Dodgers Sign Andruw Jones

UPDATE, 12-6-07 at 7:42am: Make that $36.2MM, plus a no-trade clause.  I wonder why it was done with the huge $12.2MM bonus.  Meanwhile, Tom Krasovic said the Padres never got around to bidding on Jones despite the talk of a one-year, $17MM offer.

UPDATE, 12-6-07 at 1:14am: The salary structure to Jones’ deal is interesting: $9MM in ’08, $15MM in ’09, and a $12MM signing bonus.  That setup could make Jones much more tradeable if the need arises.

UPDATE, 12-6-07 at 12:23am: Tony Jackson has a hunch that the Dodgers will now trade Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier in a package for a frontline starter.

UPDATE, 12-5-07 at 11:50pm: The Dodgers have reached an agreement with Jones – two years, $36MM. Despite all the posturing from Scott Boras, the Dodgers got Andruw for a reasonable rate and term.  Nice move by Ned Colletti.

FROM 12-5-07 at 11:12pm:

Ned Colletti and Andruw Jones haven’t reached common ground, but they did make progress today.  It sounds like Colletti may be warming to the idea of three years.  No deal is expected before the end of the Meetings, though.

While the Royals have well-documented interest in Jones, former teammates indicate he prefers the NL.  In regards to his poor 2007, the article suggests a secret elbow injury may have contributed.

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