New York Yankees to Add 4th Outfielder With Andruw Jones

Jason KimCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2011

CHICAGO - AUGUST 25: Andruw Jones #25 of the Chicago White Sox hits the ball against the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on August 25, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees are getting close to an agreement on a one-year contract with Andruw Jones, according to Tim Brown via Twitter.

After just a few days being told to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million deal by the owners, the Steinbrenners, general manager Brian Cashman has some good news after losing their first-round pick this upcoming draft. 

With Jones, they finally get a good fourth outfielder that can play all three outfield positions and give regular starters some rests. 

But even more importantly, they get a bat that can handle left-handed pitching.

Curtis Granderson still struggled this season against left-handers, even though there has been some (small) improvement after working with hitting coach Kevin Long.

Brett Gardner can still draw walks against southpaws, but Jones still seems to be the better option. 

Jones will turn 34 this upcoming April, but still has put up decent numbers. He hit .230 with 19 home runs in only 107 games.

He still has the power, and the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium might contribute to the home run cause.

According to baseball insider Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees had a disagreement regarding money with the five-time Major League Baseball All-Star.

Well, now we know how the deal turned out, as New York is starting to sign some free agents.

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