The Los Angeles Dodgers and free-agent center fielder Andruw Jones have agreed to terms on a contract worth $36 million over two-years. The deal makes Jones the fifth-highest paid player in baseball. Jones, 30, is a five-time All-Star and has also won 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards.
Playing for the Atlanta Braves during his entire 12-year career, Jones is a .263 lifetime batter with 368 home runs and 1,117 runs batted in. Andruw’s best season came in 2005 when he batted .263 with 51 home runs and 121 RBI.
The signing creates a log-jam in the outfield with the Dodgers. Jones, Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier all played well last season, and the Dodgers are also expected to add prospect Delwyn Young and the oft-injured Jason Repko to the Major League roster. Rumors continue to swirl that the Dodgers may move Pierre, Kemp, or Ethier along with other prospects for a third baseman from a list that includes former All-Star's Troy Glaus, Hank Blalock, and Scott Rolen.
The Dodgers have also been in talks with the Athletics for Dan Haren, and Baltimore for Erik Bedard, both All-Star pitchers last season. Los Angeles continues talks with free-agent Japanese League pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is also considering Seattle.