During his 17-year career Andruw Jones has spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and most recently the New York Yankees. According to Nikkan Sports Jones has decided to continue his playing career overseas, signing a one-year deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles estimated to be worth around $3.5 million.
At one point Jones looked destined for the Hall of Fame. He won ten consecutive Gold Gloves, was a five-time All-Star, and led the majors in home runs (51) and RBI (128) in 2005 while finishing second in the National League’s MVP Award voting, but hasn’t appeared in more than 107 games since the 2007 season. At 35-years old his time as an everyday outfielder in the major leagues had long since passed and an opportunity such as this one is likely his best chance to continue playing regularly.
Jones is a lifetime .254/.337/.486 hitter with 434 home runs (40th all-time) and 1,289 RBI. In 1996 he became the youngest player to hit a home run during the playoffs with a two-run shot in game 7 of the NLCS. That same postseason he became the second player to hit home runs in his first two World Series at-bats in game 1 against the New York Yankees.
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