Heard today that the Yankees were just finalizing some language in Andruw Jones’ contract. Now the deal is finally official. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.
Jones, 33, is a 15-year Major League veteran, appearing in 2,025 combined games with Atlanta (1996-2007), Los Angeles-NL (2008), Texas (2009) and Chicago-AL (2010). He owns a .256 (1,840-for-7,176) career batting average with 368 doubles, 36 triples, 407 home runs and 1,222 RBI, and is one of four players all time with at least 400 career home runs and 10 Gold Glove Awards, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Ways and Mike Schmidt.
Originally signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent in 1993, Jones is tied for 46th on Baseball’s all-time home runs list, hitting at least 25 homers in 10 consecutive seasons from 1998-2007 (tied for sixth-most such seasons among active players) and recording seven seasons of 30-or-more home runs. He has also collected at least 100 RBI in a season five times and scored at least 100 runs four times.
Jones’s defense garnered him 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards with the Braves from 1998-2007, making him one of just five outfielders in Major League history to win the honor that many times – also Roberto Clemente (12), Willie Mays (12), Ken Griffey Jr. (10) and Al Kaline (10). He owns a career fielding percentage of .990, including a .992 mark in centerfield (39 E, 4,597 TC).
He is a career .273 (65-for-238) batter in the postseason with eight doubles, 10 home runs and 33 RBI, appearing in 75 career playoff games. He has twice appeared in the World Series in 1996 and 1999 with Atlanta, losing both times to the Yankees. In his first career World Series contest (Game 1 in 1996), he went 3-for-4 with three runs, two home runs and five RBI at the original Yankee Stadium, homering in each of his first two World Series at-bats to join Oakland Gene Tenance (1972) as the only players all time to accomplish the feat.
Jones batted .230 (64-for-278) with 41 runs, 12 doubles, 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 107 games with the White Sox in 2010, appearing at all three outfield positions (62 games in right field, 17 in centerfield and 12 in left field). He recorded his highest average, on-base percentage (.341) and slugging percentage (.486) since 2006, while his average of 14.63 AB/HR was the sixth-highest in the Majors among players with at least 100 games played.
He is a career .261 (461-for-1,768) batter against left-handed pitchers with 102 home runs.
A native of Willemstad, Curacao, Jones became the third player from Curacao to reach the Majors when he made his debut at 19 years, three months and 23 days old on August 15, 1996 with Atlanta, joining Yankees outfielder Hensley Meulens and Florida’s Ralph Malliard.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees designated RHP Brian Schlitter for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
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