Garrett Jones (1B,RF)
Tue, Jan 27th 11:13am EST
By Chris Zolli
Garrett Jones pulled 47% of his hits in 2014 and if the new commissioner's mandate on the removal of shifts is approved, it could lead to a big start to Jones' New York tenure. (Source: NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jones has been solid, if not unspectacular, over his MLB tenure, with a .764 OPS in 854 games over seven seasons. Jones will be relied on against right handed pitchers this year and has posted 20 home runs or more three times in his career, including in 2009 when he had a similar role with the Pirates. Jones may not get more than 450 at bats this year, but between the specialized role as a left-handed DH and the possible removal of the shift, he could be worth spot starts or daily fantasy adds.
Fri, Dec 19th 1:47pm EST
By Chris Zolli
Garrett Jones was traded with Nathan Eovaldi and prosepct Domingo German to the Yankees for Martin Prado and David Phelps. (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is an odd move for the Yankees, as they need the DH spot for Alex Rodriguez or for players to have days off, and they needed a 2B/OF like Prado more than a 1B/OF like Jones. That being said, Jones' left handed power could play very well in the Bronx, potentially making him a 30 home run player if given at-bats. He is not more than a utility player with the upside of lesser Adam LaRoche; Jones has a career .764 OPS and has hit 20 or more home runs three times. The Yankees were without a left handed power source and he could be part of an effective platoon at DH with Rodriguez and can play the corner outfield positions and 1B.
Miami Marlins 1B/OF Garrett Jones is drawing trade interest, and was generating interest even before the Marlins' Michael Morse signing. According to reporter Joe Frisaro, Miami could keep Jones and use him as a reserve left-hand hitter at first base or in right field, but he will probably be dealt and some teams are interested. (Source: NBC Sports)
Fantasy Impact: His career .811 OPS against right-handers is pretty impressive, and he had a great campaign in 2012 as a Pirate with 27 HRs and a .832 OPS. Jones' power is the main draw for his services and it would do the Fish well to cash in on the 33-year-old during the final year of his contract. If he's traded, 1B Justin Bour would be the reserve lefty to Michael Morse.