The Dodgers have signed free agent centerfieler Andruw Jones to a two-year $36.2 million dollar contract. Jones is coming off a disasterous season where he hit .222 with 24 home runs and 94 RBI’s. This is a far cry from his .263/34/103 season averages.
Jones was hoping to land a big contract this off-season, similar to what Alfonso Soriano received from the Cubs last year, but with his poor season the interest simply wasn’t there. Signing a two-year deal was the best avaiable offer. This isn’t saying he still won’t get that big contract. Jones will only be 32 when his contract with the Dodgers is up.
While Jones is making $18.1 million a season, a two-year deal isn’t a bad gamble for the Dodgers. Given how much Jones’ numbers dropped last season, there’s a good chance he’ll bounce back in 2008.
The Dodger’s signing Jones might only be the begining of a pending trade. The Dodgers now have Jones, Matt Kemp, Juan Pierre, and Andre Either all looking for regular playing time in the outfield.
WFAN in New York is reporting the Orioles and Dodgers are nearing a deal that would send pitcher Erik Bedard to Los Angeles for Matt Kemp and Jonathon Broxton.
Varied rumors have said that Bedard’s deal would be similar to what the Twins would get for Johan Santana. Do you think the Dodgers can get Santana for Kemp and Broxton? I don’t think so.
The Orioles need to be smart. Bedard is in high demand right now. Sure, he might not want to sign an extension, but it doesn’t mean they have to deal him this off-sesaon. He’s still Orioles property for two more seasons. If they were to trade him they need to get maximum value for him. When dealing with the Dodgers not trade fro Bedard should go down without the Orioles receiving Clayton Kershaw in the package.
Although Andy MacPhail is the new sheriff-in-town in the Emerald City, the Orioles have a history of making less than desirable moves, mainly due to owner Peter Angelos. MacPhail’s known as a very deliberate and methodical guy, so it should be interesting how the Bedard trade talks progress.