End of an era: Braves cut ties with center fielder Andruw Jones

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  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    The Atlanta Braves are cutting ties with Andruw Jones, saying they can't afford to keep the perennial Gold Glove center fielder who's spent his entire career with the organization.
    General manager John Schuerholz announced the decision Tuesday, shortly after breaking the news to Jones at Turner Field.
    While hoping to stay in Atlanta, Jones wasn't caught off-guard by the team's stance. He made $13.5 million this season and was looking for a raise despite slumping badly.
    "I'm fine with it," Jones told The Associated Press when reached on his cell phone. "I'm appreciative of the chance they gave me to play for Atlanta all these years. I understand the decision they have to make. That's just the way it is. It's a business." Indeed, the move was not unexpected as the 30-year-old Jones batted only .222 in the final season of his $75 million contract. He's eligible to file for free agency after the World Series.

    It just doesn't work for us," Schuerholz said. "It doesn't demean or diminish everything he's done."

    The Braves plan to use the money they'll save on Jones to bolster their starting rotation -- a glaring weakness beyond John Smoltz and Tim Hudson -- and to sign first baseman Mark Teixeira, who made $9 million this year and is eligible for arbitration.
    Still, it was the end of an era in Atlanta. Jones first joined the Braves as a 19-year-old, hitting two homers in his first World Series game at Yankee Stadium in 1996. He has been one of the game's greatest defensive outfielders, winning nine straight Gold Gloves with his diving catches and over-the-wall grabs in center.
    Jones also was one of the game's top sluggers in 2005-06, combining for 92 homers and 257 RBIs, but his production tailed off dramatically this season.
    Jones fell to his worst average since becoming a full-time starter in 1997, with 26 homers and 94 RBIs.
    Schuerholz said the team got an offer from Jones' agent, Scott Boras, last December but never seriously considered it.
    Boras withdrew the offer, believed to be in the $20-million-a-year range, over the summer when the Braves never responded, Schuerholz said.
    "What that did was to signal what we could fully expect," the GM said. Asked how much Boras was asking for, Schuerholz held his right hand over his head. "I can't reach that high," he quipped.
    Jones is only the latest longtime Braves player to cut ties with Atlanta, following Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Javy Lopez. Once one of baseball's highest-spending teams under Ted Turner, the Braves cut their budget in recent years and went through a chance in corporate owners.
    Jones spent much of the year preparing to play elsewhere in 2008
    "I've been telling people this for a long time," he said. "It's a business. You can't take it to heart. I just have to move on and start with a new team."
    When it comes to contract matters, Schuerholz normally deals only with a player's agent. But he decided to call in Jones for a face-to-face meeting.
    "It was appropriate for Andruw," Schuerholz said. "He deserved that." Associated Press freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.

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  2. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    It's always kind of sad when a player as good as Jones gets cut. But he just wasn't producing this year and with all the young talent they got it really isn't a shocker. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up next year.
     
  3. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    He wanted a raise?

    What a shmuck, he blew this year. How the hell could he expect a raise?
     
  4. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    The reason why he's demanding a raise is because before this season he has put great numbers, and one tons of gold gloves. He does deserve a raise, and I don't think that the Braves would be able to re-sign him anyways. I am sure there's going to a lot of teams interested in him this off season, and those teams won't be afraid to give him the big bucks, and one of the reason is because they know what to expect from him, and that's great defense and good offense.
     
  5. Zanthrax54

    Zanthrax54 Guest

    all things must come to an end...me being a Phillies fan, I hate the Braves...SO GOOD!
     
  6. Millz

    Millz Black 7! Staff Member V.I.P.

    Ah this sucks. I remember when he was 19 and he hit a home run in the World Series against the Yankees. I'm not a huge fan of his, but it sucks he won't be back.
     
  7. Rise Up! (Witness™)

    Rise Up! (Witness™) Registered Member

    Tori Hunter has singled out a couple of teams he would consider trying to get a deal from. They were both in the National League, the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.

    Being a huge Atlanta Braves fan, it would be a fantastic addition to our ball club if we could get Hunter under contract. He would do a great job filling in for Andruw (who is my favorite player) because he can play stellar defense and has a great stick as well.

    Hunter's 2007 Stats:

    AVG-.287
    HR-28
    RBI's-107
    SLG-.505

    Hunter had a great year last season, hopefully the Braves can get him under contract and he can get us to the post season!
     
  8. SHOELESSJOE3

    SHOELESSJOE3 Registered Member

    One thing Andruw has going for him, the guy will be 31 years old when the 2008 season begins. Unlike many others turned loose by some teams he still could have some good years left. We know what a great outfielder he is on defense and I would think a number of teams would be interested in him. Sure he had some off seasons of late with the bat but who can say he's done, he's young enough to maybe do better in another uniform.
     

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