THE FREE AGENT: There have been minimal discussions about former Atlanta Braves center fielder Andruw Jones this week at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. Word has it that his agent Scott Boras has been looking for the same kind of contract Torii Hunter got from the Angels (five years, $90 million).
- The Dodgers have remained a constant when talks surround Jones. Los Angeles general manager Nick Colletti has made a two-year offer worth $32 million, an offer that he does not appear willing to raise.
- The Nationals were considering him until they acquired Lastings Milledge.
- Shortly after Jose Guillen agreed to his deal with the Royals, chatter began that Jones might follow him there, because of his relationship with general manager Dayton Moore from their days in Atlanta.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
- "I think Andruw Jones is going to bounce back and have a good year, no matter whoever he plays for. With all my respect to Torii Hunter, I don't see anyone better than that kid when I was playing with him." -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
- "You're talking about a guy with 10 Gold Gloves in a row and 25 home runs 10 years in a row. The fact is, this guy in his worst year had 26 home runs, 94 RBI and a Gold Glove. When you go back and look at the best center fielders out there today ... " -- Agent Scott Boras
CHANCES OF SIGNING WITH ...
- Dodgers: Good if his agent doesn't mess it up
- Royals: Good since he knows the management
- Giants: Are high if neither don't get what they really want
- White Sox: Is not likely considering Jones probably doesn't want to play in cold weather
- Braves: No chance as long as Boras is around
-- From staff and wire reports
BY THE NUMBERS
A look at Andruw Jones' numbers the past three years and his overall career numbers:
2007: .222 avg., 26 HR, 94 RBI
2006: . 262 avg., 41 HR, 129 RBI
2005: .263 avg., 51 HR, 128 RBI
Career: .263, 368 HR, 1,117 RBI in 1,761 games