Dodgers, Andruw Jones to part ways after one season
The Times' Bill Shaikin reports that Andruw Jones and the Dodgers have agreed on a deal that would cut the outfielder’s 2009 salary and shave $12 million from the club payroll this year. Jones agreed to deferred payments on the $22 million the club still owes him in exchange for a trade or his release before spring training.
The savings could be applied toward a new offer to Manny Ramirez, but the two negotiations are independent of each other, Shaikin reports.
The former Atlanta Braves slugger has been anything but a slugger while with the Dodgers, who signed him last winter as a free agent, giving him a two-year, $36.2-million deal.
Jones, whose 2008 season was cut short by knee surgery, struck out 76 times in 209 at-bats for a .158 batting average while driving in only 14 runs in 75 games.
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-- Debbie Goffa
Photo: It was a familiar sight. Andruw Jones walking back to the dugout after striking out. This was from a game in April. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times