The Rangers are going to sign Andruw Jones to a minor league deal. If he makes the major league team, he'll only make $500,000, with the opportunity to earn $1 million in incentives. That's right, the Rangers will get full use of Jones for no more than $1.5 million, while the Dodgers still owe him $22.1 million.
Granted, Jones had a terrible year last year, even worse than Corey Patterson. He hit .158 with 3 HR and 14 RBI. Just atrocious numbers. But he was also an elite player not too long ago. The Rangers get a chance to perhaps get something near that production for the major league minimum. Meanwhile, it will be a miraculous happening if we get 3 HR all season from our center fielder all year, and we gave him a two year deal.
I see this kind of deal, and Pat Burrell's contract and can't help but wonder what might have happened if Jocketty was just a little bit better at playing hardball. Sigh.