TFD: Yankees trying to lure Chipper Jones out of retirement?
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- March 11, 2013 - 6:28 PM
In trying to think "out of the box" to patch together his injury-ridden lineup, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman first had conversations with the agents for former All-Star first baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Scott Rolen.
On Monday, he turned even more creative, asking reporters to put the word out on Twitter that he is interested in talking to Chipper Jones.
"If Chipper wants to come back, I would love to have Chipper," Cashman said of Jones, who spent all 19 of his seasons with the Braves.
Jones has repeatedly said he is not going to come out of retirement. Still, with Kevin Youkilis' ability to play first, Cashman thinks Jones would be a "perfect" fit, so, unable to locate Jones' agent's number, he turned to the media for help to reach Jones.
"I figured that is the quickest line of communication -- Twitter," Cashman said. "I already know the answer, but I figured I might as well throw it out there."
After the news hit Twitter, Jones' agent, BB Abbott, called his client. Abbott said Jones got a chuckle out of Cashman's interest.
"He was part amused, part flattered," Abbott told ESPNNewYork.com.
Abbott said if Jones ever considered a short list of teams for a return, the Yankees would be on it. Ultimately, though, Jones' legacy is as a Brave and he reiterated that he has no interest in coming out of retirement.
"Enough with the rumors!" Jones tweeted. "While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I'm happy with life as a bad golfer!"
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