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Andruw Jones finalizes one-year deal with Japanese team

Dec 16, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that free agent outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The deal was agreed to over a week ago but is just now being officially announced by the Japanese team.

Jones batted .197/.294/.408 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 94 games this past season for the Yankees. He probably could have found at least one major league team willing to offer him a one-year pact, but he has better earning power over in Japan at this point.

It’s not clear whether the 35-year-old plans to return to Major League Baseball after his stint overseas.

Jones, the winner of 10 straight Gold Gloves from 1998-2007 and a five-time National League All-Star, owns a .254/.337/.486 career batting line.

  1. cur68 - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Say “Hi” the Wily Mo Pena, willya Andruw? Enjoy the sushi and good luck.

  2. raysfan1 - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    If he had retired after 2007, the line would be .263/.342/.497 with 368 HRs, those 10 GGs, 5 times an All-Star and 60.9 WAR. Of course, he was only 30. Since then, of course, it’s been spectacularly ugly: .210/.316/.424, 66 HRs, and -0.6 WAR.

    Best of luck to him. He once looked like a sure thing for the HoF, and I think he would have gotten a lot of support if something like an injury did end his career in 2007. No chance now though.

  3. pisano - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    This just goes to show there’s a sucker born every day, enjoy Andruw (smilin strikeout) Jones Eagles, his best days are far behind him.

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Sionara! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  5. jwbiii - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    He’ll be making $3.6M.

  6. randygnyc - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Japan doesn’t get the chance too often to sign players who have accumulated numbers like Jones. Not quite HOF, but probably the most accomplished player in that country now. Apparently, they feel his resume will make an impact on the fans there. $3.5 million is a huge sum compared to what he could make here. I’m glad he got a chance to continue playing and to get paid. Too bad whatever numbers he does put up don’t get added to his MLB totals.

  7. fhuizar - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Making room for Vernon Wells

  8. dondada10 - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I knew A. Jones fell off, but man I didn’t realize his numbers had been so bad recently.

    Still, I’m 27 and Jones is the best fielding centerfielder I have ever seen.

  9. tashkalucy - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    When this guy came up as a 19 year-old he was smacking the ball around, meanwhile teammates like Maddow and Smoltz were saying the was the best CF they’d ever played with. OK, so maybe not a Willie Mays, but he surely was going to be an All-Star impact player for years to come.

    The greats are the greats for a reason…..

    • thereisaparty - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      And he was an “All-Star impact player for years to come.” From 1998-2006 he was worth at least 5.4 fWAR. Andruw Jones is one of these greats. His rapid decline at the age of 31 skews people’s assessment. His career easily exceeds many CFs who are in the Hall of Fame (especially those of recent inductees Kirby Puckett and Andre Dawson) and is strikingly comparable to Duke Snider’s.

      • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        295/380/540 919 140 OPS+ for Snider
        254/337/486 823 111 OPS+ for Jones

        These are strikingly comparable?

      • thereisaparty - Dec 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        It is like you completely ignored defensive contributions …

  10. thebigtim2012 - Dec 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Dude money isn’t everything. Dignity lost is a bitch to get back

  11. papadukes22 - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    He should call Tom Selleck “Mr. Baseball”!

  12. unlost1 - Dec 17, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    do they allow ‘roids over there?

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