Sources: Yanks after Andruw Jones

Updated: January 18, 2011, 11:40 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

Looking for some outfield depth, the New York Yankees are the leading candidate to land free agent Andruw Jones, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Monday.

Their AL East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, are also in the running after losing free agent Carl Crawford to the Boston Red Sox this offseason.

There has been speculation that the Yankees could bring back another Scott Boras client, Johnny Damon, but New York appears more interested in Jones' defensive versatility and right-handed bat. The Yankees outfield looks to consist of left-handed hitters Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson and switch-hitter Nick Swisher.

Jones, 33, hit .230 with 19 homers and 48 RBIs in 278 at-bats for the Chicago White Sox last season. He's a five-time All-Star, but the 15-year veteran hasn't been a regular since 2007 with Atlanta.

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