Free agent outfielder Andruw Jones is drawing a bit of interest after spending the 2013 season in Japan, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Jones is about three months shy of his 37th birthday, having posted a .243/.391/.454 slash line with 26 home runs as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Cotillo writes that Jones would love to return to Japan, but the interest may be stronger stateside. The Golden Eagles paid him $3.6 million on a one-year deal for the 2013 season. The best Jones could hope for with a Major League team is a Minor League deal with an invitation to spring training.
We last saw Jones in the Majors in 2012 as part of a platoon with Raul Ibanez on the Yankees. He hit a miserable .197 for the Yankees though he did crank out 14 home runs.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.