Skip to content

Yankees stepping up pursuit of Andruw Jones

Jan 16, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

It would appear that super agent Scott Boras is close to finding a home for veteran client Andruw Jones.

The Yankees were first linked to Jones last week by SI.com’s Jon Heyman and now the Sports Illustrated reporter is saying that the Bombers have “stepped up” their pursuit of the 33-year-old.

Jones isn’t as great defensively as he once was and he is no longer the type of guy you want playing in 160-plus games, but he has his uses.

The Yankees could try him as their designated hitter from time to time against left-handed pitchers and could have him serve as a backup to both corner outfield spots.  His still steady power bat would shine in the smaller ballparks of the American League East, at least on a limited basis, and he wouldn’t have trouble covering ground defensively at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays are also thought to be interested and may be able to offer more playing time.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Why do we do this EVERY year? Nick Johnson, Lance Berkman…..who are these walk-ons? Bring back Johnny.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      The trouble with Johnny is that he is also a Boras client. Boras can only place 1 of Jones, Damon and Manny with the Yankees. The Yankees are in a good position here as the have their choice among the “old and the lame”.

      • Jack Marshall - Jan 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        This is known in the trade as a “conflict of interest.” Why Boras’s client put up with it, I’ll never know.

      • Old Gator - Jan 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        The lame shall enter first! (Flannery O’Connor)

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      @yankeesfanlen

      Damon wants more guaranteed playing time. He still thinks he’s a viable, everyday outfielder. Until he can get himself past that notion, he’s got no spot on the Yankees roster.

      Jones makes plenty of sense. He offers the defensive versatility to play some OF and he murders left-handed pitching. It’s a good signing, especially when you figure you’re the Yankees and if you make a bad move (ie: Nick Johnson) you can handle the financial hit and go out mid-season and find a Lance Berkman who is available.

    • genericcommenter - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Damon wants playing time and money. He’s not worth either. The role they have is for a bench bat who can backup DH if needed and also play the outfield. Basically they want to fill the Thames role with someone who can field. Thames had a career year at the plate but can’t field at all.

      They also prefer a righthanded bat who can hit lefties.
      Damon is not really good at any of these things. He could be OK, IF he accepted a bench role and a low contract. But he can probably get more money and more playing time with a lower tier team.

      Jones could fill this role and makes more sense.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I’m convinced if the Yankees do a deal with Jones he is part of a much bigger picture. The Yankees have excess bullpen help. They would be able to part with someone like Colin Curtis. Plus they have an abundance of catchers. I honestly believe there would be several variations of packages Cashman could put together to find a trading partner to secure a “quality” pitcher.
    Relief pitcher(s) that I would think can be part of any trade discussions: Joba (1st and foremost). Then if need be Mitre who is a FA agent after this coming season, or even Robertson who has 3 years of arbitration left after this year. I would hate to see them trade Robertson, but for the “right” starter anythings possible.
    Catchers that I think can be part of any trade discussions: Cervelli (especially if Martin is healthy) or Romine (prospect).
    Outfielders that I think can be part of any trade discussions: Colin Curtis (while he has very, very limited ML experience he has performed well in the Yankee farm system even in AAA.
    All/any of the above would provide cost certainty for mid and small market & low revenue teams for several years to come. They might be appealing to a team looking to cut payroll or trade a high priced pitcher. Just thinking out loud. I really do think there is a reason and method behind many of Cashman’s signings.

  3. roseann894 - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    This is why I am no longer a Yankee fan. About 10 years ago they concluded it was a bad idea to develop the farm system and/or bring in hungry team-oriented free agents, instead deciding to sign any player who had ever hit 20 homers or won 15 games in a season, even if the player since turned onto a bloated, indifferent mediocrity. For example, Canseco, Ponson, Kevin Brown, now Andruw Jones who is the very epitome of the above “attributes.” The idea that these bums ought to be rewarded with the opportunity to wear the pinstripes is galling.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Every good marriage counselor will tell you, bringing up arguments from the distant past is a sure path to disaster, but since you started it: The Yankees have brought up Joba, Hughes, Robertson, Gardner, Melky, Cano Jeter, Mo, Pettitte, Bernie, Posada, etc etc etc. Especially in recent years, they have done a great job with the farm while still focusing on winning with the big club.

      Kevin brown etc was a long time ago, and guys like Berkman and Johnson were picked up on the cheap. Jones will be like a better Thames, who can also play an above average OF. He’s not the same guy he was 10 years ago, but he’d make a hell of a nice bench piece/role player.

      • roseann894 - Jan 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        Etc Etc? Who specifically? The good players you named were all brought up in the 90s -except maybe Hughes (too early to tell). Ponson was not brought in a long time ago; he drank his way out of Texas and Minnesota and was IMMEDIATELY signed by the Yankees – twice.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM

        To roseann894 – Your right about Ponson. He had 2 relatively short stints with the Yankees the last one in 2008 for a few months. In both cases in in 2006 and 2008 he came over to the Yankees late in each season at or near the trade deadline. Just as a point of reference Ponson’s record with the Yankees during his brief stay in 2008 was 4-4 with a 5.85 ERA. Do you recall what Beckett’s the soon to be $18M man stats with Boston were this past season? 6-6 with a 5.75 ERA. I’d say Ponson was a relative bargain based on those numbers.
        By the way, Cano made is big league debut with the Yankees in 2005 and Gardner in 2008. In fact the only ones on sabathia’s list above that came up prior to 2005 are the last 5 (core4 plus Bernie).

  4. golfjackal - Jan 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Andruw Jones looks like he overdosed on twinkies…no way he can cover the outfield unless they sprinkle the ball with sugar to motivate him to move.

  5. Panda Claus - Jan 17, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    If I were to give advice to Cashman, it would be to work the “buy 2 get 1 free” discount option with Boras. He’s already got his Soriano, so if he springs for Andruw then he should ask for his free Manny to complete the deal.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

All the trade deadline news to know
Top 10 MLB Player Searches