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John Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports the Yankees have reached an agreement with Andruw Jones:

The Yankees have reached an agreement with veteran outfielder Andruw Jones on a one-year deal worth $2 million plus $1.2 million in performance bonuses.

Jones, 33, is a veteran of 15 seasons in which he has made five All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Glove awards. Jones spent the first 12 years of his career with the Braves and has since spent one year each with the Dodgers, Rangers and White Sox. He batted .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs for Chicago in 2010.

The Yankees interest in Jones has been reported for the past several weeks, so the deal isn’t a shocker. The current plan seems to use him as a right-handed power bat off the bench, largely filling Marcus Thames‘ role from last year. Jones is a definite improvement over Thames in the field – heck, my grandmother would probably be an improvement. While he doesn’t have Gold Glove type range any longer, he has played to a positive UZR (defensive rating) the past few seasons. With the stick, Jones’ career .863 OPS (on-base + slugging percentage) compares favorably to Thames’.838 mark against left-handed pitching. Last year, Jones’ OPS against lefties was an astounding .931, 125 points higher than Thames’ .806. He had a terrible May and June, hitting only .168, but was a solid contributor every other month of the season – including producing a .385/.515/.615 slash line down the stretch. Of course, as Yankee fans we all remember Jones as a 19 year old center fielder with the Braves in 1996, when he .400 with a pair of bombs in the Fall Classic.

This isn’t the kind of move that will win you a pennant, but it is a solid move that strengthens the Yanks bench. So, welcome to the Bronx, Mr. Jones!

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     I have to admit..I wanted Ben Sheets for the 5th spot when it was a possibility. I wanted Pettitte more, but I wasn’t against the idea of Sheets on the team. Now we hear that Ben Sheets is going to undergo elbow surgery and he will miss most of the 2009 season. The surgery will be done to help fix a partially torn flexor tendon. Not Tommy John Surgery. The surgery is to be performed by famous sports doctor, Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

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 Report: Jones turned down Yanks’ minor-league offer / Benedict Jeter

Yankees should leave Jeter at short / “The Yankee Years” Lost Forward

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     According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees made an offer for a non-roster spot to Andruw Jones, but they were turned down. This is interesting. I had no idea that they made an offer. We all heard rumors about this, but nobody ever reported that an offer was made. I guess Cashman wants a backup plan just in case Melky of Gardy don’t work out. Maybe a new offer will be made, or he might just go after another center fielder. Don’t expect any major moves though, because that won’t happen.

 Texas, Philly, Atlanta and both New York teams are among teams thought to have some interest in Andruw Jones, who went from superstar to clueless hitter in two short years. The Yankees offered a non-roster spot and were turned down. Texas looks like a better fit. Jones probably needs a top hitting coach to get his swing back to where it was in 2006. Kevin Long would have worked in New York, and so would Rudy Jaramillo in Texas.

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Updated Yankees 2009 payroll information / “We’ve won the winter …”

Yankees Baseball To Preempt WWE Smackdown Three Times This Season

Torre Tries to Spin ‘A-Fraud’ Controversy / Disappointed in Torre

USA Baseball building ‘Redeem Team’ for WBC / Deal Good for Both Teams

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     Brian Cashman has done his job for the most part, but some things need to be settled. He brought in the top FA players, but they need to decide on a CF & a #5 starter. Here is a review…

The Good: Cashman signs top FA players. CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, & Mark Teixeira.

  • Brian Cashman did a brilliant job of bringing in CC, AJ, & Tex. He got two of the best FA pitchers on the market, and brought in a big bat to complete the lineup. The Yankees finally have an “ACE” and have arguably the best rotation in all of baseball. Teixeira provides higher average and gold glove defense at 1st base. That is something Giambi couldn’t supply. These moves make the Yankees early favorites to win the World Series. You can’t really ask for anything else.

The Bad: CF Solution Solution. Melky Cabrera & Brett Gardner?

  • Are they going into Spring Training with these two guys or not? They need to decide soon as players will be reporting to ST in the coming weeks. Fans are outraged that we have two young guys competing for the spot, and it will be interesting to see if they make a move or not. Are Andruw Jones, Lastings Milledge, David DeJesus, Ken Griffey Jr, & Mike Cameron possibilities?

And The Ugly: #5 Starter. Pettitte’s future uncertain.

  • Still a true Yankee? I would like to think so. Many believe that if he doesn’t come back..that it tarnishes his legacy as a Yankee. I actually want him to return, but he has refused the Yankees $10M offer and there haven’t been any negotiations going on lately. They need some depth in the rotation, so if he doesn’t come back then they might have to go after some other pitcher. I would go with Phil Hughes in the #5 spot, but as everyone knows..you can never have too much pitching. Cashman needs to step up to the plate and ask Pettitte if he is going to return or not, because this is dragging out to long and the news has become annoying. Get it done already… 

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