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.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.
Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.
Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.