Si.com reported Thursday that free agent outfielder Andruw Jones turned down a non-roster invite from the Yankees to attend spring training. The Yankees are prepared to head into the ’09 season with a combination of Bret Gardner and Melky Cabrera in center, but apparently wanted to offer Jones the opportunity to compete for the spot.
Jones, who turns 32 this spring, had a very bad year for the LA Dodgers last year, batting .158, with 3 HRs and 14 RBIs in 75 games. He was released from his contract with the Dodgers this offseason and is still owed $16 Million. Despite his very bad year, Jones is still hoping to get a major league contract.