Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Red Sox Jonesing For Andruw

Some reports have indicated that the Red Sox could be interested in free agent outfielder Andruw Jones. Last year, Jones was the 4th outfielder for the Yankees and did a pretty good job of it, going .247/13/33 in 77 games and 190 at bats. He also reached base at a very good .356 clip, fitting him with the Red Sox' patient approach. However, Jones is 34 years old and this has been his first solid year since 2006 with the Braves. From 1998-2006 with the Braves, Jones was one of the best players in baseball and over his career, his 162 game average is a very good .256/32/97. Jones also has a decent glove for a corner outfielder and could relieve Josh Reddick (or a newcomer) and Carl Crawford fairly well. He is considerably better than the 4th outfielder the Sox currently have, in Darnell McDonald, who went .236/6/24 in 79 games and 159 at bats last year. If the Sox could land Jones on something like a 1 year/$4 million contract, I'd be impressed.

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