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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Olney On The Obvious: Andruw Jones' Career Might Be Over

No, really:
It is strange, but true, that Andruw Jones' career is in jeopardy, even before he turns 32 years old. Even with the Dodgers restructuring his contract so that he is owed about $5 million for 2009, there does not seem to be any line of teams forming to make a deal for him. The Mets apparently are not interested, and John Fay doesn't think the Reds will be, either, even at a minimum salary.

Jones looked awful last season, generating the kind of numbers that would earn most player an immediate ticket out of baseball -- he struck out 76 times in 209 at-bats, with a .158 batting average. He had many more strikeouts, in fact, than he had hits and walks combined (60). Scouts believe his defense is in serious regression, largely because … well, he's gotten large. "He's just too heavy to play at the level he used to play at in the outfield," one scout said on Saturday.

"He's fat," said another.

Via BTF.

Earlier:

MLB Approves Jones' Contract Modification, But He Still Can't Hit
Dodgers Working On Moving Andruw Jones; Better Get A Forklift, Ned
Stark: Dodgers, Mets In Trade Talks Over Andruw Jones (UPDATE: Or Not)
Andruw Jones In Winter Ball
Even In Winter Ball, Andruw Jones Still Sucks

Update: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, according to Scott Boras, the Dodgers will release Jones on January 15. Via Jon.

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