The Yankees may have some company in trying to secure Andruw Jones for their bench. The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the Red Sox are believed to have joined New York in pursuit of the 34-year-old outfielder, and that there are multiple teams with interest.
Jones provided right-handed power for the Yankees last year, slugging 13 homers in limited playing time, with most of his 48 starts coming against left-handed hurlers. The Daily News noted that while J.D. Drew’s contract has expired in Boston, neither Ryan Kalish nor Josh Reddick have a great track record against left-handed pitching.
From the press box and on television replays, it looked like Andruw Jones gave up on a third-inning double play ball, jogging down the first-base line while the Reds completed a 5-4-3 double play.
Some guessed that Jones forgot how many outs there were and thought they’d recorded the third out by forcing Russell Martin at second base, but Jones said that wasn’t the case. He said he rolled his left ankle on the swing and needed to make sure he was OK to run.
“I just rolled it a little bit,” Jones said. “I’ve rolled it a bunch of times, playing basketball and stuff like that. Right when I first moved, I kind of took it easy and made sure everything was OK.”
Joe Girardi and Gene Monahan came out to talk to Jones, who stayed in the game in left field until the seventh inning.
“I feel it, but I’ll ice it and come back tomorrow and get some treatment on it,” Jones said. “It should be fine. I’ve rolled it so many times. Those things happen.”
Curtis Granderson arrived at Yankees camp yesterday and said he is looking forward to feeling a bit more at home now that his second season in pinstripes is beginning.
That’s all covered here
, but here are a few other tidbits from the chat with Curtis:
On Derek Jeter: “I’m very excited and confident for him. He’s one of the best players to ever play the game. It’s amazing that his down year is most people’s good year, normal year. He’s been so good for so long that it didn’t look like he wasn’t that great, but it was good. He was our catalyst at the top of the lineup, defensively he was excellent for us. People said he didn’t have the range and he made some great plays in the hole behind second and third base, stole bases when he needed to. That leadership side of it that you can’t replace because of his experience is always a key.”
On the Yankees adding Andruw Jones: “It’s a good thing to have him there. I got a chance to talk to Andruw Jones when he was with Texas and for our 10 minute conversation in a hotel lobby, we were talking defense and I learned so much in that 10 minutes just talking to him. I’m excited to be around him for that side of it. I see it as all positives across the board.”
On his recent trip to New Zealand: “It was really nice. I highly recommend it. I had a great time. The baseball side of it was great, to see them put together an event and a tournament when it’s not popular yet. They had HD cameras and commentators there, seating for about 500 or 600 people, concessions, and they won their first game against Guam which was the upset of the tournament. I definitely see that there’s interest there and support, as long as they continue to back it.”
On the keys to the 2011 season: “The main thing is going to be health. As long as everyone can remain healthy and stick around as long as we can as a unit, we’ll be all right. The great thing I noticed about last year was the flexibility we had and still stayed in sync. The lineup changed every day and we rotated different pitchers in, the defensive arrangements were slightly different, and we didn’t skip a beat.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has decided that the team will not surrender its top Draft pick as compensation, effectively taking them out of the running for free agent Rafael Soriano, the top reliever on the remaining free agent market.
Cashman told the Westchester (N.Y.) Journal News
on Friday that he wouldn’t sign a Type A free agent like Soriano, who would net the Rays a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Setup man Grant Balfour is also a Type A player, as is Carl Pavano – not that the Yankees were going to bring him back.
“I will not lose our No. 1 draft pick,” Cashman told the newspaper. “I would have for Cliff Lee. I won’t lose our No. 1 draft pick for anyone else.”
The rest of the free agent market doesn’t entice the Yankees. There are designated hitter types out there, but with Jorge Posada entrenched as their everyday DH, they have little room for the likes of Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero or Manny Ramirez.
reported Friday that there has been some contact with free agent outfielder Andruw Jones, but that would be in a reserve role similar to the tasks Marcus Thames filled last year.
“Bottom line is, it’s a bad free-agent market,” Cashman said.