Report: Yankees hoping to lure Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones out of retirement
The New York Yankees are reportedly trying to get Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones out of retirement. At 37, Lee has never officially retired but chose not to play in 2012. The New York Times reported that the Yankees would like to see Lee play first base while Mark Teixeira is out with a wrist injury. Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman confirms reports that he reached out to Lee, but is “not optimistic” that the club will sign him.
Chipper Jones has made it very clear that he is retired, but Cashman hopes to change that. He batted .303/.401/.529 with 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBI during his 19-year-long career. Reports indicate that Cashman sees a place for Jones on the team, potentially as another replacement for Teixeira. Jones is adamant that is retired.
For now, it looks like the Yankees will be unsuccessful on both fronts.