Yankees Have Strong Interest In Andruw Jones

Andruw Jones appears to be the Yankees' top choice as they continue to search for a fourth outfielder, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). The sides are still apart on money, Heyman writes. Agent Scott Boras, who represents Jones, also represents Johnny Damon, who is one of the Yankees' backup options. Former Yankee Marcus Thames is still a consideration for the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees are looking for an outfielder who bats from the right side and can handle left and center field against tough lefties. The team wants a player that can give left-handed batters Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner some rest against select southpaws and provide the team with depth.

Jones, 33, hit 19 homers for the White Sox last year, playing all three outfield positions. He has an .863 OPS against lefties in his career, including a .931 mark in 2010.


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121 Comments on "Yankees Have Strong Interest In Andruw Jones"


Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

He would be good for them, plays all three outfield positions and has lots of power. Maybe a one year deal, second year team option

4 years 6 months ago

Straight up one year deal would be sufficient for AJ at this point in his career.

Redsoxn8tion
4 years 6 months ago

To add to their has been outfield. Ha ha ha

monster55
4 years 6 months ago

Swisher and Gardner are has-beens? You could make the argument that Granderson is, but JD Drew and Ellsbury qualify as has-beens more than the Yankees OF.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

You can’t make that argument for anyone in the Yankees OF.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

You can’t make that argument for anyone in the Yankees OF.

4 years 6 months ago

Ellsbury is a has-been? He’s 27 years old and had a bad year because he was injured. Gardner is also not a has-been. Swisher had the best season of his career because of the Yankee Stadium Bandbox. However, yes, Granderson is a has-been.

raullll
4 years 6 months ago

When your clueless of what your talking about, please stay quiet.

Since coming to the Yankees Swisher has hit 35 HRs away vs 23 HRS at Yankees stadium, also his OPS and average is superior on the road. Now if you said something like being in the Yankees lineup with great hitters had a positive effect on Swisher then i would think you have some knowledge of what your saying.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Ellsbury is one of the hated players on the team….by his own teammates! The Boston media has crushed him. Of course if he comes in & has a stellar season all be forgiven.

4 years 6 months ago

Ellsbury is a has-been? He’s 27 years old and had a bad year because he was injured. Gardner is also not a has-been. Swisher had the best season of his career because of the Yankee Stadium Bandbox. However, yes, Granderson is a has-been.

4 years 6 months ago

You’re taking someone who uses “Red Sox Nation” as user ID seriously? You should know better than that. This coming from a Sox fan.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Not really. The only reason why the Sox outfield is BARELY better is because they overpaid on an outfielder who has a big name but doesn’t hit lefties.

Gardner is the best defensive outfielder in Baseball.
Swisher’s 2010 WAR. 4.1. JD Drew’s, 2.6

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

“Gardner is the best defensive outfielder in Baseball”
Matt Kemp says hi

bucs_lose_again
4 years 6 months ago

And the rest of baseball says. “Matt Kemp, why are you even speaking?”

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

And then Ellsbury comes in and says “Don’t forget about me just because Beltre broke my ribs”

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

Especially with that negative UZR/150.

4 years 6 months ago

Looking at one year of UZR information is laughable. Although so is basing Gardner’s ‘best defender in baseball’ off of one year is too. He still needs WAY more playing time before you can say that using UZR.

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

From 2008, which is when Gardner made his debut, with a minimum of 1000 innings played, Gardner is #1 with a 29.9 UZR/150. Proof enough for you?

4 years 6 months ago

If you want to believe that is enough then sure. But it’s not……

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

From 2008, which is when Gardner made his debut, with a minimum of 1000 innings played, Gardner is #1 with a 29.9 UZR/150. Proof enough for you?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Not really. Matt Kemp was dreadful in the field. Don’t know why you couldn’t make a case for Gardner.

4 years 6 months ago

I’m not saying you can’t. Use numbers that actually mean something, or learn more about UZR.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

you mean like errors?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

you mean like errors?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

UZR matters. UZR matters a lot.

4 years 6 months ago

I’m not saying you can’t. Use numbers that actually mean something, or learn more about UZR.

sweetcaroline2011
4 years 6 months ago

Gardner sux!!!!! He is over hyped and if he played for the milwakee brewers…..you yankee fans wouldnt even know who he is. Besides is his play gonna win you a world series? NO. However I know of 2 that can Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Oh by the way Boston is going to run all over the yankees next year. Without pettite or a good armed catcher the yankees are in trouble. Just face it won hurt as much if you know it is coming.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

And the award for dumbest post of the week goes to…

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

And the award for dumbest post of the week goes to…

BangJonHymen
4 years 6 months ago

He’s going to get today’s Jon Hymen Award

thevoiceofbv
4 years 6 months ago

you need to make that award happen……

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

“Hymen”? So he writes stupid things and is a virgin?

BangJonHymen
4 years 6 months ago

He’s going to get today’s Jon Hymen Award

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

Matt Kemp is statistically the WORST defensive player in Baseball and Brett Gardner is statistically the BEST.

Matt Kemp sported an -24.0 UZR. -24.0!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brett Gardner sported a 21.9

4 years 6 months ago

Hard to take someone using one year data of UZR in a vacuum seriously.

4 years 6 months ago

Hard to take someone using one year data of UZR in a vacuum seriously.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Heh heh, I totally razzed you!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

oops :)

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

oops :)

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Heh heh, I totally razzed you!

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

No way Gardner is the best defensive outfielder in baseball, I know your a fan of every team but Yankees must be one of your favorites

4 years 6 months ago

i’m a yanks fan and i agree with you. Pretty darn good sure, but the best?

4 years 6 months ago

i’m a yanks fan and i agree with you. Pretty darn good sure, but the best?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I am Yankees fan as well but Gardner is not even close to being the best defensive OFer in baseball…..

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

Ya, you and David agree with me, he is definitaly in the top 10, probably top 5, and maybe top three, but i dont see him as “The Best”

4 years 6 months ago

You do realize that calling Crawford “overpaid” then using WAR and UZR is a contradiction right? I mean you’re talking about a guy coming off two seasons with WARs 5.7 and 6.9, which present time would be worth $28.5 and $34.5 respectively.

4 years 6 months ago

His high WAR and the majority of that contract is being paid based on his defense. What good is his plus defense at Fenway in front of the Monster?

4 years 6 months ago

“His high WAR and the majority of that contract is being paid based on his defense.”

Not the majority, but does it affect his defense? Yes. However, Crawford can offset some of that by playing shallower and thus getting to shallower flyballs and bloop singles. And it’s not like it will absolutely destroy his WAR. You can take away 1 win from his 6.9 WAR. It’s till a very good 5.9 worth well over what he’s being paid.

4 years 6 months ago

You do realize that calling Crawford “overpaid” then using WAR and UZR is a contradiction right? I mean you’re talking about a guy coming off two seasons with WARs 5.7 and 6.9, which present time would be worth $28.5 and $34.5 respectively.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Remember he is a 4th outfielder. Who is better as a 4th OFer: Cameron or Jones? I will take Jones……

4 years 6 months ago

Given a mostly LHB outfield, I’ll take Cameron and his .980 OPS vs. lefties the last 3 years as the 4th OFer. Not to mention Cameron being a superior defender.

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

PAGING WREN, PAGING FRANK WREN.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Why aren’t the Phillies in on him too? Too $?

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

They have over $158 million committed, so doubtful they go after him, unless they trade Blanton.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Why aren’t the Phillies in on him too? Too $?

tigers22
4 years 6 months ago

Mark Prior and Andruw Jones…they must be trying to create the 2003 all-star team

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

Replace Cameron with Ellsbury.

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

This was for monster55

Maverick60
4 years 6 months ago

I love Andruw Jones, but I hate the Yankees… I think I would like to see Jones go to NY and have a good year at the plate to boost his career numbers. Just not sure he would get enough AB’s. I wish him luck, even if it is as a Yankee. That’s how much I like Andruw Jones.

Maverick60
4 years 6 months ago

I love Andruw Jones, but I hate the Yankees… I think I would like to see Jones go to NY and have a good year at the plate to boost his career numbers. Just not sure he would get enough AB’s. I wish him luck, even if it is as a Yankee. That’s how much I like Andruw Jones.

went9
4 years 6 months ago

Boras is calling the Braves FO right now saying “Going once, going twice…”

Come on Atlanta.

went9
4 years 6 months ago

Boras is calling the Braves FO right now saying “Going once, going twice…”

Come on Atlanta.

rangersfan32
4 years 6 months ago

Jones is worthless as an outfielder now, and can’t really do too much with the bat except hit for a low .200 average and hit a few homeruns not to mention the hustle isn’t there. He is just a shadow of his former self.

4 years 6 months ago

He’s till got some pop and for a 4th outfielder I think he’s a nice piece

jwsox
4 years 6 months ago

its not like he is going to start….yes his average was abd last year(so was carlos penas and he got 10 mill) he hit .230 a .340+ obp and a.480+ slugging thats a very good line minus the average. but he also hit 19 home runs, scored 41 runs, got 48 RBIS and stole 9 bases all in 328 PA’s with a 1.8 WAR for a 4th OF who was really the 5th guy behind ozzies man crush in mark kotsay…thats pretty good. all while playing a 2.2 uzr/150 is darn good for a 4th of who bats right in a lefty batting outfield..

rangersfan32
4 years 6 months ago

I didn’t realize he had a descent season with the White Sox, he fit in well there. I just couldn’t stand watching him as a Ranger trying to hit a homerun every swing instead of moving runners when the situation called for it. Even with two strikes he wasn’t concerned with making contact as much as crushing one 500 feet. Most of his offensive numbers came early on in the season then he couldn’t do anything the rest of the season except strike out or walk.

4 years 6 months ago

I’m excited about this, hopefully he comes to the Bronx, he’d be great of the bench and would get plenty of ABs against lefties…

Maybe we could even more Swisher to the rotation now…

4 years 6 months ago

I’m excited about this, hopefully he comes to the Bronx, he’d be great of the bench and would get plenty of ABs against lefties…

Maybe we could even more Swisher to the rotation now…

MB923
4 years 6 months ago

It’s obvious what the Yankees backup plan is to sign Andruw Jones to play in RF and to put Nick Swisher in their rotation

Gabe Kapler would be poopin his pants if he sees Swisher again on the mound

John_Ginder
4 years 6 months ago

Would have been a great signing 15 years ago.

John_Ginder
4 years 6 months ago

Would have been a great signing 15 years ago.

slider32
4 years 6 months ago

Jones with his 19 HRs last year or Thames are good 4th OFers for the Yanks.

ani703
4 years 6 months ago

Can he pitch? No? Then who cares. The yanks are about to have a giant hole in their starting rotation — thanks to Petite likely retiring — and Cash is busy making deals on past-their-prime FOURTH outfielders. Wonderful.

4 years 6 months ago

…and who would you rather he sign?

Carl Pavano? Chris Young? Jarrod Washburn?

The rotation won’t be that bad, you’ll have a solid front three with Sabathia, Hughes and Burnett returning to his usual mediocre (rather than awful) form.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

So he should ignore other needs until he obtains another pitcher? Wow…Yankee fans are a bit spoiled.

4 years 6 months ago

Shocking, this has devolved into a Red Sox/Yankees who sucks more debate.

Absolutely shocking.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 6 months ago

I mean really, who saw it coming? I am appalled.

BravesRed
4 years 6 months ago

Well, Red Sox are the favorites for the AL East, so Red Sox are the best right now.

jayrub23
4 years 6 months ago

Till the Red Sox start winning they are favorites for nothing.

back to Jones, this signing can only make the team better. As good as Thames was last year, Jones will be better. Better hitting and fielding.

and to the individual who mentioned washburn and young. i would get both. Neither will be worse than mitre and will be a back up plan in case nova does not do well.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

The better hitting is debatable but at least Jones can play the field which allows for more roster flexibility. I still sort of wonder what Milledge could’ve been with the help of Kevin Long and some good hitters to hand around and learn from.

ellisburks
4 years 6 months ago

Ummmm…the whole point of being “favourites”(Canadian spelling) is that they are favoured to win BEFORE the contest starts. Therefore, you can say they are favourites to win the AL East regardless of them not having won or played a game yet.

I also think Jones might be a good fit in New York. Good pop, playes average to above average defense and won’t be bugging to play a full-time role. He would be a big upgrade over Thames from last year who looked absolutly lost when he had a glove on.

And The Yankees pitching is just not good enough this year but you can never count out Cashman.

jayrub23
4 years 6 months ago

Till the Red Sox start winning they are favorites for nothing.

back to Jones, this signing can only make the team better. As good as Thames was last year, Jones will be better. Better hitting and fielding.

and to the individual who mentioned washburn and young. i would get both. Neither will be worse than mitre and will be a back up plan in case nova does not do well.