Andruw Jones Will Be a Free Man Today
Wait, traded? Is there really a team out there willing to give the Dodgers an actual asset for the right to acquire Jones? Apparently so. In fact, as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com tells it, the Dodgers have had talks with not one but two teams about the out-of-shape, overpaid center fielder.
When you think about it, it's not as crazy as it sounds. For one, the Dodgers know they're going to be eating his salary no matter what, so I doubt they're asking prospective suitors to contribute much more than the veteran's minimum.
Why not wait until he's a free agent? Because if there are multiple teams out there willing to take a flyer on him, he might end up costing more than the league minimum. Anyone who's slightly interested may as well send their last guy on their 40-man roster (the guy they'd likely have to waive anyway before Jones can make the big league roster) to the Dodgers.
That said, don't hold your breath waiting on a trade -- just because it's not completely crazy doesn't mean it's going to happen. Jones was an absolute disaster at the plate last year and didn't look much better last month before being kicked off his winter ball team. There may not be more than one or two teams who still think he's worth another look.
Sure, there's been some chatter about whether the Braves should give him another shot, but that's based as much in nostalgia as it is reality. There are a lot of talented free agents still on the market worth exploring before teams start worrying about scraping the bottom of the barrel. If Jones gets a job this year, it may not come until after the season starts.