Reported yesterday, Andruw Jones signed a one year deal with the Chicago White Sox. My guess, is that for the next 3 – 4 years you are going to see this happen every off-season. What is incredible is that Jones is still gaining interest from teams. He has proven since his last season in Atlanta that he has given up on being the potential 40 – 40 he once was.
No now you get a large turkey (had to put a thanksgiving reference in there). Once he was a slim 195, now he has ballooned to nearly 250lbs or more. He once was a nightmare to hit to given his athletic ability, now he owns the DH slot. About the only thing he can do in the outfield is catch the ball (as long as it’s hit within 10 feet of him).
To me, this signing makes no sense. The already have Omar Vizquel and Mark Kotsay on the bench. Both bring a veteran and coaches mentality to a relatively young team. What does Jones bring to the table? If anything you don’t want your young players emulating him in his current state. I see this as a “Well he can’t hurt the team right?” or “We could use a power bat off the bench!” I get that and I also get that for $500K + incentives that he will never hit, it’s potentially not a bad deal. However when are we just going to give in that his dangerous days as a hitter are all but over.
I was thinking that he would make the team out of training camp and stay the season, but the more I think about it, the more I think, this may be a half season deal, then another half season deal in June for another sucker. Maybe the Royals or Mariners can use him, better yet, maybe the Braves will let him retire as a Brave.
As far as Jones’ cards go, his autograph can be had for under $5 and his game used cards are now considered commons. It’s sad that this once incredible player who hit 0.263/51/128 and finished 2nd in MVP voting is now a last man on the bench, who last season hit 0.214/17/43 (didn’t even hit his weight). You can expect less out of his this season as hopefully he rides off into the sunset. What are your feelings on him.