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Vote: Andruw Jones or Johnny Damon?

By Mike Silva ~ January 12th, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY the Yankees are considering both Andruw Jones and Johnny Damon on a one year deal. They would provide the role of fourth outfielder/part time DH. Essentially the role that Marcus Thames filled last year.

Damon is a fan favorite, has a benchmark of success here, and loved hitting at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009 (17 homers, 42 RBI, .279 batting average, OPS over .900). Some believe the team missed Damon’s leadership during the 2010 season. On the flip side, Damon is left handed, in a lineup that already has Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.  I will point out he did hit .275 versus LHP, and historically fares well against southpaws.

The other option, Andruw Jones, has intriguing upside, but has been in severe decline the last three seasons. As I mentioned in a column on Saturday, he clobbers left handed pitching (.931 OPS) which would be ideal due to the struggles of Granderson against lefties. Defensively he is no better than Damon at this point in his career, profiling better as a corner outfielder than in center.

I almost feel the heart would say bring Damon back, but the head knows that Jones might be more what the Yankees need. Thames was a right handed bat that gave you superior offense against southpaws. That is exactly what I could expect from Andruw Jones. Although Damon’s numbers against lefties are solid, it’s not at the level of Jones.

I say sign Jones, and move on from Damon for good. What do you think?

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1 Response to Vote: Andruw Jones or Johnny Damon?

  1. mike

    why dont yankees sign vladamir guerreo to dh let jorje an martin split time at catcher

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