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N.Z's #1 Dodger
01-02-2009, 10:45 PM
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ne...t=.jsp&c_id=la


01/02/09 8:50 PM EST
Dodgers, Jones strike deal to part ways
Veteran outfielder will be released or traded before Spring Training
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

LOS ANGELES -- Andruw Jones and the Dodgers have reached an agreement to defer much of his remaining salary while virtually assuring he will not be with the club in 2009.

Jones will either be traded or released before the start of Spring Training and perhaps sometime this month, according to an industry source.

The agreement will allow Jones a fresh start elsewhere after a nightmare of a first season and provide the Dodgers with additional payroll flexibility that could be used to re-sign free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez.

The Major League Baseball Players Association approved the unusual agreement because Jones will receive his entire salary, as well as the possible benefit of free agency should he be released.

Jones is owed about $21.1 million from a back-loaded two-year contract. Instead of paying that total amount this year, the agreement spreads out the Dodgers' payments for as many as six years. The amount deferred could be as much as $12 million.

Before Jones left the club during its 2008 division-title run in September, he told teammates he did not want to return to Los Angeles for the final year of a $36.2 million contract signed in December 2007 and would waive his no-trade protection.

Jones is represented by Scott Boras, who is also the agent for Ramirez. Negotiations between Boras and the Dodgers for Ramirez resumed this week. Ramirez is seeking a four- or five-year deal, while the Dodgers' offer of two years and $45 million plus an option was ignored by Ramirez and withdrawn by the club six weeks ago.

Reports from San Francisco indicate the Giants, benefiting from a partial interest in a regional sports network, either have or will make an offer for Ramirez. The Angels, although they declared themselves out of the Ramirez chase, are rumored to be reconsidering.

There appeared to be little interest for Ramirez during the past two months. But since Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees, Ramirez has become the most potent consolation prize to teams Teixeira spurned, the Angels among them.

The departures of 16 free agents have allowed the Dodgers to shed nearly $50 million from last year's payroll to this point, not counting whatever the club defers from Jones' salary.

Wow, this is a rather odd way to do things right? Who would actually want this bum, any ideas?

Liney3506
01-02-2009, 10:48 PM
Um, I hear the Mets were interested, haha.

JDIsMyGod23
01-02-2009, 10:50 PM
Calfornia Penal League here we come.

Towelie
01-02-2009, 10:51 PM
Good luck.

ThisIsTheYear
01-02-2009, 10:51 PM
If he ends up in a Mets uniform, the antichrist has officially landed on earth.

Liney3506
01-02-2009, 10:56 PM
Calfornia Penal League here we come.

I hear there's a kid named Rick Vaughn in that league. He any good?

The L Train
01-02-2009, 11:09 PM
If he ends up in a Mets uniform, the antichrist has officially landed on earth.

and his name is omar

CHRISDODGERS
01-02-2009, 11:16 PM
:dance2:

drdirt
01-02-2009, 11:18 PM
and i thought sabean was a little:eyebrow: look what he taught colleti to do:rolleyes:

Sport
01-02-2009, 11:19 PM
I really believe Jones could latch on to a team and be a good outfielder. Maybe not start, but he could make a difference.

x_notorious
01-02-2009, 11:19 PM
The Dodgers will pony up the cash to Manny with Jones out of the way.

ThisIsTheYear
01-02-2009, 11:19 PM
and his name is omar

Well, really his name is Jim Duquette but he is just taking over Omar's body.

drdirt
01-02-2009, 11:22 PM
I really believe Jones could latch on to a team and be a good outfielder. Maybe not start, but he could make a difference.

yeah some poor rookie will lose his shot a making the team because jones once had a bat and defense

bronxbombers427
01-03-2009, 12:13 AM
i dont think he will be able to find a new home

Mig7
01-03-2009, 12:34 AM
mark my words, a new, humble beginning for AJ will make all the difference. I think, for the right $$, he's worth the risk.

dodgernation
01-03-2009, 01:17 AM
:dance:

metsbulls1025
01-03-2009, 01:25 AM
I don't know why people think he won't be attractive to teams. When players like Fernando Tatis and Miguel Batista get 2nd and 3rd chances. This man had monster years except the last 2 and was the best defensive CF in the game. He will find a home and it will be for very cheap. Im not on the bandwagon but to say this man will have trouble getting signed is crazy.

ugadawgsfan17
01-03-2009, 01:39 AM
I don't know why people think he won't be attractive to teams. When players like Fernando Tatis and Miguel Batista get 2nd and 3rd chances. This man had monster years except the last 2 and was the best defensive CF in the game. He will find a home and it will be for very cheap. Im not on the bandwagon but to say this man will have trouble getting signed is crazy.

The difference is, those guys were able to keep themselves in good shape. they didn't come into the majors looking like This (http://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/p879303dt.jpg) and now looks like This (http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/038odFS9bGbLv/340x.jpg)

Maz60
01-03-2009, 09:21 AM
Boras has to have linked this to the Dodgers signing Manny.

dodgersuck
01-03-2009, 12:38 PM
hahaha, somehow i see someone random like the pirates signing AJ and then he turns out to be nasty

Tragedy
01-03-2009, 01:28 PM
What a horrendous contract to begin with.

At least they didn't sign him to some silly 5 year deal, though.

CHRISDODGERS
01-03-2009, 03:45 PM
hahaha, somehow i see someone random like the pirates signing AJ and then he turns out to be nasty

If that happened... all I could do would be laugh...

25YrsNcounting
01-03-2009, 04:15 PM
I hear there's a kid named Rick Vaughn in that league. He any good?

I read somewhere that he's got great velocity but has control issues.

tomno00
01-03-2009, 04:17 PM
nice ****