Rangers to Sign Andruw Jones to Minor League Contract

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with center fielder Andruw Jones, who was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers last month.

The deal was disclosed Sunday by a person familiar with the
agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Rangers
had not yet announced it. It was reported earlier by several media
outlets.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday night that a
deal could be announced as early as Monday.

If added to the major league roster, Jones would receive a
$500,000, one-year contract and the chance to earn about $1 million
more in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. That money
would be offset against remaining money owed by the Dodgers, whose
deal with Jones called for a $15 million salary in 2009.

Jones agreed to a $36.2 million, two-year contract with the
Dodgers in December 2007, then was released on Jan. 15 after
agreeing to defer much of the remaining money he was owed over six
years.

A five-time All Star who won 10 straight Gold Gloves with the
Atlanta Braves, Jones was injured last season and hit only .158
with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 75 games. He had knee surgery
in May and asked to be traded, but the Dodgers found no one
interested.


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