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6/21/1981 (35 y, 8 m, 5 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 30, Overall: 444, Team: Atlanta Braves
$7.8M / 2 Years (2014 - 2015)
Jones was unconditionally released by the Yankees on Saturday, The Westchester Journal News reports. (8/23/2015)
Marlins Exchange Nathan Eovaldi for Depth
Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs)
Miami Marlins Infield: Very Limited Hope
Howard Bender (RotoGraphs)
Justin Morneau and the Pirates' First Base Platoon
Matt Klaassen (FanGraphs)
Roto Riteup: May 11, 2013
David Wiers (RotoGraphs)
2013 First Base Tier Rankings: Preseason
Mike Axisa (RotoGraphs)
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Year in Review:
Where did this guy come from? Jones spent three punch-less years in A-ball, got released by the Braves, and toiled for five years at the Twins' Triple-A affiliate, posting nondescript numbers every step of the way. Inked to a minor league deal by Pittsburgh last winter, Jones hit .307/.348/.502 at Triple-A Indianapolis and earned a call-up in July. Following a flurry of roster moves, the 28-year-old was a fixture in the lineup in the outfield corners and at first base. Jones shockingly jacked 21 homers, with a .274 ISO that ranked seventh amongst batters with 350+ PAs. The 6’4’’ lefty batter took a cut at 29% of pitches out of the zone, but he still drew a walk in more than 11 % of his PAs. Pitchers tossed him a pitch over the plate just 45% of the time, well below the 49% MLB average.
The Year Ahead:
Fantasy owners have to cast a skeptical eye upon Jones' power barrage. He spent half a decade in Triple-A, with a combined .265/.321/.463 line and a walk rate less than 8%. Jones' 2009 season with the Bucs was so far beyond anything else that he has ever done in his professional career that it's hard not to expect significant regression in 2010. Is it possible that Jones is a late bloomer who has “broken out”? Maybe, but the preponderance of evidence suggests otherwise. Jones definitely has pop in his bat, and the Pirates seem intent on giving him an everyday job in 2010. He will also have multi-position eligibility, qualifying at first base and the outfield. Jones is worth drafting in NL-only and deep mixed leagues. But it's important to keep in mind he's a player in his late 20s with a sketchy track record, not a fresh-faced prospect. (David Golebiewski)
As a late-20s player who blasted big-league pitching in 2009 after half a decade of undistinguished Triple-A work, Jones' 2010 regression was more predictable than the plot of a Two and a Half Men episode. Splitting his season between first base and right field, Jones didn't really stand out as a power hitter (.167 ISO) and his walk rate fell from 11.2% in 2009 to 8.1%. He was a little unlucky, with a .274 BABIP, so he's likely to hit closer to .270 than .250 moving forward. But even so, there's not much reason to recommend him -- Jones' secondary skills aren't great for a guy playing positions where offensive excellence is expected. Also, Pittsburgh might look for a platoon partner for Jones at first base, as the lefty batter has a .210/.249/.381 line versus same-handed pitching in 350 PA and a .282/.359/.495 slash in 746 PA against right-handers. That Jones figures to get most starts at first base again in 2011 says more about Jeff Clement's disastrous season than anything else. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
The collectible Pirates fans got on Garret Jones Action Figure Day this past year will end up in the attic with those Pokey Reese and Kip Wells bobble heads. Jones' 2009 production isn't coming back, and while he'll be a little better next year, that does little to separate him from other guys knocking around Triple-A who could do the same if given the chance.
Garrett Jones has been a useful fantasy player over the last few seasons, but in 2011, his fantasy value declined as his counting stats dropped. Last season, Jones ended up with five less home runs and 43 less RBI plus runs than in 2010. Most of this drop can be attributed to 176 less plate appearances. The main reason for the drop was that the Pirates quit having him hit against lefties. Over his career, he has put up a triple-slash line of .199/.237/.364 versus lefties. Against righties, the line was .275/.354/.483. His plate appearances vs lefties dropped from 230 in 2010 to 72 in 2011 while his PA vs righties remained relatively constant, going from 378 to 356. Besides getting into the game less, he was moved around in the lineup in 2011 instead of hitting in the number four spot like he did for 146 games in 2010. He hit as low as the seventh spot in 2011. Jones has some extra value for being both first base and right field eligibile in 2012. This season, I would not want him as an everyday player to count on. On the other hand, even if he'll likely sit against lefties, he'll be useful to plug into a lineup if the Bucs are going up against a right-handed starter. That makes him a decent bench piece in ottoneu, at least. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Going into 2012, Jones is an ideal candidate to play in a platoon situation because of his inability to hit against lefties.
Garrett Jones had a great partial season in 2009, and he had another good one in 2012. Jones hit .274 despite a batting average on balls in play below .300, mostly thanks to his 27 homers. Jones was also able to drive in 86 runs, but his walk rate plummeted, bringing his on-base percentage down below the league average. Jones is on the wrong side of 30, and probably won't play against lefties, but he’s yet to show signs of slowing. Jones isn’t going to get owners excited on draft day, but he’s a solid selection when filling out your bench, and even a potential steal. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Garrett Jones may be on the wrong side of 30, but he has the ability to help your team in a couple different categories.
Garrett Jones has managed to carve out a career as a platoon power bat who can crush righty pitching and sort of play first and right, but 2013 marked a low point for him. Thanks to a strikeout percentage that jumped to 23% and a slugging percentage that dropped nearly 100 points from 2012, Jones put up the worst of his five seasons in Pittsburgh. 94.7% of his plate appearances came against righties, so it's not like he was suddenly asked to face more lefty pitching, either. The good news is that his line drive percentage was the best of his career, so there's reason to think there may yet be some value here, though landing in Miami means he won't have his best position -- DH -- available.
The Quick Opinion:
Jones had the worst season of his career at age 32, and he'll always be limited by a complete inability to hit lefties and poor defensive skills, but in the right situation, may warrant a bench spot in deeper NL-only fantasy leagues as a power option.
First, the good news: Yankee Stadium is heaven for left-handed batters. Garrett Jones is a left-handed batter and he now calls the Bronx home. The bad news: Jones is a platoon hitter but he isn't particularly good against right-handed pitchers, posting roughly league-average numbers with the platoon advantage over his last ~900 plate appearances. Among lefties to earn 800 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers over the past two years, only nine were worse by weighted offense (wRC+). His home run total puts him more firmly in the upper middle class of righty mashers but the outs really start to add up. In other words, Jones is a reliable if unsexy option and the move to Yankee Stadium is sure to help him. But the fight for designated hitter plate appearances is one he might not win, with Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and even Brian McCann possibly squeezing Jones out of the picture. A player who must be used in a specific situation without the guarantee of playing whenever that situation arises? Suddenly Jones doesn't appear as appealing an option on draft day. For the Yankees, he's an insurance policy against higher-priced players missing time to injury. For you? About the same. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
His status as a righty masher might be overstated, but there is some intrigue and some value in Garrett Jones' platoon abilities.
Garrett Jones had an unsuccessful go at it last season for the Yankees and was signed by the Yomuri Giants for one year and $2.8 million. Jones figured to be a platoon player for the Yankees who could play first base, right field, or designated hitter but with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Carlos Beltran playing well, any sort of consistent playing time didn't really present itself. Of course, if Jones was playing well he could have forced the issue but that didn't quite happen. In 152 plate appearances he batted .215/.257/.361 with weighted offense that was 35% below league average. Jones likely could have gotten a look from another team or a spring training invite, but bat first players with negative defensive value usually don't have many choices. Instead he chose a nice contract to play in Japan. (Ben Pasinkoff)
The Quick Opinion:
Given Jones' career .803 on base plus slugging percentage against righties and a successful season in Japan can land him back in Major League Baseball in 2017. As far as 2016 is concerned, his play will be mostly for fans of the Yomrui Giants to enjoy.
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