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Nikkan Sports: Rakuten Eagles have reportedly signed Andruw Jones

by on Dec.08, 2012 @ 2:26 pm, under NPB

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Rakuten Eagles have agreed to terms with thirty-five-year-old Andruw Jones.  The contract is reportedly a one-year deal worth a total 300 million yen (includes performance bonuses).  The deal will be officially announced pending the results of a physical.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/8/2012

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UPDATE @ 12/9 @ 4:47pm - Nikkan Sports has posted the following comment from Jones:

All I can say is that I am excited.  This gives me [a chance] at a fresh start.  More than anything, I can not wait to play in games every day.  It is unfortunate, but the last five years I had to be content with being a back-up player.  I could not get a lot of plate appearances and I could not put up the kind of numbers I wanted to.  It was a dilemma I was struggling with.  I am confident I can put up good numbers if I can get 500 plate appearances a year.  Batting average, home runs, it is all about playing on a regular basis and getting into a good groove.  Defense is the same thing.  I want playing time and the Eagles turned to me.  I have been to Japan three times for baseball.  I am looking forward to playing in Sendai.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2012

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Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1996 19 ATL NL 31 113 106 11 23 7 1 5 13 3 0 7 29 .217 .265 .443 .709 47 1 0 0 0 0
1997 20 ATL NL 153 467 399 60 92 18 1 18 70 20 11 56 107 .231 .329 .416 .745 166 11 4 5 3 2
1998 21 ATL NL 159 631 582 89 158 33 8 31 90 27 4 40 129 .271 .321 .515 .836 300 10 4 1 4 8
1999 22 ATL NL 162 679 592 97 163 35 5 26 84 24 12 76 103 .275 .365 .483 .848 286 12 9 0 2 11
2000 23 ATL NL 161 729 656 122 199 36 6 36 104 21 6 59 100 .303 .366 .541 .907 355 12 9 0 5 0
2001 24 ATL NL 161 693 625 104 157 25 2 34 104 11 4 56 142 .251 .312 .461 .772 288 10 3 0 9 3
2002 25 ATL NL 154 659 560 91 148 34 0 35 94 8 3 83 135 .264 .366 .513 .878 287 14 10 0 6 4
2003 26 ATL NL 156 659 595 101 165 28 2 36 116 4 3 53 125 .277 .338 .513 .851 305 18 5 0 6 2
2004 27 ATL NL 154 646 570 85 149 34 4 29 91 6 6 71 147 .261 .345 .488 .833 278 24 3 0 2 9
2005 28 ATL NL 160 672 586 95 154 24 3 51 128 5 3 64 112 .263 .347 .575 .922 337 19 15 0 7 13
2006 29 ATL NL 156 669 565 107 148 29 0 41 129 4 1 82 127 .262 .363 .531 .894 300 13 13 0 9 9
2007 30 ATL NL 154 659 572 83 127 27 2 26 94 5 2 70 138 .222 .311 .413 .724 236 16 8 0 9 4
2008 31 LAD NL 75 238 209 21 33 8 1 3 14 0 1 27 76 .158 .256 .249 .505 52 5 1 0 1 0
2009 32 TEX AL 82 331 281 43 60 18 0 17 43 5 1 45 72 .214 .323 .459 .782 129 7 2 0 3 3
2010 33 CHW AL 107 328 278 41 64 12 1 19 48 9 2 45 73 .230 .341 .486 .827 135 15 3 0 2 0
2011 34 NYY AL 77 222 190 27 47 8 0 13 33 0 0 29 62 .247 .356 .495 .851 94 3 3 0 0 0
2012 35 NYY AL 94 269 233 27 46 7 0 14 34 0 0 28 71 .197 .294 .408 .701 95 2 5 0 3 1
Totals 2196 8664 7599 1204 1933 383 36 434 1289 152 59 891 1748 .254 .337 .486 .823 3690 192 97 6 71 69

4 comments on “Nikkan Sports: Rakuten Eagles have reportedly signed Andruw Jones

  1. Steve Novosel

    Damn, that’s a huge signing. 126 OPS+ in 2011 in the AL, 10-time gold glover. Wow. If he’s got anything at all left in the tank, he’s going to be huge for them.

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  2. IM

    Excited to see how he’ll do, especially for Rakuten. He’s a long ways removed from when he was an absolute stud outfielder, but I could see him putting up some good numbers as a DH.

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  3. muratafan

    Wow….this is RISKY and can’t believe my Eagles actually did something of this much controversy. Jones is very overweight and I am just wondering how much he has left in the tank.

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  4. Kyle

    He has a bunch of power, but will likely strike out a ton. I’ll be an optimist, and hope that he is a bit better than the likes of Luis Garcia and Jose Fernandez.

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