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Yankees want Andruw Jones back in part-time role

Dec 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.”

Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but “understands he’s not going to be a full-time player.”

Jones earned $2 million this year, so a similar one-year deal could make sense for both sides assuming another team doesn’t step up to offer him 500 at-bats for the first time since 2007.

Despite an ugly .228 batting average Jones has posted a strong .816 OPS in 266 games since a disastrous 2008 season with the Dodgers, which is certainly good enough production for everyday playing time, but those numbers are boosted by his primarily being spotted versus left-handed pitching.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM


  2. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Wow! The DH is certainly the bestest position EVER!!

    • bigharold - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      He’s strickly a fourth OFer, and then only against LHP. DH will be to rest A-Rod or other starters and for Montero.

      While I like Jones, I think it’s time the Yankees gave Gardner a full shot at full time OFer rather than sit him against LHP. While they have given him chances gardner’s always been on a fairly short leash. Time to take the training wheels off and see what happens because even when he’s not hitting well he plays great defense. The line up can stand it.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    He drove me crazy when he smiled after going down looking again and again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Yeah Mr Smiling strikeout should be his nickname. Yanks can do much better then this guy, personally id rather not see him back anytime soon

  4. pistolpete31 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Send him to the marlins to play center field

  5. danandcasey - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    He should take it. In today’s economy, a part time job is better than no job at all (especially a part time job that pays $2MM).

  6. sparkycon - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    If Jones wants more playing time perhaps he should 1. Stop trying to pull EVERYTHING. 2. Strike out less and 3. Lose about 30 pounds so he can actually run in the outfield again…

  7. bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Bring Bobby Abreu back once the Angels cut him loose.

  8. genericcommenter - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    They don’t really need a light-hitting backup DH.

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    That ^ was about Abreu. I forgot hitting “reply” to a specific post and then logging in kicks it back out to a general reply box.

  10. pisano - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    I agree with deathmonkey and dirtyharry, this guy strikesout way too much and I also agree they can do better than Andruw (smiling strikeout ) Jones. I know Marcus Thames didn’t play the outfield as well as Jones, but he hit the ball a lot better and he didn’t strikeout nearly as much.

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