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Andruw Jones drawing some interest after playing in Japan

Jan 3, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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Free agent outfielder Andruw Jones is drawing a bit of interest after spending the 2013 season in Japan, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Jones is about three months shy of his 37th birthday, having posted a .243/.391/.454 slash line with 26 home runs as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Cotillo writes that Jones would love to return to Japan, but the interest may be stronger stateside. The Golden Eagles paid him $3.6 million on a one-year deal for the 2013 season. The best Jones could hope for with a Major League team is a Minor League deal with an invitation to spring training.

We last saw Jones in the Majors in 2012 as part of a platoon with Raul Ibanez on the Yankees. He hit a miserable .197 for the Yankees though he did crank out 14 home runs.

  1. Carl Hancock - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Andruw Jones is probably the most extreme example of a player turning 30 and falling off a cliff statistically. Unfortunately for him his drop off started during the year before free agency, otherwise he would have gotten a much bigger deal once he became a Free Agent. Up until he was 30 he was one of the best hitting and fielding outfielders in all of baseball. Then he simply fell off a cliff.

    • larrymahnken - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      There’s no mystery there. He got fat.

  2. NYTolstoy - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Both of you are right….He fell off turning 30 and when he signed with the dodgers he came to camp very much over wieght, TWICE. I remember how good he was in his 20s and it all fell apart so fast. Amazingly if he finds a way to play in the majors for a few more years he can still hit 500 HRs. He would be such an interesting case for the HOF.

    • jhorton83 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Not really that interesting of a case. It’s pretty much an open-and-shut no. And Mark Mulder has a better chance of coming back and winning the Cy Young than Andruw Jones does of hitting 66 more major league home runs in his career. Even if the 500 home run benchmark actually meant something to the voters anymore, which it doesn’t.

      • braxtonrob - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:21 AM

        Actually, he could take 434 to 500, as he’s only 36 years old, so it’s not definite (if he had returned from Japan), but possible.
        I find his other stats MUCH more interesting (with the power) –
        No one expects a .254 hitter with power to be a 10x GG Centerfielder!
        Yet that’s him, very unique (right in line with his unique birthplace).

        I would have put him in (my) HOF if he had reached 500 HR’s, with 2,000 Hits, and that OBP hadn’t been so very low (.337).

        Too bad he didn’t stay conditioned, big mistake!

  3. southofheaven81 - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Beat the hell out of his wife, but never did anything truly unforgivable like take drugs or gamble. Great guy, plays the game the right way.

    • braddavery - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      lol That’s funny.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      I’m not sure they had piss tests during much of his MLB career. He was terrible as a Dodger, both on the field and in the clubhouse. The perfect McCourt poster child.

      • braxtonrob - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:25 AM

        We LOVED him in Texas (and he didn’t even have that great a year, statistically).

  4. watermelon1 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    ORIOLES DH!

  5. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    He needs to lose about fifteen more points of average before he can bring his VETERAN PRESENCE to the Feesh. Scrooge McLoria will give him a heavily backloaded deal at the major league minimum with about seventy five percent of his salary kicking in after the July trade deadline.

  6. Joe Vecchio - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    During his prime he wasn’t only the best center fielder in the game during that time, he was among the greatest center fielders in baseball history. If he had merely stumbled a bit rather than completely falling off a cliff, he would have been a first round HOF’er without question, certainly reaching the 600-homer mark, maybe even 700. An amazing beginning and a sad ending.

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