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Andruw Jones re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

Jan 7, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Andruw Jones has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League after drawing offseason interest from at least two major league teams.

The assumption here is that those MLB clubs were only willing to offer Jones a non-guaranteed minor league contract with a spring training invite. He can pull in much more money in Nippon Professional Baseball, where he batted .243/.391/.454 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 143 games last season for Rakuten, helping them to the Japan League title.

The Golden Eagles paid him $3.6 million on a one-year deal for the 2013 season.

The financial terms of his new contract have not been made available.

  1. rays1118 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Japenese offensive numbers mean nothing! They have said it before they enhanced the baseball for more offense! Now that just makes Tanaka seem better in my opinion

    • southofheaven81 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      If they doctor the offensive numbers wouldn’t that make pitchers look worse than they are?

      Ahh, look at me, tying to use logic on Hall of Fame day! Psssht.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Oh thank goodness.

  3. straightouttavtown - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Damn really hoping he can comeback. The guy still mashes lefty and has good instinct in the outfield. I guess there goes his Hall of Fame chances.

  4. nyhammerhead - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    smart move . He stays out of jail in US.

  5. jwbiii - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Sankei is reporting the contract is for ¥400m, or $3.8m.

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