Yankees have “started talks” with Andruw Jones

Open Thread: Fonsy's birthday
Food For Thought: Bernie Williams

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.

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Open Thread: Fonsy's birthday
Food For Thought: Bernie Williams
  • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

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

    • Jeff

      Jones is abetter option than Thames defensively, can produce at plate if he remains disciplined.

  • Esteban

    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

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

      • Doug

        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

          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

            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.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        He’s not quite 40 yet though.

    • twac00

      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.

  • dan l

    Puke!

  • Slappy White

    How old is Andruw now ?

    • bonestock94

      34 in April, not that old.

  • Xstar7

    Andruw Jones is much better than Marcus Thames.

    • MikeRo

      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.

  • Jess

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

    • Slappy White

      Gammons and Pedroia

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      But, the Yankees also do have a history of signing Boras clients, so they are not all BS.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Eh, why not.

  • Teh Comp Pick

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

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      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.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    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?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

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

      • Doug

        carlos baerga

      • Jess

        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

          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

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

          • Max

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

      • David Lee Roth

        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.

        • http://oldranger7.blogspot.com ken (O.R.)

          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

            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.

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_mandaura Steve H

      Strawberry, though clearly that stemmed from off field activities.

      • Ed

        Strawberry’s decline was because he hurt his back. He wasn’t the same after the surgery.

    • Mister Delaware

      Lyman Bostock didn’t even wait until 30.

      • Evan3457

        Oh, now that’s just mean.
        And it went right past a lot of folks into outer space, anyway.

      • Kevin Ocala, Fl

        Dude, only someone despicable would write something like that.

    • MikeRo

      Jim Rice.

  • Doc

    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.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Play equal to what they make? ARod to hit 80 HR’s?

      • Mike HC

        hahaha

    • Jimmy

      Unfortunately that’s not a strategy, but it looks like all we have for now.

    • steve (different one)

      Jones would be a FOURTH OFer. When you remember that, nothing you said makes any sense. Just because the rotation is in bad shape doesn’t mean you have to react like this to a perfectly sensible move.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Considering the lack of moves the Yankees have made, I think they are very decidedly NOT desperate.

    • theyankeewarrior

      What’s the downside of signing Jones right now?

    • Sean C

      WE’RE DOOOOOOOMED!!

  • http://oldranger7.blogspot.com ken (O.R.)

    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.

  • whitey

    Pass!

    • theyankeewarrior

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

      • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

        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.

  • Roberto Pollo

    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

  • Hawaii Dave

    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?