VIERA, Fla. — Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes?
The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have him. General manager Brian Cashman even said so Monday, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
“He’d be perfect,” Cashman said at Yankees’ camp in Tampa. “I’d take Larry in a heartbeat. I think everybody would.”
The eight-time All-Star third baseman — better known by his nickname than actual first name — quickly ended such talk.
“Enough with the rumors!” Jones tweeted. “While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!”
Pretty much what everyone figured.
“I can imagine a lot of things in baseball,” Braves coach Terry Pendleton said, “but Chipper playing for the Yankees isn’t one of them.”
“I think you’d have a lot of people in Atlanta pretty mad if that happened,” he said. “But it might help the Yankees with their attendance. I think a lot of Mets fans would come over to Yankee Stadium to boo him.”
Still, it was a fun thought — Jones and Derek Jeter together on the left side of the infield. At least for a minute.
In a jam because of injuries, Cashman just threw out the idea.
“I needed to check it off my list. I had to exorcise that demon,” he said. “I got my answer quick — like 30 minutes.”
The Yankees are on the prowl, however. They are missing third baseman Alex Rodriguez, sidelined until July or longer after hip surgery, and first baseman Mark Teixeira, out until May with a strained tendon in his right wrist.