According to Jon Heyman on twitter Andruw Jones has agreed to a $2 million base with incentives. The incentives are worth about $1.4 million. The only thing keeping this from hitting the ink right now is a physical. Which Jones should pass. I’m a big fan of the signing. Jones isn’t the hitter he once was, but he provided some pop off the bench.
His isolated power (ISO) was .247 last year and he hit 13 home runs in 222 plate appearances. That’s good for a bench player and he gave the Yankees a 1.4 WAR. Add in a triple slash of .247/.356/.495, and a wOBA of of .371 and he had a good year for the Yankees. For the time he played of course.
The main reason the Yankees resigned Jones was his ability to hit left handed pitching. He batted .286 with 8 doubles, 8 home runs, and 25 RBI’s. Brett Gardner hit only .233 vs. lefties. That’s bad in my opinion, and when you can get better production from somewhere else you do that. Gardner has been one of the best outfielders for the past two years, but the Yankees can afford to play Jones in 77 games a year.
So far this has been the big move of the off-season. I find it very odd the Yankees haven’t done much. Possibly this is he eye of the storm and Cashman will pull out a ninja like deal. Or there’s no storm at all and we’re going into the season very similar to last year. Which didn’t end up all that bad.