Andruw Jones seems to be a natural fit for the Yankees bench, and the Yankees have publicly admitted that they’re interested in bringing him back, but a Jones return might not be as easy as originally thought.
Mark Feinsand reports this morning that the Yankees and Jones have made little progress on a new deal, and he has a source who indicates multiple teams are in the mix to sign Jones. Feinsand has reason to believe the Red Sox are one of those teams.
Like the Yankees, the Red Sox have a left-heavy outfield. In fact, the Red Sox projected starting outfield is entirely left-handed, leaving a natural fit for Jones as a platoon player off the bench.
For the Yankees, Jones would play a similar platoon role, the same one he played last season. The free agent market offers plenty of other right-handed outfielders, but replacing Jones might require taking a risk on a less-proven player or convincing an established player to take a diminished contract and diminished role.
The Yankees currently have lefty Chris Dickerson and righty Justin Maxwell to compete for outfield bench jobs.