Yankees ink Jones to one-year deal

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Tampa, FL - The New York Yankees officially signed outfielder Andruw Jones to a one-year contract on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not released. However, the Daily News reported that the 33-year-old will be paid $2 million guaranteed to be a right-handed bat off the bench as a replacement for Marcus Thames, who signed with the Dodgers.

Once a feared slugger earlier in his career with the Atlanta Braves, Jones hit 19 home runs and drove in 48 runs to go along with a .230 average in 278 at- bats over 107 games for the Chicago White Sox a season ago.

Since breaking into the majors at the end of 1996, the native of Curacao is a .256 hitter with 407 homers, 368 doubles and 1,222 RBI over 2,025 games with the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers and ChiSox.

To make room on the roster for Jones, the Yankees designated pitcher Brian Schlitter for assignment.


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