Andruw’s Back: Yanks & Jones reach agreement

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We can cross one item off the Yankees’ to-do list. Jon Heyman is reporting that Andruw Jones has agreed to wear pinstripes for another year and will earn a $2M base salary plus another $1.4M in possible incentives on a one-year contract. The deal is still pending a physical, which probably won’t happen until after the New Year.

The reasons to re-sign Jones were obvious: he mashes lefties (.400 wOBA vs. LHP in 2011, .401 from 2010-2011), plays solid enough defense in the corner spots, and reportedly is a great clubhouse guy. He accepted the role of being a platoon/bench bat last year and thrived, especially in the second half. As a reward, he saw his first playoff action since 2005. Jones had minor surgery after the season to clean up a slight tear in his left knee, but it’s nothing serious.

We heard the two sides weren’t making progress on a new deal as recently as two days ago, so it goes to show how quickly this stuff can come together. Surprisingly, Jones didn’t even get a raise; he had a $2M base salary with $1.2M in incentives last year. He must really like New York. The Yankees have a full 40-man roster, so they’re going to have to cut someone once the signing becomes official. I’m guessing it’ll be Kevin Whelan, but don’t hold me to that.

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  • Karl Krawfid

    Welcome back Jones :)

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cash$ ftw.

    glad they locked him up, I was kind of worried the Sox might make a run at him.

    • BronxBomber98

      Agreed, I was envisioning a Sox platoon in rf. Great dugong for the bench

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      So was I, this was a double win for the Yanks

  • CJ

    No brainer, I’m glad he didn’t get more $ and years. This is good value. Whatever more in incentives, he earned it.

    • Plank

      Why would you be glad someone didn’t make more money?

      • radnom

        Because it would potentially limit the team’s spending moving forward? Its nothing personal against Jones.

      • CJ

        Didnt want to see a nice season for a 4th OF parlayed into 2/6 or more. Didn’t have to pay a premium, solid fair value.

      • Brian S.


  • Need Pitching

    very fair deal for the Yankees. I would have thought he could get a bigger guarantee (in $ and playing time) elsewhere

    • Bavarian Yankee

      yeah, I thought so too. Good deal for the Yanks.

    • Steve (different one)

      Me too. Seems like he wants a ring more than $$ or more PT. nice deal

  • Mike HC

    Good news.

  • BronxBomber98

    Agreed, I was envisioning a Sox platoon in rf. Great signing for the bench

  • Dave203

    Great sign for the Yanks – perfect 4th OF. Moreover, this keeps Boston’s search for a real RF ongoing…

  • wow


    Seriously, glad he’s back.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Welcome Back, Andruw….so the Yanks 4th OF is better than the Sox starting RF.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ok, there goes #18 for Montero. 12 is still alive. 63 has got to go.

    • Dave203

      Heck with that, I love the high numbers. Keeps people’s expectations in check.

    • ChooChoo

      Nothing like getting sidetracked with petty concerns like uniform numbers. Maybe Jones will also use up all of Montero’s hot water in the shower and maybe even ruin his after game meal by getting in front of Jesus in the buffet line.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Give him #6 or #21

      • ChooChoo

        Give him #11 and give that guy the gate

        • JU

          Spoken like a true “Yankee Fan”

    • RetroRob

      The player’s ability defines the number. Take #99 and make a statement!

    • Brian S.

      Give him 69 or 420.

    • Sal

      Montero is going to wear #21. I’d rather he wear #35.or #27 Fisk or #31 Piaza

    • Chop It Up

      Absolutely not…I just received a Montero #63 shirtsey for Christmas. I already have a useless #6 Landry Fields shirt, can’t let the same happen with Montero. Keep 63 Jesus!

    • FachoinaNYY

      I got a bat and ball signed by Montero in person and he signed it with his number… Maybe he likes it and wants to stick with it?

  • jon

    everyones happy till he strikes out and smiles whiles walking back to the dugout

    • Brian S.

      Yeah he should slam his bat into the ground and beat up a watercooler instead.

      • SevenAces

        Or snap his bat in half and then roll around HP in pain…

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

    Smart move. Welcome back, Mistah Jones.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Awesome news.

  • Monteroisdinero

    A $2M hotdog at the stadium. Makes parking and tix look cheap.

  • chcmh

    Guy was steady and bright. Glad to have him for another run.

    • Plank

      I agree with you on the steady thing, 108 STEADY+, need I say more?

      A BRIGHT+ of 79 doesn’t really scream “Gamer” to me, however.

  • nycsportzfan

    No big deal U can find guys that do what he did everywhere When Andruw Jones and Freddy Garcia are ur 2big moves in a offseason its not a good thing

    • Need Pitching

      “can find guys that do what he did everywhere”
      only 22 MLB players out wOBA’d Andrew against LHP, so not they are not everywhere

      “When Andruw Jones and Freddy Garcia are ur 2big moves in a offseason its not a good thing”

      CC says hi

      • Brian S.

        So does Nakajima!

        • Jesse

          And Okajima!

          • Need Pitching

            any *jima will do, apparently

    • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher


    • Munsonjeter

      i guess resigning CC is just a small matter to you.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…


  • RetroRob

    Good news and good price.

    I think they should platoon him with Gardy. I like Gardy, but it’s not as if he a great player against lefties. I like both players, but think the Yankees are stronger with both of them getting regular playing time.

  • Gonzo

    This is what Levine was talking about.

    • Plank

      Levine wanted to throw in monthly player options.

      • MannyB ace2be

        I laughed

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I’m not going to complain, I like Jones and think he’s a solid 4th OF that we signed at a reasonable price. However I do think our needs are a bit different this season. We have an everyday DH who can mash lefties (Montero) and none of our OF’s need to be platooned. Jones opportunities should be very limited.

    • Dropped Third

      Agreed but the depth can’t hurt. This maybe the Yankees year of fluke injuries as well. (Knocks on wood)

    • RetroRob

      We think Montero can mash lefties. He wouldn’t be the first prospect to not fulfill expecations his first year out of the game. Not expecting it, but possible.

      Since I do expect Montero to play quite a bit at DH, and the team will need non-Montero DH ABs to “rest” buys like A-Rod and Jeter, then it makes sense to give Jones some more starts in LF when there’s a lefty on the mound. He still rates positive in the field, although not in Gardner’s range, but he will also provide more power than Gardner.


  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Big whoop…Cherington would’ve structured the deal so Jones would pay the Sox $2MM for the honor of playing for that team.

  • Dan 2

    We made the playoffs due to skill, a career year by Granderson, and a sawx collapse. We were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
    Just how is this 2012 roster any better than 2011, except for Montero replacing Jorge? This is a team lacking in youth and energy. Hope should never be your strategy.

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      The 2009 championship team was older than the 2011 team, but yeah, keep making stuff up.

    • Plank

      They aren’t better, but they won the division by 6 games. They can be worse than last year and still win the division. Have the Sox or Rays made any moves that make you think they will be better than they were last year?

      Maybe Matt Moore pitching a full year. Did they Rays lose anyone to FA? The Red Sox are a bit of a wild card with their pitching shuffle, but I would imagine they are similar in skill to last year. Have they re-signed Ortiz yet?

      • Fernando

        Plank – Ortiz accepted arbitration so technically he is signed for next year.

    • Need Pitching

      the sawx collapse got the Rays into the playoffs, the Yankees were making the playoffs regardless

    • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

      You’re right. They should build a team that finishes in extra-special-first place next season rather than just first place.

      • Dan 2

        Not necessarily but it might be fun to advance in the playoffs. God forbid, maybe win the World Series.

        • IVoted4Kodos

          And the team they put on the field last year was good enough to do both those things. By returning what is pretty much the same team, they are once again fielding a team that is capable of winning the World Series.

          A short series is a crapshoot. All it takes is one or two hot/cold streaks to swing a series.

          • Billion$Bullpen

            Well by that definition anybody could have won the WS. I think Dan 2 is a tad rash, but it would be nice to get some pitching help. Could the 2011 Yankees have won the WS? Yes, did they no. Did anybody with reasonable expectations expect them to do well in the playoffs last year? No.

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees made the playoffs because they won 97 games, and their Pythag shows they underplayed by four games, with a suggested win of 101. Even if the Sox didn’t collapse, it was unlikely they were going to win more than the Yankees 97 games. The Yankees were making the playoffs no matter what Boston did.

    • Rainbow Connection

      “Hope should never be your strategy.”

      Obama says hi…nevermind…that’s a TERRIBLE example.

    • hogsmog

      I mean maybe like the 4-5 AAA starters vying for the last rotation spot will be youthful enough for you?

  • Need Pitching

    while I agree Gardner doesn’t absolutely need to be platooned, Jones is a clearly better option against LHP
    2011 vs. LHP
    Gardner 616 OPS/.290wOBA/75 wRC+
    Jones .923/.400/151

    • Need Pitching

      reply fail

    • Mike Axisa

      Platoon Gardner, especially against a really good AL East lefties (Romero, Lester, Price, Moore). Then just use him for defense in the late innings.

      • Need Pitching

        absolutely, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to give Grandy the occasional off day against a tough lefty either

      • forensic

        Gardner owns Romero actually. And despite some improvement last year, I still have a fear of letting granderson face lefties. I need more than one year to convince me, though gardners struggling a bit against them too doesn’t help things.

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      good point, i’m sure we’ll find playing time for him, and i’m sure he’ll earn his salary, but I just don’t want to see him costing Montero at bats. Gardner I wouldn’t mind

      • Need Pitching

        agree 100%

  • CJ

    I hope Boaras and Cashman discussed Prince while banging out this deal

    • Rich in NJ

      The aging rock star? They have as much need for him as Fielder.

      • Dropped Third

        I laughed and agreed

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      1) How will signing Prince help the Yankees get to $189M in 2014,
      2) Where would he play?, and
      3) Are you seriously looking forward to the Yankees paying Prince $20M+ in his age 36 season?

      • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

        Don’t you know? Prince is ELITE and the Yankees must field an ELITE (GODDAMNIT HOW DO I MAKE THIS ELITE FONT BIGGER?!) player at EVERY position or the season is for naught.

      • CJ

        $189 2014 is a single Joel Sherman article only!
        DH 8/185

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Oh, I see. You’re looking forward to paying Prince $23M (well actually $34M, since the luxury tax is going to 50%) in his age 35 season.


          No thanks.

        • Need Pitching

          what makes you think that a team that won’t spend money to add a needed SP upgrade will expand their payroll past 220M+ to fill a need that doesn’t exist?

    • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

      “Scott, I thought ‘The Gold Experience’ was his most underrated album.”

      “Brian, you know I’m partial to the ‘symbol’ album, but four years for Edwin Jackson could sway my preference.”

      • Rainbow Connection

        ‘Sleep Around’ is a real funky gem on Emancipation.

      • Rainbow Connection

        I’d much rather Cashman discuss Prince in detail with Randy Levine…in a room covered in plastic, while Cashman gets his chainsaw ready.


  • viridiana

    Justin Maxwell: 83 K’s in 219 ABs. I’m cutting him or one of the Rule 5 guys (not Cabral) before I cut Whelan, who has showed marked improvement and dominated last year in AAA. At this point, Maxwell’s K’s are a much bigger red flag than Whelan’s BBs.

    • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

      At the end of the day, what could Whelan be, other than perhaps a serviceable middle reliever? Maxwell or Whelan shouldn’t be something to worry too much about. It’s very likely that they are what they are at this point.

      • viridiana

        More likely Whelan sticks. Not5 many guys who strike out more tha once in 3 ABs in AAA are major leaguers.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Was totally Jonesin’ for news like this. Glad it’s out before the New Year.

  • dkidd

    yankees finally get a discount

    welcome back, perma-smile

    • JMK

      I quickly read that as “Puma style,” had a flashback to Berkman’s punchless days as a Yankee, and then a worse flashback to his freak season in St. Louis.

  • Anthony

    Jones back yes baby now Nakajima your turn to come

  • DZ

    Good to have him back. Still think about when he walked off on the Sawx and paplebon.

  • Matt DiBari


  • rossdfarian

    I agree, dump Whelan … That’s the big move of the off season. He’s just a waste of a 40-man spot.

  • DM

    I thought Jones made 1.5m plus incentives last year. Anyway, I’d trade Montero while his value is high again. He’s not going to be a number 1 catcher — and he can’t DH going forward with all the other aging players taking those ABs. He’s more valuable to some other team. Time for Cashman to get creative with a 3-way deal or something. If Martin is your catcher, Montero doesn’t fit.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Dude, the owns a 308/366/501 line for his minor league career. Those kind of hitters don’t grow on trees.

      And to boot, he will only earn the MLB minimum for the next 3 years.

      Yeah, if he could fetch Kershaw I would trade him. Short of that, I don’t think so.

      • DM

        Where does he play? DH? When A-Rod’s hip, knee or whatever starts barking — then what? You have a 1st baseman who’s not going anywhere. You have catcher that everyone loves. And it is possible that he won’t be Miguel Cabrera as a hitter — despite what most assume on this board. I don’t know who’s really available via trade, but a position-less hitter shouldn’t been deemed untouchable by a team that is always stacked with offense.

        • Need Pitching

          nobody has said he is untouchable. I’m sure they would gladly trade him for a young ace.

        • Ted Nelson

          That Montero has a very good chance of being a very good hitter is not something that was made up on his board…

          In suggesting someone be traded, who they are traded for in a critical part of the conversation.

          If Montero hits, his position doesn’t matter. They’ll find the PAs for him. What aging players do the Yankees have? Two. Jeter is unlikely to DH. So… you’re down to one aging player. A-Rod was strong defensively last season. I also don’t know if not playing in the field is going to keep him healthier.

          • DM

            His position does matter when you have prominent players in those positions already. As for aging players, how many do you need to take away DH ABs? Girardi already likes rotating most regulars into that slot today. Do you think that will increase or decrease as they get older? Girardi already wants to add Cano to the “give him a half-day off” DH list to keep him fresh. A-Rod is a right-handed hitter (like Montero) with a hip and knee problem. He’ll be next in line to take the bulk of the DH abs. He can’t move to any other position (like 1st with Tex there) — and he has 6 yrs left at big money.
            And watch old video of Mike Lowell (who had the same hip problem) and see if playing 3rd will be an issue going forward. Anyone who thinks giving a 36+ yr old player with lower half issues days off from the field doesn’t matter must disagree with the current manager and trainer’s assessment of keeping a player healthy. And Jeter DH’d 10 times last year — twice as many times as any previous year — despite missing 30 games of the season to injury. Both will start at DH more and more.

  • Bubba

    Happy Jones is back but does this close the door on Yoenis C.

    • Rainbow Connection

      No (3X)

    • Rainbow Connection

      Seriously, though…I always thought Cespedes would be developed in AAA for (at least) a while, then bring him up late in 2012 or in 2013.

  • Bubba

    Happy Jones is back but does this close the door on Yoenis Cesepedes

  • Bubba

    Happy Jones is back but does this close the door on Ys Cesepedes

  • Bubba

    Sorry for the triple post. Fargin iPhone

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    With Andruw Jones, you get Andruw’s mom. And that’s why this is a win for us.

  • AC

    I can’t see anyone giving Prince long term deal besides Cubs. If he doesn’t get 1 take a 5 ye deal at 25 per then come back on FA market still in prime years.

  • AC

    I can’t see anyone giving Prince long term deal besides Cubs. If he doesn’t get 1 take a 5 yr deal at 25 per then come back on FA market still in prime years.

  • AC

    I can’t see anyone giving Prince long term deal besides Cubs. If he doesn’t get one take a 5 year deal at 25 per then come back on FA market still in prime years.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    Talking about a bench players. The 1996 World Champion Yankees had one of the best ever. These guys, if one was playing, the other was on the bench: Duncan/Sojo, Strawberry/Raines, Posada/Leyritz, Martinez/Fielder, Boggs/Hayes. We will never be able to get a bench like that what with the prices as they are and the budget.