Monday, January 5, 2009

Andruw Jones anyone?

So the Dodgers just bought out Andruw Jones. They are going to defer his money over the next few years and so on and so forth. Whatever. Why? Because the dude sucks now, that's why. And theGiants almost signed him last year. Thank god for the youth movement huh...

The Dodgers are going to try and trade him, and his no contract now...and most likely won't be able to find a taker because, well, he sucks now. Why would I give up a low end minor league prospect for a guy when I can probably sign him for less than $1 million in a few weeks after they release him. hmmm....

Jones, he of whom blasted 41 homeruns in 2006, who was the Atlanta Braves pride and joy for 12 seasons, who has hit 371 career homeruns and is still only 31 years old, seems to be washed up. People in the industry seem to think he has a weight problem and no workout motivation. Well, that ought to do it. But is he really washed up???

Only one way to find out, and one lucky team is going to. Some team will end up signing Jones to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, or something very close to that. No matter what the dealis, it will be close to the amount of money Tim Lincecum willmake this season if he doesn't sign a long term deal with the Giants, and that will be less than $1 million.

So why not the Giants? If Jones price does fall to that, virtually nothing, only guarentee'd money if he makes the club out of camp, would you want the Giants to try??? What if he rebounds this year and hits 30 homeruns, bats .260 or better, is able to play center, heck left or right, can be a productive 4th or 5th outfielder??? Would you pay him $1 million dollars to take Dave Roberts spot on the pine???

To me, if he would sign here for that, i'd give him a shot in a heart beat. What's the worst that can happen. He sucks, we cut him, then never think about him again, and we are out 500K!!!

This is a deal they could do regardless of the rest of the offseason, regardless of any trade involving Sanchez or not, bringing a 3B in, signing a Burrell or a Dunn, signing a Manny, or clearing room for him. Chances are, the Giants may cut Dave Roberts and eat his $6.5 million even if they make no other moves this offseason...

So what would you do???

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

ONLY to a minor league deal I would sign jones
anything more than $2MM a year HELL NO

Kriz said...

If the Giants can get him cheap and he doesn't report to camp in shape they can always stick him the Lou Seal costume for 81 games.

SFJames said...

While I understand your point, don't we have enough outfielders that we don't need to sign an injury prone overweight guy? Isn't there someone out there in the same situation that could serve as a back-up (or starting) third baseman?

Jim Ellis said...

Yeah, we do have enough OF's. My point was simply if everything fell into place right, would he be someone we should even consider.

The chances are great that S.F. will never get that opportunity, as it already sounds as if he wants to return to Atlanta.

My point was more of an IF the Giants rid themselves of Dave Roberts AND IF the Giants traded either Rowand or Winn, AND there wasn't really a clear cut 5th OF already on the team, would it be worth the look.

I think the point may already be Moot.