Dodgers Release MEGA Flop Andruw Jones

15 01 2009

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In a not so surprising move the Los Angeles Dodgers released outfielder and dutch native Andruw Jones. The Dodgers had some trade talks going on before releasing him but it looks like they were not able to come to an agreement with another club. Jones a 5 time all-star, and 10 time Gold Glove winner had a season from hell in 2008. First he started off the season struggling and hadn’t recorded a Home Run until 17 games into the season, then he hit the Disabled list in late May and had Knee surgery, July 4th marked his return but Jones continued to contribute very little to the Dodgers lineup and 23 days later he was benched by Joe Torre and at the time, Jones was batting .166 at the plate, with only two home runs and 12 RBI’s coupled with 68 strikeouts in 187 at-bats. On September 13th Joe Torre shut him down for the season and put him on the DL. Jones finished the season with a .158 batting average, three home runs, and 14 RBI and was sent home for the winter. Oh and did I mention he was making 18.1 Million per season? Yeah that’s right. The Dodgers signed him to a 2 year contract worth 36.2 Million in December of 2007 and figured him to be a huge addition to the team.

No one expected to see him batting 8th in the lineup early in the season, then later taking a backseat to the amazing Juan Pierre. Who wants Andruw now? Well none other than his former team the Atlanta Braves, it looks like all they need to do is put it in ink and he’ll be back home.

Despite his struggles last season at the plate hes still an above average outfielder and should have a few good seasons left in him if he is able to find his swing again.





Shortstop Michael Young Making The Switch To 3rd Base

15 01 2009

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Texas Rangers Shortstop Michael Young will be making the switch to 3rd Base MLB.com reports. Great news for Texas Rangers fans seeing as how it was only a couple days ago he refused the move and requested to be traded. The position change makes room for Shortstop Elvis Andrus who is one of the Rangers top prospects inside their organization. The Rangers received Andrus as a part of that seven player deal on July 31st, 2007 that saw Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay go to Atlanta for Andrus, Saltalamacchia, and three others. Rangers fans will be delighted to see hes listed on MLB.com’s Top 50 prospect list for the 2009 season. I don’t know how great he will be, but with a name like Elvis you surely can’t go wrong.

More good news? I don’t know if this qualifies as good news but it looks like the Texas Rangers may be close to signing Pitcher Freddy Garcia.