01/19/11 1:40 PM EST
Yanks, Andruw to continue talks
New York sees veteran as strong right-handed bat off bench
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Boras said Wednesday that the Yankees are among several teams that he is speaking with about Jones, whom the Bombers covet as a right-handed power bat who could back up at all three outfield positions.
"We're still talking," Boras said at Yankee Stadium, where he attended a news conference for another client, Rafael Soriano. "I gauge it as there is interest on both sides, but we don't have anything final."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that he has been talking about adding the 33-year-old veteran, who spent 2010 with the White Sox, his fourth Major League team and third in the last three years.
Jones batted .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs in 107 games for Chicago, playing all three outfield positions.
"I've talked to Scott about Andruw Jones, amongst others," Cashman said. "I don't know where it's going to go, to be honest. I'll definitely talk to Scott [today]. I'd like to get a fourth outfielder that hits from the right side, in theory, so he has one of those guys."
Essentially, Jones would fill the role vacated by Marcus Thames, who signed with the Dodgers on Tuesday. While the Yankees liked Thames' bat, they had concerns about his outfield defense. That is something they likely wouldn't have to worry about with Jones, a 10-time National League Gold Glove Award winner.
Boras said that Jones' goal is to return to his former status as an everyday outfielder, but he understands that is not likely under his current situation.
"I think at this point, he's going to have to prove himself in the Major Leagues to get that," Boras said. "Right now, the opportunities that are available to him are more in the realm of being a guy that can play all three outfield positions and be a fourth outfielder."
Boras also said that there continues to be a market for Johnny Damon, a free agent whom the Yankees also have some level of interest in. But New York already has two left-handed-hitting outfielders in Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson, and may not be able to offer Damon as many plate appearances as some other clubs.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.