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Andruw, Dodgers reach agreement

Deal calls for two years and $36 million, per a baseball official

By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

 

Andruw Jones will take over center field, with Juan Pierre likely moving to left. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Dodgers landed the bat they've been seeking, reaching agreement on Wednesday night with free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones on a two-year, $36 million contract, according to a baseball official. The deal is contingent on Jones passing a physical exam.

Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All Star, will take over center field, with Juan Pierre likely moving to left.

 

The negotiations, which appeared to be moving at a snail's pace over the first three days of the Winter Meetings, reached a rapid conclusion on Wednesday night. The short-term deal will allow Jones to rehabilitate his stats in time for another bite at the free-agent apple while still in his prime.

 

The market for Jones had been underwhelming in the wake of the worst season of his career -- .222 average, 26 homers, 94 RBIs. He also had interest from the Kansas City Royals.

 

Jones' former Braves teammates, however, indicated that he preferred to stay in the National League and was getting antsy for a resolution. Another former Atlanta teammate, Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal, placed more than one recruiting phone call to Jones, understandable because they were the closest of friends when they played together.

 

Jones, 30, is the big bat Colletti has been seeking since taking over two years ago, especially if his 2007 performance is an aberration compared with the previous two seasons, when he slugged 92 homers with 257 RBIs. The Dodgers made a run at acquiring Jones a year ago, but Jones would not waive a no-trade clause.

 

What happened to Jones in 2007? Trying to play with a secretly hyper-extended elbow didn't help, but such decisions are commonplace with free agency looming.

 

Jones recorded a .263 career batting average with 368 home runs, 1,117 RBIs, a .342 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage in 12 big league seasons with the Braves.

 

The native of Curacao finished second in National League MVP voting in 2005 after leading the Majors with 51 homers and leading the NL with 128 RBIs. Over the past 10 seasons, in addition to earning a Gold Glove each year, Jones has averaged 35 home runs and 103 RBIs, and he has topped the 25-homer mark in each of those campaigns.

 

In his 12 Major League seasons, Jones has appeared in the postseason 10 times, hitting .273 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 17 playoff series.

 

Since his first full season in the Majors, in 1997, Jones has appeared in more games than any other big league player (1,730), and he has never spent time on the disabled list. His 363 homers during that period are the eighth-most in baseball, behind Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Delgado and Vladimir Guerrero. He also ranks eighth among all Major Leaguers with 1,104 RBIs during that span.

 

Jones has registered 101 assists since 1997, the most of any big league center fielder, and his 4,486 putouts since reaching the big leagues are tops among all Major League outfielders by more than 500 (Johnny Damon ranks second, with 3,980).

 

Jones reached the Major Leagues as a 19-year-old in 1996, and was the youngest player in baseball that season when he became the first NL player and the second in Major League history to homer in his first two World Series at-bats. He was the youngest player to ever homer in the Fall Classic (19 years, five months, 27 days) and remained the youngest player in baseball the following year in 1997, when as a 20-year-old, he finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

 

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I actually like this signing.

 

2 years is a great deal for a guy who more than likely will bounce back.

 

They've kept their young talent and signed a stopgap who is a year removed from 50 HRs. He is a career 125-130 OPS+ guy and last year is the severe outlier for his career. I think he was really undervalued on this market. Good move for the Dodgers.

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I actually like this signing.

 

2 years is a great deal for a guy who more than likely will bounce back.

 

They've kept their young talent and signed a stopgap who is a year removed from 50 HRs. He is a career 125-130 OPS+ guy and last year is the severe outlier for his career. I think he was really undervalued on this market. Good move for the Dodgers.

 

must be nice to be able to pay a professional player money to pay for your team.

 

 

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I actually like this signing.

 

2 years is a great deal for a guy who more than likely will bounce back.

 

They've kept their young talent and signed a stopgap who is a year removed from 50 HRs. He is a career 125-130 OPS+ guy and last year is the severe outlier for his career. I think he was really undervalued on this market. Good move for the Dodgers.

Actuakly his OPS+ is "only" 113. The perception is that he's a better hitter than he actually is... over 130 only once.

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I actually like this signing.

 

2 years is a great deal for a guy who more than likely will bounce back.

 

They've kept their young talent and signed a stopgap who is a year removed from 50 HRs. He is a career 125-130 OPS+ guy and last year is the severe outlier for his career. I think he was really undervalued on this market. Good move for the Dodgers.

Actuakly his OPS+ is "only" 113. The perception is that he's a better hitter than he actually is... over 130 only once.

I was taking out last season as the outlier and the 5 seasons prior he has an average OPS+ of ~123.

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