Dodgers sign Andruw Jones to 2yr $36.2M deal

December 6, 2007 at 12:45 am 20 comments

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The Dodgers improved significantly when they signed center fielder Andruw Jones early this morning to a two year $36.2M deal. The deal is pending a physical. This is a good deal by both the Dodgers and Andruw Jones.

The Dodgers get a very good power hitting CF in Jones. Is he the player in center he was 3-5 years ago? No. Is he still in the elite group of defensive center fielders? You’d better believe it. There is no reason to believe he’ll have a significant decline in the next two years either. Jones also has good power, something the Dodgers very badly need. His power has been on the decline but that is due to more slump or him pressing to hard than lack of ability or declining ability. He could easily top 35 homers in 2008. The move will also move Juan Pierre to LF which is where he belongs with his range and arm.

The only thing I don’t like about this deal is that Andre Ethier and possibly Matt Kemp will lose playing time. Kemp should be the starting RF and Ethier the starting LF with Pierre as the 4th OF but that won’t happen with the salary of Pierre. Ethier can ba an above average COF with a .300-20-80 line. Kemp is even better. He can post a .320-30-110-20 line.

Andruw Jones now gets to prove that he can be an elite player again. He also gets to hit the open market in two years when he is 32. I still think it would’ve been better for him to sign a one year deal then hit the market again but he may perform better with a two year deal and he won’t be pressed to put up a monster season. He can relax and let his God-given ability make the plays.

The Dodgers are big winners in this deal. They got the power bat they need and they improved significantly on defense. I hope now that they got their power hitter they will let Andy Laroche play 3B and see what he can do. The last thing they need is to sign Pedro Feliz.

Here is the source from the AP:

All-Star center fielder Andruw Jones and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday night on a $36.2 million, two-year contract.

Jones, the former Atlanta star who has won 10 straight Gold Gloves, must pass a physical for the agreement to be completed, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

Jones will receive a $12.2 million signing bonus, of which $5.1 million is payable next year, $2.1 million in 2009 and $5 million in 2010. He well get salaries of $9 million next year and $15 million in 2009, and also will receive a no-trade clause.

His agreement with the Dodgers was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on its Web site.

Scott Boras, his agent, wouldn’t confirm the agreement but sounded as if a deal had fallen into place.

“Being on a competitive team was a very, very important part of his process,” he said.

Jones hit .222 this season, his lowest average since he batted .217 in 106 at-bats as a rookie in 1996. His 26 home runs were his fewest since 1997.

Had Jones finished with big numbers, he likely would have sought a longer-term agreement. Boras said there were really only two options when it came to length.

“Very, very long-term or very, very short term,” he said. “Nothing in between.”

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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20 Comments

  • 1. Aaron Boynton  |  December 6, 2007 at 9:21 am

    All I have to say is: Dodgers overpaid.

  • 2. erik  |  December 6, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Is L.A. Atlanta West? First Furcal bolts west now Andruw Jones. I actually think this signing makes a lot of sense for them. For one Jeff Kent was their only reliable source of power, Nomar gets hurt way too much to claim him as a power threat. Andruw Jones is a better OFer than Juan Pierre, has a better arm and will help the pitching staff. It is a good signing by the Dodgers who needed this. They overpaid but only for 2 years… so this is a pretty decent deal in my eyes.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 6, 2007 at 11:53 am

    I agree. I think it is ok to overpay for a short term deal (1-2 years, maybe 3) especially for an elite player. The Dodgers have the money so it’s not wasted. I just really hope they let the kids play. Kemp is a potential superstar and could lead the team in homers and Laroche could hit 25-30 with 60-70 walks.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 6, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Aaron – One of the teams which engaged in talks with Eric Gagne’s agent, Scott Boras, came away believing the reliever might very well accept arbitration from the Red Sox.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 6, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    The Dodgers may package Kemp and minor league SP Clayton Kershaw to try and get Erik Bedard. I think they should hold off and keep them both. Kemp could be a star very soon and Kershaw could be Bedard at a way cheaper price. If I were the O’s I would pull that trigger in a heartbeat!

    Here is what the lineup should look like but probably won’t:
    1. SS Rafael Furcal
    2. C Russell Martin
    3. 2B Jeff Kent
    4. 1B James Loney
    5. CF Andruw Jones
    6. RF Matt Kemp
    7. LF Andre Ethier
    8. 3B Andy Laroche

    Bench
    OF Jun Pierre
    3B/1B Nomar Garciaparra

  • 6. Aaron Boynton  |  December 6, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I might drive to Boston and throw Eric Gagne into the Charles River.

  • 7. Brittney  |  December 6, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Jonathan,are we allowed to cuss on this site? lol

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 6, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Brittney – As long as it’s in good taste! Haha!

  • 9. erik  |  December 6, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I think it will be a HUGE mistake if the Dodgers trade KEMP or Ethier. I think the Dodgers have a pretty decent rotation they should try to unload Pierre maybe pay a portion of his salary for a middle reliever. Keep Kemp and Ethier cause both have potential. Kemp is the player the dodgers need to build around.

  • 10. MikeMcGinnis  |  December 6, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    you hit it right on the head jonathan andre either should be the starting LF. now do they package a guy like either along with clayton kershaw and some other prospect to land erik bedard?

  • 11. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 6, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I would give Ethier in a package but not Kemp and Kershaw. Kershaw is possibly the best pitching prospect in the game and Kemp has superstar written all over him.

  • 12. erik  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Bedard won’t be moved until after Santana is moved. Much like free agency they want to see what other teams get for Aces these days. I.e. Tom Glavine set the tone for 40 year old starting pitchers… Kenny Rogers had no choice but to take a 1yr 8 million dollar deal. Linebrink got 19million which means Vizcaino will and deserves that money more so. Torri Hunter’s package determined Andruw Jones’ 2year salary… etc… I think minnesota should trade out of their division this way Santana doesn’t bite them later on. Unfortunately for them the mets are the main team targeting him and they would love to get their mitts on some players the dodgers can send over. Bedard is a far drop off from Santana. Bedard is a bit more inconsistant. The pitcher who has the next best stuff that is available at a hefty price is oaklands dan haren. He is the one that should get oakland as many prospects as the Twins get for Santana. Baltimore should consider the Dodger deal but chalk that up to poor ownership, management, etc… They are by far the Worst AL franchise.

  • 13. Brittney  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    good taste,huh? lol yeah,I think I’ll just use the stars to replace certain letters. This whole thing is bulls***. Druw said it over and over again that he wanted to stay in Atlanta,wanted to stay with the Braves,blah blah blah…but he didn’t do anything to back it up. I will miss him but I still think that’s shi..uh,crap.

  • 14. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Haha! He did want to tstay. He took a paycut in his last contract with the Braves. John Scheurholz, before he resigned, said he didn’t plan on bringing Andruw Jones. It was the Braves.

  • 15. Brittney  |  December 9, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Do you think if Scott Boras suddenly “disappeared”,anyone would miss him? lol I really don’t like that guy =/

  • 16. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 9, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    The player’s union would miss him only!

  • 17. Erik  |  December 10, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I would miss Scott Boras I’m going to see if he will represent me for him to negotiate my salary. He gets what he wants… 9/10 of the time.

  • 18. Brittney  |  December 10, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Is it possible for Andruw to come back,if his asking price is ever affordable(

  • 19. Erik  |  December 11, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Probably… look what happened with Glavine.

  • 20. Brittney  |  December 11, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Good point,Erik lol

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