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Report: New York Yankees Trying to Get Chipper Jones out of Retirement for 2013
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The injury to Mark Teixeira has the New York Yankees searching for options.

It even has them searching for retired players.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees are trying to get former Atlanta Braves third basemen Chipper Jones out of retirement to play in 2013.

 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed Yankees GM Brian Cashman's interest in Jones.

The 40-year-old Jones hit .287 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI in his final season with the Braves, which many felt was his final year in professional baseball.

However, due to Mark Teixeira's wrist injury that will sideline him for eight to 10 weeks, the Yankees are searching all over for options to help the offense.

According to Sherman, Jones has said he's definitely retired, but the Yankees GM will not give up pursuit on him.

 

 

Sherman also talked to Jones' agent, BB Abbott, who also said his client is intending to stay retired.

 

 

 

If Jones were interested in playing again for one more year, he would make sense for the Yankees as a first basemen, third basemen and a DH.

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The switch-hitter could add some versatility to the offense and give it some firepower that it might lack early on in the season due to Teixeira's injury, plus Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson starting out on the DL.

I am very curious to see just how far Cashman will go to try and persuade Jones out of retirement and wonder just how much money he would give him in any kind of deal.

And, would Jones really play for the Yankees after spending 19 years with the Braves?

I've seen crazier things happen in baseball.

This one would be an absolute shocker if it did happen.

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.

(UPDATE, 1:18 p.m. by Doug Rush)

It's looking more and more like Chipper Jones will stay retired in 2013.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Jones was flattered by Yankees interest, but isn't interest in returning.

 

 

 

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN talked to BB Abbott and said Jones "got a good chuckle" from the offer.

 

 

Bryan Hoch from MLB.com talked to Brian Cashman, who said he'd love to have Chipper, but doesn't think it will happen.

 

 

Looks like Jones was serious about his retirement plans. At least for now, anyway.

(UPDATE, 1:57 p.m. by Doug Rush)

Chipper Jones took the time on his Twitter account to address the rumors swirling around today involving the Yankees interest in him for 2013.

 

I think that's a very classy, but emphatic "thanks, but no thanks."

 

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