It was worth a shot that didn't hit the rim.

In his quest to find Mark Teixeira's replacement Yankees GM Brian Cashman came up with Chipper Jones' name this morning and asked reporters to find a phone number for agent B.B. Abbott.

"Don't you think Chipper would be a perfect fit?'' Cashman asked reporters in the clubhouse before the Cardinals-Yankees game. "I would take Larry in a heartbeat. If Larry was interested in playing the team he's got there in Atlanta would be the easiest to come back to.''

According to Abbott, the switch-hitting Jones isn't coming out of retirement.

"I'll tell you what, (Chipper) has told me he is retired and not planning on coming back at all,'' Abbott said. "I don't think New York is something he would consider but he would be flattered. We talk a lot about him (in) pinstripes because of all the good players the Yankees have had but it's probably too late.''