Hi everyone, Sam here. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the last part of the offseason. With Chad away this week, I’ll be jumping in when I can though the Jets have thrown a bit more on to my schedule than I – or anyone, really – expected this late in January. (Congrats to those here who are also Jets fans, by the way.)
Anyway, let’s start here: The flirting between the Yankees and Andruw Jones seems to be reaching a conclusion and, since we know it will be a low-cost deal, the real question is whether Jones is worth the gamble strictly from a production standpoint.
My initial take? Sure he is. Take a look at Jones’s splits and you see that clearly he’s becoming a one-sided player, but having a guy who has success against lefties is never a bad thing. To be honest, I’m a little surprised that Jones would want to come to the Yankees (over a team like, say, the Rays) simply because I don’t think there will be as many at-bats for him. If all goes as planned, Jorge Posada will be taking most of the DH days though Jones could find some ABs as the fourth outfielder if Curtis Granderson or Brett Gardner have trouble against lefties.
Do I think Jones will be an impact player (here or anywhere)? I don’t. But side pieces are side pieces and the Yankees could certainly do worse than a right-handed bat with power. In truth, the biggest reaction I had to Jones came when I looked at his defensive stats and realized that wow, he’s clearly not even close to an elite defender anymore.
Remember when he was the best center fielder in the game? Talk about making you feel old …