Yankees Trying to Lure Chipper to NY

1:58 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
Jones' induction ceremony will take place Friday, June 28 at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis before the Braves' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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NEW YORK (USA Today) -- In desperate need of power, the New York Yankees are trying to lure Chipper Jones and Derrek Lee out of retirement as a temporary replacement for Mark Teixeira.

"If Chipper Jones wants to come back, I'd love to have Chipper," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told YES' Jack Curry.

The likely future Hall of Famer and Atlanta Braves great isn't interested in returning, but Cashman said it didn't hurt to inquire.

Cashman also admitted to contacting Lee: "I made a call. I liked him as a player."

The chances of Lee returning are more realistic.

The Yankees are attempting to fill the void left by Teixeira's recent injury.

Teixeira strained a tendon in his right wrist and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks. He injured his wrist swinging a weighted bat before Team USA's first exhibition game. Doctors say surgery is not needed. The Yankees are already without center fielder Curtis Granderson (broken arm) and third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery).

The Yankees led the majors with 245 home runs in 2012, something that will be difficult to duplicate with the injuries and free agent departures.

Lee, 37, hasn't played in the majors since 2011. However, he could be an upgrade to their current options and come relatively cheap.

Lee is a 15-year veteran who won the National League batting title in 2005 hitting .335 and slugged 331 career home runs. In 2011, he combined to hit 19 home runs and batted .267 with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yankee fans my best know his a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins team who defeated the Bronx Bombers in the World Series.

Juan Rivera is the top in-house candidate to replace Teixeira at first base. He played the position on Sunday.

(USA Today)

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