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New York Yankees Re-Sign Andruw Jones to One-Year Deal

January 26th, 2012 at 1:30 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees and Andruw Jones have finalized a contract to keep the veteran outfielder in pinstripes for one more season, tweets Ian Begley

The 34 year-old Jones batted .247 with 13 home runs and 33 RBI for the Yankees last season.

His primary role during his first season in New York was to be the fourth outfielder, playing left field or right field when Brett Gardner or Nick Swisher needed a day off. However, this season he is expected to see an increase in playing time as the Yankees designated hitter. 

Jesus Montero was going to be New York's full-time DH, but was recently traded to the Seattle Mariners, opening up more DH at-bats for Jones. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to DH part-time as well, with Eduardo Nunez stepping in and playing third base. 

The Yankees still have a surplus of starting pitchers, so it's possible they could trade away a starter for a left-handed hitter for the bench. If another hitter is brought in, Jones will see less time as DH. 

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