trendy” if you mean the team always makes the playoff. But I think you can say that about every fan base except for the Cubs.

4 years 7 months ago

Take away the team’s history and move them to St Petersburg FL and they wouldn’t be popular to support. The fact that they’re in the largest media outlet in all of baseball helps make them popular.

And I think I already said that they win, so your snark about the post-season is really pointless since you come back at me with a point I already mentioned.

4 years 7 months ago

“Take away the team’s history and move them to St Petersburg FL and they wouldn’t be popular to support.”

Good one. Does this not apply for any team from any sport?

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

So… you’re saying the yanks, the team with the largest home team attendance last year will want to sign a player to put people in the seats.

Yeah. That argument makes no sense.

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, Jeter, Arod, Teixeira, Rivera, CC, Posada, Cano, have never really put any people in the seats. Andruw Jones will be the deal breaker here though.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I doubt AJ would have any effect on the Yanks attendance.