One of the things I mentioned in my first post this week was that I didn’t think Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera would end up playing the most important games in CF for the Yankees this season. At this point, I just have trouble believing there won’t be someone more recognizable out there at some point.
Now, Andruw Jones would certainly qualify as more recognizable (though, then again, with his weight gain, maybe not) but despite being one of the game’s best players not that many years ago, it seems clear that Jones isn’t much of an upgrade anymore.
According to SI’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees did offer Jones a minor-league deal to come in and compete with Gardner/Cabrera, but agent Scott Boras turned it down. We’ll see if that rejection stands as spring training gets closer.
For me, Jones looks like a bit of a lost cause. The guy just completely fell off the shelf, looks out of shape and couldn’t get it together for a manager who – say what you want about Joe Torre’s authorship – usually gets veterans to play close to their peak. Makes you think Jones’ peak has fallen for good.
A minor league deal is harmless if Jones is willing to take it, but I wouldn’t hold out much hope for him being any kind of find.