There’s no question that the Yankees are in a world of hurt these days.
First baseman Mark Teixeira is out until at least mid-May after suffering a strained tendon in his right wrist. Centerfielder Curtis Granderson will miss the first 10 weeks of the season after breaking a bone in his forearm on the fifth pitch of spring training. And third baseman Alex Rodriguez – well, who really knows? Between hip surgery and being linked to a PED lab in Florida, he may not play at all.
What’s a general manager to do?
Well, if you’re Yankees GM Brian Cashman, you beg and plead for two of the best hitters of the last decade to come out of the retirement.
Last week Cashman broke his ankle skydiving. Are we sure he also didn’t hit his head a little?
According to multiple reports, Cashman confirmed to a trio of reporters that he had asked Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones to put the threads on again and take some hacks for the Yanks.
Lee was said to be “intrigued” by the offer, but Cashman wasn’t optimistic he could pry the 15-year veteran out of retirement.
So Cashman then turned his efforts toward future Hall-of-Famer Jones, actually asking the reporters to do his job for him.
Cashman claimed he didn’t have a working phone number for Jones’ agent B.B. Abbott (how is that even possible? The GM of the Yankees can’t get a working number for an agent?), so he asked the three reporters sitting in the dugout with him to use their Twitter accounts to reach out to Jones for him.
“He would be perfect,” Cashman said. “I would sign him in a heartbeat.”
Jones, through his own Twitter account, respectfully declined Chapman’s offer. “Enough with the rumors! While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!” he tweeted.
Jones just concluded a 19-year career with the Braves that included one Most Valuable Player Award (1999) and one batting title (.364 in 2008). He hit .303 with 468 home runs, 1,623 RBI, and an OPS of .930.
Lee played with the Padres, Marlins, Cubs, Pirates, Braves and Orioles over a 15-year career. He won the 2005 batting championship with a .335 average with the Cubs, and ended his career hitting .281 with 331 homers and 1,078 RBI.
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