Andruw Jones and the Yankees have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $2 million, plus $1.2 million in incentives. Jones has been connected to the Yankees for quite some time now, so it was just a matter of time before it was announced. The deal is very reasonable for what Jones can provide the Yankees.â†µ
Jones hit .256/.373/.558 with eight home runs in 102 plate appearances against lefties in 2010. He had a .402 wOBA, 151 wRC+ and .302 ISO against LHP, so he is well worth a couple million to spell Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson from time to time. His defense is nowhere near what it once was due to conditioning and age, but it won't cost the Yankees games in the short number of innings he will be out there.
As long as the Yankees restrict him to facing just lefties, Jones will be valuable off the bench. Perhaps the main reason the Braves didn't consider him more than they did was his defense isn't what it was, and the Braves need a solid defensive outfielder off the bench.â†µ
Jon Bois at SB Nation provides another "Andruw to the Hall of Fame" argument. He goes into the argument of whether he has a chance instead of whether he deserves it, which as we all know are two completely different things. Jones probably doesn't have a shot at the Hall of Fame, but, in my opinion, he deserves that shot.â†µ
Pinstripe Alley recaps the trade.