Dodgers Reel in Andruw Jones

Coming off down year, Gold Glove outfielder gets 2 years, $36M to bring pop to LA lineup
By Kevin Langbaum,  Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2007 4:28 PM CST
Atlanta Braves center fielder Andruw Jones dives for a ball hit for a single by Philadelphia Phillies Chase Utley in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/John...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones agreed to a two-year, $36.2 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday, the AP reports. The 10-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star hit .222 last season but is being counted on to give Los Angeles a reliable slugger in the middle of the lineup and an upgrade defensively in centerfield.

The move gives Jones, 30, the fifth-highest salary in baseball and could allow the Dodgers to trade from a surplus of outfielders—perhaps for a starting pitcher like Baltimore's Erik Bedard or Oakland's Dan Haren. Jones' agent, Scott Boras, had expected the centerfielder to command a five-year, $100 million contract, but last season's downturn scared teams off.