Is Jones A Good Fit In NY?

Earlier this week the Dodgers released Andruw Jones. That now makes him a free agent and begs the question, where does he go from here?

The logical answer is going back to the Braves where he played his entire career before last season. But many New York baseball fans have shown interest in bringing Jones aboard to their respective teams. On Yankees Rumors, Bob Ruffolo says he's not sure that's a great idea for the Yanks considering they have guys like Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner as guys yet to reach their potential. I have to agree with Bob on that, although if the Bombers can work out a "cheap" deal with Jones for 1 year I'd say why not. If he bombs out of the Bronx before year's end, then trade him or release him, at least you took a shot. Right now he wouldn't be a good fit for the Yanks because of the surplus of outfielders they already have on the roster.

As for the Mets, it might be a better risk. If Andruw can return to his pre-2008 self the he can help any major league team but on the Mets he would add so much. It would have to be as a corner outfielder though. He surely wouldn't move Carlos Beltran out of center. Jones is familiar with the National League and the NL East. I also think he would like being under manager Jerry Manuel, plus the Latin influence on the Mets is greater than it is with the Yanks.

This is Andruw's make or break season. He is capable of a 40HR 110 RBI season but what the hell happen last year? Did he eat himself out of superstardom? Injuries? Who knows, but he has the chance to bounce back. He has to earn his money again and his reputation as one of the game's best. Let's see what 2009 has in store for Mr Jones.

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