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Monday, January 05, 2009

Report: Andruw Jones Quits Winter Ball

The usually accurate Raul Tavares sends me the following missive via e-mail (spelling and punctuation is all original):
Hi rob, happy new year, just a few lines to let you know that andruw jones left his team for good, and is not coming back, the reason is that his wife is sick, but the real reason for me is that the team asked him to leave.

He was struggling here, only a .148 ave, slow in defense, the team was desperate and they did not release him just because furcal recomended him and did not want to upset rafael, jones replacement hit a 3 run hr and aguilas won just the second game of the semi finals.

Update: Thanks for the link from Sabernomics. (By the way, guys, the answer is "no".)

Update 2: Confirmation from the Times, at least, that Jones has left his DWL team, the Aquilas Cibaenas because of his wife's illness.

"Both parties made a decision that it was best for Andruw to get a fresh start somewhere else," Boras said. "We amicably worked out a deal to get this done."

Boras also said he wanted to show the Dodgers his willingness to resolve problems involving his clients.

"They took a big pill here," Boras said of the Dodgers. "It was a positive for both sides, really. ...Andruw felt it was best for him."

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