MLB rumors: Yankees pass on potential outfield upgrade available on waivers
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was lucky enough to get something for nothing, and still said no.
MLB Trade Rumors reports Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones cleared the waivers and was sent straight to Triple-A Toledo. In doing so, Detroit removed Jones from its 40-man roster.
As a player with more than three years of service who has been taken off the 40-man roster altogether, he will be able to become a free agent at the end of the season (unless he is back in the Majors and ‘he ends the year on his 40 players. list).
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The Yankees have been desperate for an everyday center since losing Aaron Hicks to a wrist injury. At first, it was rumored that Jones would be a potential replacement for Hicks in New York. But Jones has suffered tremendously at plate this year, hitting 0.170 in 36 games. The Tigers finally mourned uncle last week and nominated him for an assignment.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, “Any team that asks Jones for waivers will pay the remaining portion of his $ 2.65 million (approximately $ 1.7 million) salary.” And that was probably the breaking point for Cashman, who is tasked with keeping the team’s payroll below the luxury tax threshold.
Is $ 1.7 million a drop in the bucket for a team worth $ 5 billion? And if so, is it worth it to try your luck with a player like Jones who has potential on a daily basis? Sure. But given Jones ‘well-documented struggles this year, and with the Yankees’ roster already filled with underperforming outfielders, Cashman decided his resources could be better spent elsewhere.
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