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Jerry_Manuel
11-13-2001, 09:44 PM
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
November 13, 2001


ATLANTA (AP) -- Andruw Jones could have tested his value on the open market after next season. Instead, he decided to stay with the Atlanta Braves.

Jones and the Braves agreed Tuesday to a $75 million, six-year contract that runs through 2007.

``Everybody was talking about going to free agency,'' Jones said. ``That was all just talk. I told the Braves when we were done with the season that we would talk and we would come to an agreement.''

That's exactly what happened. General manager John Schuerholz said the two sides met Monday and had no trouble working out a deal.

``Andruw decided what he wanted to do,'' Schuerholz said. ``When we spoke, we learned quickly that we were pretty much on the same page.''

Jones batted only .251 and struck out 142 times, but he also had 34 homers, 104 RBIs and won his fourth straight Gold Glove.

``He was still able to amass very, very strong numbers as far as run production,'' Schuerholz said. ``No one is totally happy with what Andruw did as compared to what he is capable of doing. But we still think he's one of the best, brightest, exciting young players in all of baseball.''

Jones is represented by Scott Boras, who has compared the 24-year-old outfielder with another of his clients, shortstop Alex Rodriguez. Almost a year ago, Rodriguez agreed to a record $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas.

While Jones won a record $8.2 million in salary arbitration last winter, he insisted that money was not his primary objective. He relied heavily on the counseling of his father, Henry.

``I don't want to have more money than everybody,'' Jones said. ``I just want to live comfortable. In the future, I don't want to do something else to raise my family. But I never thought about making $20 million.''

He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2002 World Series but felt comfortable with the Braves, a team that has won 10 straight division titles.

Jones alluded to Rodriguez, who had the best season of his career while the Rangers were finishing last in the AL West.

``All those people making $20 million never make the playoffs,'' Jones said. ``I want to stay with a team that's going back to the playoffs, back to the World Series.''

Jones' best year was 2000, when he batted .303 with 36 homers and 104 RBIs. This past season, he reported to spring training a little heavier and saw his average slip 52 points. His strikeouts jumped from 100 to 142.

Those numbers may have contributed to the firing of batting coach Merv Rettenmund, the only member of the staff who wasn't brought back for 2002.

``I didn't have the great season that everybody expected me to have,'' Jones said. ``This is a good chance for me to tie in for six years. When I'm 30, I can be a free agent again and we can make decisions on the contract again.''

Jones broke in with the Braves at age 19, homering in his first two World Series at-bats at Yankee Stadium in 1996. He became a fulltime starter the following season.

The long-term signing of Jones begins what figures to be a busy offseason for the Braves, who won lost to Arizona in the NL championship series.

Closer John Smoltz, catcher Javy Lopez, All-Star pitcher John Burkett and nine other players have filed for free agency.

``It really doesn't change anything,'' Schuerholz said. ``We do have some cost certainly with Andruw, which will be helpful as we move through the process. But we've got to be fluid and flexible.''

doublem23
11-13-2001, 10:05 PM
At least he stays in the National League.

danman31
11-13-2001, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by doublem23
At least he stays in the National League.

A guy like him that has almost everything. Speed, power, fielding, and throwing. If only he would get his average up he would be arguably the league's best CF(including Griffey Jr.), but that hasn't happened so Griffey Jr. is still much better. I wonder how many game Jones has won for the Braves just on defense. Probably as many as Jose lost for us last year.

duke of dorwood
11-14-2001, 09:12 AM
:manos

If the left me in center, I'd be getting this too

moochpuppy
11-14-2001, 09:16 AM
Ah, the rich lock up another star player for 6 years.


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Daver
11-14-2001, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by moochpuppy
Ah, the rich lock up another star player for 6 years.


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Say it all you want but Satan will be sucking icicles before it happens in baseball.

But then again what the hell do I know?