Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Braves Cut Ties with Andruw Jones

Interesting.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves are cutting ties with Andruw Jones, saying they can't afford to keep the perennial Gold Glove center fielder who's spent his entire career with the organization.

General manager John Schuerholz announced the decision Tuesday, shortly after breaking the news to Jones during a one-on-one meeting at Turner Field.

While hoping to stay in Atlanta, Jones wasn't caught off-guard by the team's stance. He made $13.5 million this season and was looking for a hefty raise despite slumping badly.

"I'm fine with it," Jones told The Associated Press when reached on his cell phone. "I'm appreciative of the chance they gave me to play for Atlanta all these years. I understand the decision they have to make. That's just the way it is. It's a business."

Indeed, the move was not unexpected as the 30-year-old Jones batted only .222 in the final season of his $75 million contract. He's eligible to file for free agency after the World Series.

Perhaps the Dodgers might have interest in a down-on-his-luck centerfielder who might be able to throw out a guy at home every once in a while (or at least, prevent every single from turning into a double)? Hmm.

6 comments:

Forever Blue said...

I would rather have Tori Hunter.

Alex Cora said...

Honestly I would rather have slappy Pierre - at least he can get on base. Jones is no longer a home run threat, which is what we need in the lineup. Hunter would be a nice addition, Is he healthy?

Forever Blue said...

I forgot to say GO RED SOX!!!!!

Steve Sax said...

FB, you're killing me. Rooting for the Red Sox is effectively rooting for JD Screw and "the fly" Lugo. Gotta root for Scioscia.

Great call on Torii Hunter, though. Maybe we should do a comparison of candidates.

Damon said...

i'll be fine with arod

Steve Sax said...

AC-btw, that's the issue. Pierre CAN'T get on base. If he could, we would haven't have had as many shutout losses...