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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Yankees tried to get Jones

SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees tried to sign Andruw Jones to a minor-league deal, but were turned down. Jones, who was released by the Dodgers after hitting .158 in 209 at-bats last season, still thinks he can get a guaranteed deal, it seems.

Heyman says Texas could be a better fit than the Yankees, but lists the Phillies, Braves and Mets as other teams that have also shown interest.

Meanwhile, Heyman also has an update on the trade front.

The Yankees seem to think they're more likely to find a taker for Nick Swisher than Xavier Nady. But the $21 million over three years left on Swisher's deal will probably make things tricky in this ever-tightening market. The Braves, Nationals and Mariners are among teams seeking a corner outfielder, and there are plenty of choices with Garret Anderson and Hall-bound Ken Griffey Jr. out there, as well as Abreu and Dunn.
As each day passes, I believe a trade gets less likely. The teams Heyman mentioned could sign any of those free agents for a contract that's worth less than Swisher's. Nady, who will make over $6.5 million this season, is also not an extremely cheap option.


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