Andruw Jones and the Los Angeles Dodgers have come to a preliminary agreement on a $36.2 million, two-year deal, bringing the Gold Glove center fielder within the top five highest average salaries in the big leagues.
Jones, a five-time All Star who has won ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards, is hoping to start anew in LA, coming off one of the worst offensive slumps of his career. He batted .222 for his lowest average since his rookie season in 1996, hit just 26 homers -- his fewest since '97 -- and drove in 94 runs for the Atlanta Braves last season.
Acquiring Jones was the first big move for the Dodgers since Joe Torre replaced Grady Little as manager a little more than a month ago. Don Mattingly followed to take over the hitting coach duties, which could help Jones get his mojo back.
[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] | [Sabernomics] | [Larry Brown Sports]
Posted by Sooze on 12/06/2007
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