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Andruw Jones Signs with New York Yankees, Pinstripe Moves Unremarkable

The New York Yankees signed outfielder Andrew Jones to a one-year, $2 million deal Thursday, according to the New York Post. Add to that, their signings of veterans Mark Prior and Russell Martin, and you’ll notice that this offseason for the Bombers has not exactly been filled with blockbuster additions. Oh, I almost forgot they also brought in lefty-specialist Pedro Feliciano — huge deal. The only “big name” player the Yanks brought in is set-up man Rafael Soriano, and not everyone in the organizationwas on board with that move.

Offensively, the Yankees added guys who combined to hit .251, with 24 home runs, 74 RBI and 15 stolen bases last season in Martin and Jones. Comparatively, the additions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Red Sox bring a combined .302 batting average, 50 home runs, 191 RBI and 47 bags from last season. Gonzalez and Crawford each had more RBI individually than Martin and Jones did combined. So while the Yankees brought in two former All-Stars who are far from what they were, the Red Sox brought in two superstars in their prime. This is the type of offseason New Yorkers expected from the Mets, but not the Yankees.

On the pitching side of things, the Yankees signed the bigger reliever in Soriano, but the Red Sox got Bobby Jenks for nearly a third of the price. Jenks’ numbers are not quite as good as Soriano’s, but at that price the Red Sox seem to have gotten the better deal. The Yankees’ signing of Feliciano gives them a guy who has led the majors in appearances each of the last three seasons, but faced an average of just three batters per appearance last season. He’s a guy who can get lefties out and not much else, allowing a .211 average to lefties and a .336 average to righties.

The Jones signing is just another in a long line of basically meaningless signings by the Yankees this offseason. Honestly, the biggest lift they can get is 38-year-old Andy Pettitte deciding to return, and that’s looking less and less likely. The fact that they missed out on Cliff Lee is a sign that it might not be every player’s dream to wear pinstripes anymore. It used to be the Yankees were the team everyone was chasing, but this year has them looking like the team that can’t quite keep up.



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  • Anonymous

    Wow, that just might be the most negative article ive ever read. Well done sir, u picked apart every move in the most negative light possible how suprising of you Yankee hater! What you failed to mention was the fact that the outfield is very solid and needed a 4th outfielder with a right handed bat to hit against leftys who still is excellent defensively. Feliciano was brought in for situational purposes against the heavy lefty lineup of the Red Sox, very good signing. Martin was brought in to push Posada to the side since his defence is horrible and he cant call games whatsoever and to bring along Montero when he is ready, after all when you lead the league in runs scored and many other offensive categories your not exactly desperate for more offense. And saying Jenks is a better signing than Soriano and trying to honestly say that Jenks’ numbers werent quite as good is laughable. his numbers are no where even close to Sorianos, sorry but thats a joke, the Yankees now have the best shut down bullpen in baseball with Soriano and Rivera closing out games. I dont know how some of you “sports journalists” get paid for negative crap like this, learn more about the sport your writing about and do some proper research as to how to build a ballclub next time before you spew garbage onto the web about a sport you clearly know nothing about. Good day amateur.

  • Anonymous

    Well said.. Streetsweeper…

    Talk about a bad deals.. how about the Crawford deal.. when those legs slow down he is going to be nothing but a below average outfielder with a below average arm that bats 250.. Bobby Junks, i mean Jenks, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee… that guy is terrible… and for Adrian Gonzalez.. let’s see how this quiet boy can handle the AL East.. Doesnt like like he’s going to fit into the Red Sox nation to well…Shall I go on or are we good… Sounds like a lot of Maybe’s!!

    Let’s get going on the Yanks!
    I agree on the peice about Andy, YES and the YES Network need him back and I believe at some point he will come back to the Evil Empire!! As for our winter signings.. Honestly if LEE was to much of a scardy cat and couldnt handle the BIG APPLE then so be it… Enough about how he adored Philly..more that he is scared crap of NY.. Andre Jones was a great 4th outfielder signing for 2 Million.. He is an above average outfielder that can play any posistion and he a great bat for a 4th outfielder.. Russell Martin, Above Average catcher, ok bat.. but you forget to mention Montero’s Edgar Martinzez like offense or Ramaine’s spectacular style catching… ohhh you forgot to mention those two…. Soriano is the real deal and was parly selected by MO.. Mariano Rivera to succeed him..
    The rest of the Yankees staff (offense and defense) are the same and not worried at all… Pitching will step up and offense will dominate.. for 2011 YES we will be the AL East Division Champs once again!! Let’s Go Yankees!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well said.. Streetsweeper…

    Talk about a bad deal.. how about the Crawford deal.. when those legs slow down he is going to be nothing but a below average outfielder with a below average arm that bats 250.. Bobby Junks, i mean Jenks, pleaseeeeeeeeeeee… that guy is terrible… and for Adrian Gonzalez.. let’s see how this quiet boy can handle the AL East.. Doesn’t like like he’s going to fit into the Red Sox nation to well…Shall I go on or are we good…
    Sound like lot’s of praying and hoping….
    Let’s get going on the Yanks!
    I agree on the peice about Andy, YES and the YES Network need him back and I believe at some point he will come back to the Evil Empire!! As for our winter signings.. Honestly if LEE was to much of a scardy cat and couldnt handle the BIG APPLE then so be it… Enough about how he adored Philly..more that he is scared crap of NY.. Andre Jones was a great 4th outfielder signing for 2 Million.. He is an above average outfielder that can play any posistion and he a great bat for a 4th outfielder.. Russell Martin, Above Average catcher, ok bat.. but you forget to mention Montero’s Edgar Martinzez like offense or Ramaine’s spectacular style catching… ohhh you forgot to mention those two…. Soriano is the real deal and was parly selected by MO.. Mariano Rivera to succeed him..
    The rest of the Yankees staff (offense and defense) are the same and not worried at all… Pitching will step up and offense will dominate.. for 2011 YES we will be the AL East Division Champs once again!! Let’s Go Yankees!!!