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Hot Stove Targeting: Andruw Jones

Positives

Andruw Jones filled the role the Yankees asked him to fill very nicely last year.  Jones was the power righty bat of the bench the Yankees needed, and he mashed left handed pitching all year. Jones’s splits against lefties were .286/.384/.540/.923. That .923 OPS is absolutely outstanding. Also, Jones finished the year with a solid 13 HRs of the bench for the Yankees. He did an adequate job in the outfield, nothing like his gold glove years in Atlanta, but he did not kill the Yankees out there. Marcus Thames was used in the same role Jones was two years ago and he was unplayable in the outfield. Jones did a good job of spelling Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner, while also getting some DH AB’s.

Negatives:

Jones was egregious against right handed pitching, as he was pretty much unusable against them. Jones’s splits against righties were .172/.303/.406./.709. However, for what it’s worth, he did have 5 of his 13 homeruns against righties. At the age of 34 health could be an issue for Jones. He did play last year with a knee injury, but it did not seem to affect him very much. He was slow on the base paths, but he was obviously slow to begin with.

Fit for the Yankees?

I would advocate that the Yankees resign Andruw Jones to fill the same role next year. Part of the reason is Brett Gardner did not show enough against lefties last year. Like Jones against righties, Gardner against lefties was also egregious. Gardner’s splits against lefties were .233/.344/.272/.616. He also had a grand total of 0 HR’s and 6 RBI’s against lefties. I know Gardner is no power guy, but 6 RBI’s on the year against lefties is brutal. A lineup consisting of Jones and Jesus Montero against lefties is scary for opposing pitchers. A lineup of Jeter, Granderson, Tex, A-Rod, Cano, Montero, Swisher, Jones, and Martin against lefties is awfully imposing. Until Gardner proves he can hit lefties better a player like Jones is a necessity. Gardner is a nice player for the Yankees and had a great postseason, but if his and Jones’ stats against lefties do not change he should not see a lot of action against them.

NYY vs. OAK – 7/22/11

Lineup:

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira DH
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada 1B
Nunez 3B
Cervelli C

Pitchers:

Phil Hughes (1-2, 8.44) vs. Trevor Cahill (8-8, 3.16)

Some rumor notes:

  • The Yanks have reportedly checked in on Joakim Soria, the Royals closer. Can’t imagine it being anything more than due dilligence, as it wouldn’t make sense to give up a top prospect (or two) for an extra closer.
  • This isn’t a very surprising piece, but Jon Heyman says the Yankees are looking for a starting pitcher, a left-handed relief pitcher, and a right-handed bat. Looks like the Marcus Thames signing is that right-handed bat.
  • According to Buster Olney, the Yankees have asked the Rays about James Shields’ availability, and the Rays said no. This is at least for the Rays’ division rivals: Boston and New York. Mike Axisa of RAB wrote a very detailed profile on James Shields and whether or not he’d be a fit.

Enjoy the game. And don’t forget, if you didn’t check out Ricky’s series preview podcast, here it is: Athletics-Yankees Podcast Preview

UPDATE:

  1. Joe Girardi said that it is “definitely possible” that Eric Chavez and Rafael Soriano return during this 10-game homestand.
  2. Lineup is posted.

Yanks Sign Marcus Thames

YANKS SIGN MARCUS THAMES

by Mike D.

The Yankees have agreed to sign right-handed outfielder Marcus Thames, says George King of the New York Post:

The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The former Yankee hit .197 (13-for-66) for Los Angeles in 36 games and was designated for assignment. A year ago in 82 games for the Yankees, Thames hit .288 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs.

Not sure exactly why they have signed him, or what role they expect of him, considering how much Marcus has struggled this year. They may be hoping being back in the NYY organization he will go back to last year’s offensive ways.