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After hitting 19 home runs and batting .230 last season with the White Sox, Andruw Jones has moved on to the New York Yankees.

Andruw Jones agreed Thursday to a $2 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal for the former star outfielder is subject to physical.

Jones can earn an additional $1.2 million in performance bonuses as part of the agreement.

The 33-year-old Jones, brought in as a right-handed-hitting backup to Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher, made an impact against New York in his rookie season, homering twice for Atlanta at Yankee Stadium in the 1996 World Series opener.

After hitting a career-best 51 homers for the Braves in 2005 and 41 the following year, his career nosedived.

His home runs dropped to 26 during his final season with Atlanta and he hit three in 2007, his one injury-decimated season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jones rebounded to hit 17 homers for the Texas Rangers in 2009 and had 19 last season for the White Sox to go along with a .230 average and 48 RBIs.

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