It was worth a shot even if Brian Cashman didn’t draw iron. In his unending quest to find Mark Teixeira’s replacement, the Yankees general manager came up with Chipper Jones’ name yesterday and asked reporters to find a phone number for his agent. “Don’t you think Chipper would be a perfect fit?’’ Cashman said in the clubhouse before the Yankees topped the Cardinals, 4-0, at Steinbrenner Field. “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 the agent, B.B. Abbott, the switch-hitting Jones is not 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. His legacy is and will always be with the Braves.’’ Jones confirmed he is done to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal. “Enough with the rumors! While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer,’’ Jones posted on Twitter. Matt Diaz, a former Braves teammate of Jones, believes Jones is done playing.
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New York Post | Mar 12