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Andruw Jones signs with the Yankees

Dec 30, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

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Everyone needs a lefty-masher off the bench. Andruw Jones was that for the Yankees last year. He will be again next year too: Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees just signed him.

The deal: one year, $2 million plus incentives that can rack him up an additional $1.4 million. Not bad for a guy who hit .247/.356/.495 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 222 plate appearances last year. Jones may not be the future Hall of Famer some of us thought he’d be several years ago, but he’s a beyond solid bench bat.

Good signing.

  1. bobdira - Dec 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    As a Rays fan, now I’m really worried.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:46 AM

      What about the other 25 Rays’ fans? Are they worried as well?

      • Old Gator - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        Yes, but mostly about that morbidly obese predator drone that prowls inside the Tropicana Dump going out of control and plunging into their luxury boxes.

  2. pjmarn6 - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Then for similar numbers why was rodriguez paid 32.5 million?

    • robertterwilliger - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      because.

      • Old Gator - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Forget it, Jake. It’s the Bronx.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      I guess we could ask the same question as to why the Red Sox didn’t sign Jones last year instead of Crawford. They were both available for the 2011 season and from the looks of it their numbers are not that dissimilar. In fact one might even contend that Jones had a better year.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Anyone know when DRS/TZ updates on fangraphs? Reason I ask is his UZR metrics aren’t bad for a part time LF (yes SSS caveat) the last few years, and he’s absolutely hammered LHP last year (.286/.384/.540 for a 144 OPS+) for $2M? Hot damn!

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    When his agent leaked the story that Jones was talking with the Red Sox, it was obvious that he was putting pressure on the Yankees and they responded.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      My friend I seriously doubt that was the case. It’s hard to put pressure on a GM to sign a player that they intend to platoon. Besides Jones contract is for exactly the same dollars as he made last year with the incentives he earned in 2011. So it’s not like he got a huge raise.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

        The important thing for Jones is that he got a contract. He is not unemployed.

  5. pisano - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t know if this is good bad or ugly, I was hoping for more of an upgrade, but last time I brought up his strikeouts I was told by another poster that his ratio wasn’t all that bad, but just about every time I saw him he was striking out and what really got to me was he always smiled, hence: Andrew (smiling strikeout) Jones. He still plays the outfield fairly well so I’m sure that had a lot to do with the signing.

    • poprox13 - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      I still remember watching him play for the Dodgers and smiling every time he struck out, which was most of the time. Didnt want him anywhere near the RedSox.

      • genericcommenter - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:30 AM

        He was terrible with the Dodgers but has never been close to that bad at any other point in his career.

        During the last 2 years the Red Sox have given significant playing time to outfielders with ceilings lower than Andruw’s second worst season.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      but last time I brought up his strikeouts I was told by another poster that his ratio wasn’t all that bad

      It’s a trade off. He had the highest K% on the team (after filtering out guys like Dickerson), but the second highest BB% and third highest ISO (second if you remove Montero). He’s a three true outcomes player who destroys lefties and plays a decent LF still.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:26 AM

      There are no “upgrades” available. The most likely alternative is some below average AAAA guy. It’s hard to find quality players to fill reserve roles at low salaries. Even if he reaches all his incentives, he will earn less in 2012 than Arizona is paying 2 below replacement level utility infielders with multi-year contracts.

      Who cares if he smiles? This is an “over the hill” guy who can outplay almost every reasonable alternative. I know people think the Yankees can go sign everyone, but most players who can start and make more money somewhere else choose to do so.

  6. Matt - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    At the very least he’s always entertaining. And always entertained, he never stops smiling.

  7. theonlynolan - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Andruw Jones still deserve to, one day, be inducted into the hall of fame. Whether the writers will ultimately realize it 8 or 9 years from now is a completely different story.

    • Ben - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      At first I thought, pssh, that’s absurd. And then I looked at his WAR total. Dude’s got 71.7 fWAR. Now obviously a lot of that depends on how much you trust UZR, but that’s impressive.
      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/is-andruw-jones-a-hall-of-famer/

      He’s probably not by Bill James’ stats:
      Black Ink Batting – 10 (237), Average HOFer ≈ 27
      Gray Ink Batting – 47 (533), Average HOFer ≈ 144
      Hall of Fame Monitor Batting – 108 (140), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
      Hall of Fame Standards Batting – 33 (236), Average HOFer ≈ 50

      I’d be curious to see what JAWS makes of his career.

      • JBerardi - Dec 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

        He’s had a very weird career path. He was had a long stretch of being arguably the best defensive player in the game, he’s had some huge years including a 50 home run season… and then he was seemingly done by 30. And now he’s having a second career as a right handed platoon outfielder. Hell, he might make it to 500 home runs as a part-time player. He doesn’t feel like a HOFer but looking at the full scope of his career, it’s hard to argue that he’s not.

  8. theonlynolan - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Yeah, I’m with you Ben. JAWS would be interesting to look at. He peaked really early but he was consistently a 7 win player in his early to mid-twenties. As you mentioned a lot of that value comes from excellent UZR numbers but that seems to match the eye test. The man was a tremendous center fielder.

  9. lessick - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    “lefty-masher”
    Impressed by your bold use of the hyphen. I bet you thought someone would comment that Jones is a righty and not a lefty. The hyphen makes all the difference.

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