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.


121 Responses to Yankees Have Strong Interest In Andruw Jones Leave a Reply

  1. Green_Monster 4 years 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

  2. Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

    To add to their has been outfield. Ha ha ha

    • monster55 4 years 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 ago

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

      • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

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

      • 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 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 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.

      • 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.

      • 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 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 ago

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

        • bucs_lose_again 4 years ago

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

          • Green_Monster 4 years ago

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

        • BravesRed 4 years ago

          Especially with that negative UZR/150.

          • 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 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?

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

          • BravesRed 4 years 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 ago

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

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

          • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

            you mean like errors?

          • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

            you mean like errors?

          • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

            UZR matters. UZR matters a lot.

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

          • sweetcaroline2011 4 years 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 ago

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

          • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

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

          • BangJonHymen 4 years ago

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

          • thevoiceofbv 4 years ago

            you need to make that award happen……

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

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

          • BangJonHymen 4 years ago

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

        • Dave_Gershman 4 years 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

      • Green_Monster 4 years 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

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

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

        • Guest 4 years 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 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”

      • 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.

        • 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?

          • “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.

      • 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 ago

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

      • 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.

  3. BravesRed 4 years ago

    PAGING WREN, PAGING FRANK WREN.

    • guydavis 4 years ago

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

      • BravesRed 4 years ago

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

    • guydavis 4 years ago

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

  4. tigers22 4 years ago

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

  5. BravesRed 4 years ago

    Replace Cameron with Ellsbury.

  6. Maverick60 4 years 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.

  7. Maverick60 4 years 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.

  8. went9 4 years ago

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

    Come on Atlanta.

  9. went9 4 years ago

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

    Come on Atlanta.

  10. rangersfan32 4 years 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.

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

    • jwsox 4 years 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 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. MB923 4 years 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

  14. John_Ginder 4 years ago

    Would have been a great signing 15 years ago.

  15. John_Ginder 4 years ago

    Would have been a great signing 15 years ago.

  16. slider32 4 years ago

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

  17. ani703 4 years 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.

    • …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 ago

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

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

    Absolutely shocking.

    • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

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

    • BravesRed 4 years ago

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

  19. jayrub23 4 years 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 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 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.

  20. jayrub23 4 years 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.

  21. panda11864 4 years ago

    This looks like Yankee desperation. I have watched tghe Red Sox for the past 40 years and I am here to say The Yankees are making panic moves. Until the past few years the Red Sox went after older players instead of making good signings. The Red Sox used to sit on their hands and wait until the next Great Player became a free agent. Most of the time the players were past their prime or had one goos year. It would be a very bad signing for the Yankees 4th outfielder or not.

    • supraking 4 years ago

      Don’t quit your day job. Jones is exactly the kind of player the Yanks need. He’s basically Marcus Thames with passable defense. Sure, he’s only a shadow of his former self, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t contribute. He had a .402 wOBA and a .302 ISO against left-handed pitching LAST year. That’s great production for a platoon outfielder. How is this at all a panic move? Signing Carl Pavano would’ve been a panic move.

      • Chuck345 4 years ago

        Signing Carl Pavano would’ve been a suicidal move for Cashman’s career.

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

      What exactly are the ‘panic moves’? The Yankees were not interested in Werth or Crawford at the salary that these two were seeking, so they passed. What they are looking for is a RH batter to come off the bench, hit lefties and occasionaly play the OF. A superstar is not needed to perform that role

      • Except Werth and Crawford signed before Lee took the Phillies’ offer

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          Even if Lee signed earlier I am doubtful that Cashman would’ve signed either Werth or Crawford. I will not say that Cashman may have his doubts about Gardner, but I think what is being asked of Gardner is so minimal that coupled with the need to have financial and roster flexibility, that Cashman was 80% decided not to acquire Crawford and 100$% set on sticking with Swisher in RF.

          • You’re not following the convo. Someone said the Yanks are panicking. Slopeboy said the Yanks passed on Werth and Crawford, implying that the Yanks didn’t panic. I simply pointed out that those options were not there anyways. Follow?

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Yes, I followed everything. I simply said that regardless of Lee, the Yanks probably were not interested in either. I wasn’t in opposition of anything you said.

    • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

      How is Andruw Jones a “panic move” made out of desperation? He’s a 4th outfielder and would only bat against lefties. Your post is rife with bitterness.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Actually the Yankees are doing just the opposite of panic mode. They have not sigend any players to ridiculous contracts & they have not traded their farm for an over the hill SPer. I am sure Jones will get an incentive laden contract at best. They are not depending on him to make a major contribution. Same with Prior who will cost the $1.5 million at most if he makes it to the majors.

      All of that said, I think the Yankees are playing for 2nd right now. However, last year the Sox were the favorites to win the AL East with the “best rotation” since Baltimore in the 1970s. Even with all of the injuries the Sox suffered it was their intact SPing and ball pen that let them down, not their offense. I seemed to recall they finished 3rd…..

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      You are completely making too much of this signing. If/when the Yanks sign Jones it won’t be for more than a 1 year deal, I’m sure. They need a RH hitting OF’er who can play multiple OF positions and hit lefties and not demand major playing time. That’s a very small list of people left on the market. Basically, off the top of my head, Jones and Milledge is about it. Jones is not going to make or break this team. He’s there to fill in against select lefties, to rest Gardner and Granderson and to fill in if someone gets hurt and needs to be replaced.

      This is far, far from the signings circa 1980’s and early 1990’s.

  22. Jones at Yankee Stadium last year.

    .375 AVG, 2 HR. 3 R in 8 AB

    Not that big of a deal hence the 8 ABs…but still something to glance at.

    • ellisburks 4 years ago

      This is not a dig at you, I just wondered for a while and it needs to get out but I never got showing how a player did at a particular stadium, I mean he faced that teams pitching staff. If he did well because of park factors then maybe it makes sense, but if he did that because he faces Vazquez and AJ Burnett then it proves nothing cause he won’t be facing Yankee pitching.

  23. BangJonHymen 4 years ago

    Jones will be a good signing. This way I don’t have to see guys like Curtis, Golson, Huffman, and Kearns playing left. And if somebody goes down I could see him filling in nice.

  24. Yanks85 4 years ago

    I agree he would be a nice bat for us. But I have a feeling a simple signing like this will drag on forever! By making this take so long other teams will get interested jump in and swoop him away from the Yankees! So I hope they dont let this one slip!

  25. Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

    Hey Yanks fans, I said that to piss you off

    • ellisburks 4 years ago

      Why would you do that? This should be for discussing baseball not pissing off other fans on purpose. If you have something to say that is constructive then by all means go ahead, but it’s tough to take the high road when some Yankees fans act like tits, when Red Sox fans do the same thing.

      • Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

        Ellis relax buddy. I have posted constructive criticism before. The ONE time I make a post like that people jump down my throat. Everybody please chill

  26. $5474103 4 years ago

    Whenever someone mentions Andruw Jones, I’m always reminded of his stint in LA.

  27. Perhaps if Prior was slotted in the rotation and Jones was more than a 4th OF.

  28. Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

    Not at all, but a career 43.5 UZR helps.

  29. Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

    Not at all, but a career 43.5 UZR helps.

  30. jwsox 4 years ago

    if your saying gardner was the best defensive outfielder in 09 and 10 then yes…he didnt say he was baseballs best defensive outfielder ever, or in the past few years he simply said he was the best in baseball with the assumption of everyone knowing he was talking about since he came up and played full time.

  31. I guess you can say it 1000 times and nobody listens. UZR data is not meant to be used for one season in a vacuum. It’s not!

  32. I guess you can say it 1000 times and nobody listens. UZR data is not meant to be used for one season in a vacuum. It’s not!

  33. BravesRed 4 years ago

    Obviously some of the people here don’t understand baseball statistics, so don’t waste your time arguing with them.

  34. BravesRed 4 years ago

    Obviously some of the people here don’t understand baseball statistics, so don’t waste your time arguing with them.

  35. Two things:
    1) UZR is relative to position. Gardner’s career UZR would be lower if he had only played CF. So you can’t just look at career UZR to determine he’s better defensively than other CFers.
    2) Others have mentioned this, but one year data of UZR can be misleading. Otherwise you could look at Jeter’s 2009 UZR and think he’s the best defensive SS in baseball.

  36. Two things:
    1) UZR is relative to position. Gardner’s career UZR would be lower if he had only played CF. So you can’t just look at career UZR to determine he’s better defensively than other CFers.
    2) Others have mentioned this, but one year data of UZR can be misleading. Otherwise you could look at Jeter’s 2009 UZR and think he’s the best defensive SS in baseball.

  37. Green_Monster 4 years ago

    Don’t worry about that troll, his just mad that his jays are terrible

  38. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    I think he was refering to them “start winning (games in 2011)”.

  39. we get it ballbag, why cant we just watch a player play to see how good he is, and not have to make up new stats. gardner can fly and cover alot of ground but the best in the league? He has an average or so arm, he also dosent seem to always get a good jump on the ball. Franklin Guiterez for one is a better outfielder than brett

  40. we get it ballbag, why cant we just watch a player play to see how good he is, and not have to make up new stats. gardner can fly and cover alot of ground but the best in the league? He has an average or so arm, he also dosent seem to always get a good jump on the ball. Franklin Guiterez for one is a better outfielder than brett

  41. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Just for the record. Among ALL OF’ers from 2008 to 2010 (Gardner played 306 inning in 08, 628 in 09 and 1,211 in 2010 for a career total of 2,145 innings) Gardner ranks 3rd overall from during that 3 year span being Guitierez and Crawford, 3rd overall from 2009-2010 behind the same to again and #1 overall in 2010. So clearly, if he isn’t the best, then he’s at least in the conversation judging by a 3 year period, albeit not being a full time starter in 2008.

  42. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Yeah, we need to differentiate between the two if/when the AJ sucks comments come around this season.

  43. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Is that an anti-semitic comment? Are you saying Kapler is stingy or “tight” with the dissemination of his “pooh”?

  44. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Might I reference you to just about any rotation of the 80’s or90’s headed by the likes of Rick Rhoden or Melido Perez?

    I think a rotation of CC, AJ, Hughes and Nova ranks as mediocre with some upside. There’s no one on the FA market that would change that and I don’t hear of anyone on the trade market being available that would be of major impact. I wouldn’t be opposed to another rookie like Phelps or Noesi but I doubt it would happen. Wouldn’t mind seeing them sign Soriano and move Joba to the rotation and try to find another bullpen arm to replace him in the 7th inning role.

  45. “Might I reference you to just about any rotation of the 80’s or90’s headed by the likes of Rick Rhoden or Melido Perez? ”

    You know you are headed into a rough season when these kinds of comparisons become relevant.

  46. Average arm? Gardner was tied for 2nd in outfield assists. Even if players don’t respect his arm, you can’t deny the accuracy of it.

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