Report: Yankees Have Strong Interest in Andruw Jones as Fourth Outfielder


January 10, 2011

The Yankees are still gathering the pieces for their 2011 puzzle, and are reportedly pursuing a 15-year veteran for their fourth outfielder.

According to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, the Yanks have a strong interest in Andruw Jones to bring some much-needed experience and depth to the outfield. The two parties have been in talks for the past few days, but are still not seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to money, Heyman reports.

Even if the deal falls through with Jones, the Yankees are reportedly interested in former Yankees Johnny Damon and Marcus Thames.

The Yankees have been discussing a potential return for Damon over the past few weeks, but are also struggling to come to terms with the outfielder. Both Damon and Jones are clients of Scott Boras.

Though he spent much of his career with the Braves, Jones has bounced around the league since his 2007 departure from Atlanta. The 33-year-old spent the last three seasons playing with the Dodgers, the Rangers and the White Sox.

The Yankees are reportedly looking for a right-handed outfielder who can handle left-handed pitchers. Jones has a career .261 batting average against left-handers, and posted a .256 average with a .931 OPS against lefties last season.

Jones also had a productive series at Yankee Stadium last season with a .375 batting average, two home runs and three runs scored in only eight at-bats.

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