Feb
05

Andruw Jones rejects Yanks overtures

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Apparently, Andruw Jones thinks some team is going to give him a major league contract. He’s been courted by a number of teams, including the Braves, the Phillies, the Rangers, and yes, the Yankees. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered the struggling center fielder a non-roster invite to Spring Training, but were rejected. Jones will probably wait out the market until he can get a Major League deal. Speculation points to Texas right now. Jones would obviously be worth a look if there’s no guarantee involved, but I don’t think it’s worth it to DFA another player for him.

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  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    I’ll probably get killed for saying this, (rightly so maybe), but I think the chance of Andruw Jones coming back is worth DFA’ing Steven Jackson. But then agin if you going to DFA someone, you might as well sign Manny.

    • Steve O. says:

      “I’ll probably get killed for saying this, (rightly so maybe), but I think the chance of Andruw Jones coming back is worth DFA’ing Steven Jackson. But then agin if you going to DFA someone, you might as well sign Manny.”

      Ridiculous. Especially the last sentence.

  2. Manimal says:

    He wishes he could wear Pinstripes. I can’t even see the benefit the yankees could get from signing him.

  3. Andy says:

    Guys – what do you think about giving Russ Adams, just DFA, a shot at the utility role?

    • K.B.D. says:

      Why not just stick with Cody Ransom? Russ Adams isn’t that much of an upgrade, if at all.

      • Andy says:

        But on a minor league deal, why not take a shot? Former #1 pick, played SS, 2B, and 3B in the majors, is only 28 years old (5 years younger than Ransom). His stats at AAA last year were similar to Ransom’s, higher AVE and OBP, lower SLG. While he still may have some upsdie going into his prime, Ransom is on the other end…

    • Mike A. says:

      I just said that to Joe early, I’d definitely bring Adams in on a MiL deal with a NRI.

  4. jsbrendog says:

    eh, does anyone really think he is going to make a comeback worthy of a starting ml cf gig?

  5. Eric says:

    He’s still young at 31, and only a few seasons off of an .894 OPS 41 homer season in 2006. I think there’s a reasonable chance that he could wind up being better than either Gardner or Melky, but I understand not wanting to put the kind of dollars he is looking for on that chance.

  6. K.B.D. says:

    No harm in a minor league deal, just one more guy to push for CF. It’d definitely increase the competition, which, in my mind, is a good thing.

  7. Scott of 3 Kids Tickets says:

    Not worth the $$ or the roster spot. Non-guaranteed only. Gardner is going to surprise people this year. I met him at the Derek Jeter clinic/camp, and he is super-confident he belongs on this team and will outwork/outhustle whomever he has to. He wasn’t cocky though. I really liked his confidence and think if he can hit 250ish, show plate patience/work counts, and mess with pitchers heads on the bases, we have a winner!

    -Scott

  8. Glen L says:

    Gardner’s success at the plate is going to come down to whether he can hit an inside fastball .. if his K rates don’t improve somewhat, its going to be awfully hard for him to keep up his high OBP .. major league pitchers will pitch him hard and inside to death

    • Steve H says:

      His K rates help his OBP (in a roundabout way). He K’s and walks alot because he sees a ton of pitches. Most high OBP guys also strike out alot. Thome/Dunn, etc. If Gardner had high K rates and never walked I’d be extremely concerned. And if he starts swinging earlier in the count to avoid K’s (ala Abreu) then he loses value.

      • Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

        Exactly, and its a simple adjustment to either open his stance a bit or back off the plate some if they pound him inside. Then when they start going back outside, you adjust again accordingly. Baseball is all about making constant adjustments.

        I’m not concerned about his BA, contact rates or anything else. I don’t care how he gets there, just give me a .333/.350 OBP, score some runs and play a great CF. That’s all I want from Gardner.

      • whozat says:

        “Most high OBP guys also strike out alot. Thome/Dunn, etc.”

        They also have power, which leads to pitchers not just pounding the zone when they face them.

        My concern is that Gardner’s essentially just been waiting out pitchers with shitty control in the minors. That won’t work in the bigs. To be the kind of player he needs to be, he needs to be able to foul off tough pitches and really WORK walks, not just wait for them to happen.

        • Old Ranger says:

          Your 1st line is right on…they have power!
          Your concern is well grounded also, the problem is; 1) Long and Johnny were working with him last year on how to foul off pitches, 2) Long was working on his lower half (hips and legs) when he swings the bat. Those are two items that showed up last fall, the 2nd time around he was hitting the ball into the gaps harder and even hit the wall once (Line drive).
          All that aside, I am hoping he makes it this year, we could use someone with his talents…if he can hit well enough.

  9. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    Personally, I’m glad he turned them down. It would be very tough for Girardi to head north with Melky/Gardner when you have someone like Jones in camp, no matter what any of them do in ST. Also, if Gardner was to have an 0 for 15 stretch calls would be coming from the fans and some brass to have Andruw replace him. And after what Jones did last year(s) there’s no reason to believe he will be a better option. So you will just waste precious games and development time for Gardner figuring all of this out.

    It’s Ritchie Sexson part 2, I pass.

  10. Dave says:

    Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve says:
    February 5th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Exactly, and its a simple adjustment to either open his stance a bit or back off the plate some if they pound him inside. Then when they start going back outside, you adjust again accordingly. Baseball is all about making constant adjustments.

    Doesn’t really work like that. If baseball were that simple no one would be getting paid to play it. Hitters with open stances generally have quick hands and trouble with outside pitches opposed to the inner half of the plate. When they swing they step towards the plate, not away. Stepping away would zap their power and coverage on half the plate. Very few professional hitters have ever been sucessful with such an approach. They’re called “dead pull” hitters and are very easy to pitch to. They also exclusively hit for power. Not exactly the model you want for a speedy obp guy.

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