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Source: Yanks agree to deal with Jones
The Yankees, fortifying their bench with a five-time All-Star, reached agreement Wednesday with free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones on a one- year, $2 million contract, according to a major-league source.
The Yankees also considered signing free agent Johnny Damon, but Damon is a left-handed hitter with less power — and a far inferior defender to Jones, who was a 10-time Gold Glove winner in center field for the Braves.
Jones played all three outfield positions for the White Sox last season and was highly productive in a limited role, batting .230/.341/.486 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs in just 328 plate appearances.
The Yankees expect to give Jones more playing time than they would have given Damon. Two of their three starting outfielders, left fielder Brett Gardner and center fielder Curtis Granderson, are left-handed. The other, right fielder Nick Swisher, is a switch-hitter.
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