Everyone needs a lefty-masher off the bench. Andruw Jones was that for the Yankees last year. He will be again next year too: Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees just signed him.
The deal: one year, $2 million plus incentives that can rack him up an additional $1.4 million. Not bad for a guy who hit .247/.356/.495 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 222 plate appearances last year. Jones may not be the future Hall of Famer some of us thought he’d be several years ago, but he’s a beyond solid bench bat.
Angels catcher Rene Rivera will be sidelined for up to six weeks, the club announced Friday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation last Sunday and underwent surgery for a torn meniscus.
Rivera, 34, signed on as a backup catcher to the Angels’ Martin Maldonado back in January. Since then, he’s slashed a healthy .259/.322/.481 with six extra-base hits and an .804 OPS in 59 plate appearances this spring. While manager Mike Scioscia doesn’t anticipate any complications with the veteran catcher’s recovery process, the team will have to wait and see whether he can maintain that kind of consistent production upon his return this summer.
In the interim, rookie backstop Jose Briceno is expected to shoulder Rivera’s workload. The 25-year-old is working through his second year in the Angels’ organization and currently batting .261/.272/.500 with six home runs in 92 PA for Triple-A Salt Lake. He’s likely to make his big league debut sometime in the next week.