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Andruw Jones aims to play five more years

Aug 30, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

Everybody is understandably talking about Manny right now, but there was another piece of interesting news to come out of Chicago on Monday. Andruw Jones told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he would like to play five more seasons.

“Everybody says he’s getting old or he’s losing it,” said the
33-year-old Jones. “There are things you have to work on and try to get
yourself more consistent. Hopefully when you get the opportunity to
play, you can get back on that roll. But I’m looking for another five
years, and if I play consistently, I should be where I want to be.”

It’s funny that he mentions consistency, because let’s compare his production over the past two seasons:

2009: .214/.323/.459 with 17 home runs, 43 RBI and a 782 OPS in 281 at-bats

2010: .215/.321/.474 with 18 home runs, 42 RBI and a 795 OPS in 251 at-bats (entering play Monday)

Whether you think he’s been good or bad, that’s pretty darn remarkable. Thankfully, looking at the patterns of his last two seasons, we know that if he gets off to a hot start again next April, it doesn’t mean “he’s back.” At this point, he’s merely a decent power bat who is still fairly capable in the outfield.

Jones, who signed a one-year, incentive-laden $500,000 contract with the White Sox last November, told Merkin that he would like to stay in Chicago next season. It’s worth noting that he enters play Monday with 406 career home runs, so staying in the American League is obviously his best bet if he hopes to have any shot at cracking 500 home runs. With the game increasingly shifting towards youth, however, it seems unlikely he’ll stick around long enough.  

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 30, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    If he could get into good shape this offseason and return to being a top-flight outfielder, he’d definitely help prolong his career. If he could play full-time and hit 25-30 homers again, he shouldn’t struggle to find a job. The problem is he looks more like a DH/OF/1B type nowadays and not an everyday outfielder.

  2. Schlom - Aug 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    So he wants to play into his forties?

  3. tian - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    33+5=38

  4. matt - Aug 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Talk about a guy who feel off a cliff out of nowhere. He was once a stellar centerfielder and a major threat at the plate. It seems he just got fat and lazy and threw away many prime years. What a waste of hall of fame talent.

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