Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.”
Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but “understands he’s not going to be a full-time player.”
Jones earned $2 million this year, so a similar one-year deal could make sense for both sides assuming another team doesn’t step up to offer him 500 at-bats for the first time since 2007.
Despite an ugly .228 batting average Jones has posted a strong .816 OPS in 266 games since a disastrous 2008 season with the Dodgers, which is certainly good enough production for everyday playing time, but those numbers are boosted by his primarily being spotted versus left-handed pitching.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.