Jan
07

Yankees have “started talks” with Andruw Jones

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Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees have “started talks” with Andruw Jones, but nothing is close right now. The standard Heyman-Boras client warning applies. We first heard of the team’s interest in Jones a few days ago, and he makes sense for the Marcus Thames role of a righty hitting outfielder/designated hitter. He’s also some halfway decent insurance in case Brett Gardner‘s wrist injury persists into the new season, since he can, you know, actually play the field on an everyday basis.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

50 Comments»

  1. Steve H says:

    Get him working with Long, see if he can avoid the drastic falloff he’s had the past few years.

  2. Esteban says:

    Could Andruw Jones play every day? Maybe in an emergency situation but I doubt he could handle more than a month or so of playing everyday.

    • bonestock94 says:

      He played 107 games last year. He’s 34. He’s a man.

      • Doug says:

        but he only started 66 games in the field. i think it’s a valid concern if you’re really thinking he could be full-time player in case of injury.

        • bonestock94 says:

          I don’t think thats unreasonable for a 4th outfielder. The guy is there for his bat at this point, but can definitely do better than Thames should a major injury occur…like grandy last year.

          • Doug says:

            oh, i agree. as a 4th outfielder, bring him aboard. can still play the corner OF spots pretty well and can fill in in CF in a pinch.

            but if one of the starters goes down for an extend period of time (say 2 months), not sure jones would be able to hold up.

      • He’s not quite 40 yet though.

    • twac00 says:

      He doesn’t need to play everyday. Posada will DH most of the time and when he’s not either Jeter, A-Rod, Tex, or Montero will DH. He’ll also play the OF against lefties giving those guys days off.

  3. Slappy White says:

    How old is Andruw now ?

  4. Xstar7 says:

    Andruw Jones is much better than Marcus Thames.

    • MikeRo says:

      He is still a better overall player, but not sure he’s better as a righty bat off the bench to face lefties. Yet I understand the Yankees do need someone who can actually play the field, something that Thames is just not good at.

  5. Jess says:

    You guys should have learned by now. HEYMAN/BORAS! They are like Starsky and Hutch, Bogart and Bacall, and Bert and Ernie.

  6. Teh Comp Pick says:

    Heyman is reporting deal will be paid in 50% cash, and 50% in NYY Steak coupons

    • Steve H says:

      They could pay Brad Penny in 100% McDonalds coupons. That’s not just a fat joke, but apparently he eats McDonald’s every single day, and was always bringing it into the Sox clubhouse.

  7. Jerome S. says:

    Scary, the guy was pretty great until he turned 30. How many players are just go from good to bad in the blink of an eye?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      You’d be surprised. Bernie Williams did. Robert Alomar…

      • Doug says:

        carlos baerga

      • Jess says:

        Alomar is the strangest case ever. He had his best years after 30, at ages 31-33. The he signed with the Mets at 34 and completely fell off a cliff. He went from a 150 OPS+ to a 89 in one year. It defies all explanation. The only thing you can say is METS!

        • MikeRo says:

          Yet is his case any stranger than Bernie Williams? Bernie went from a consistent .300 hitter, and hitting .333 one year in 2002 to .263 the next in 2003. And I hate to bring this up, but Jeter was a .317 career hitting at the end of 2009, a season in which he hit .334, and then he hit .270. He may rebound, but a rapid drop is not uncommon. What’s hard to figure out is which players will collapse, and which players will rebound. Let’s hope Jeter’s in the rebound camp and not the latest Roberto Alomar or Bernie Williams or Jim Rice or…

          • Jeff in LA says:

            And those players actually cared and worked hard. Jones is a fat lazy bastard who doesn’t give a crap.

          • Max says:

            Bernie was brought down by appendicitis and surgery that weakened him that year. Maybe at his age he couldn’t recover.

      • David Lee Roth says:

        Theoretically, wouldn’t it make sense that this could happen to Mo also, given his age? Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to have a guy like, oh, I don’t know, Rafael Soriano, who could easily slode into the closer’s slot? Trust me Mike, the Yankees are making a big mistake letting him go.

        • ken (O.R.) says:

          Mo has shown signs of age already but, is still one of the best.
          His cutter has less bite and is slower then it was in the past. 2010 he didn’t break many bats and the SO’s were down.
          This by no means says he is done, he just has to be used much differently then in bygone years…no more 2 innings and/or back to back to back days.
          One pulled hammy etc., and the Yanks could be history for this year. Unless, Joba can put it all together!
          Joba is the type of pitcher this new coach likes, we may see a new/old Joba this year along with AJ.

          • hogsmog says:

            How are the Yanks ‘history’ if Mo falls? This is insane. We would probably lose a few nailbiters, but ‘be history’? By extension, I suppose every other team who has to use a closer worse than Mo has no chance… oh wait.

    • Steve H says:

      Strawberry, though clearly that stemmed from off field activities.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Lyman Bostock didn’t even wait until 30.

    • MikeRo says:

      Jim Rice.

  8. Doc says:

    No Thanks. Please, how desperate are we? For the first time in a long time, a wasted off-season. No pickups. Wait until the trade deadline and see what’s available then. Another grasp at an older player with low stats. Red Sox had the edge now. The Yankees need to perform to what their salaries are and we’ll be ok. Step up and play equal to what they make.

  9. ken (O.R.) says:

    A J is a player that got by with his God given talent and didn’t need to work hard to be good…a lot like Mickey. Now he is older, he needs to work at it to be effective…and as a Yankee, he would or be given the door.

    • theyankeewarrior says:

      Pass, because you have a better option for that spot?

      • Mr. Sparkle says:

        I’d personally take Greg Golson over Jones. Less offense, but much better defense at this point. Hey…it’s the Yankees who want to work on the cheap this offseason, but they’ll open the checkbook for Jones? I’d rather this one place they choose to save some money.

  10. Roberto Pollo says:

    My thoughts are that major drops in batting avg, like Andru Jones experienced, can be PED related (Big Papi, Giambi).

    Jones drop for 40HR, consistant .260 AVG coincides with stricter testing

  11. Hawaii Dave says:

    I can live with Jones for Thames switchout. I hope they don’t waste a bunch of money on him. Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for Marcus for giving my my best birthday present in years last season. Look at the date 5-17 and tell me why?

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