The Yankees can’t offer Andruw Jones an everyday job, and they wouldn’t want to. Their regular outfield is full, Jones’ left-right splits are significant, and the Yankees are strictly looking for a reserve outfielder who can hit lefties. They liked what Jones did last year, and Brian Cashman has made it clear that the Yankees would be interested in bringing him back.
Question is, do they need to make that happen sooner rather than later?
Jones is reportedly a fallback option for the Rockies should they miss out on better everyday options in right field. Jones’ overall slash line last season was pretty good — .247/.356/.495 — and although his batting average against right-handers was terrible, he hit for some power against them.
In a thin outfield free agent market, is it possible Jones would be able to find more playing time outside of the Bronx? If so, it adds pressure for the Yankees to make a move.
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