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01/07/11 9:45 PM EST

Unsure about Thames, Yanks contact Andruw

The Yankees have started talks with free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones, Jon Heyman of SI.com and MLB Network tweeted on Friday.

No deal is imminent, but the club is seeking a right-handed-hitting outfielder, according to Heyman, adding that the Yankees are concerned about Marcus Thames' outfield defense. Last season, Thames saw action in 82 games but served as designated hitter in 34 of them.

Jones, 33, batted .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs in 107 games with the White Sox last season while seeing time in all three outfield positions and 10 games at designated hitter. He also batted .256 with a .373 on-base percentage and a .558 slugging percentage against left-handers last year.

A five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, Jones is a career .256 hitter with 407 home runs and 1,222 RBIs over 15 big league seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers and White Sox.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.