The frustration hadn't set in yet when Chipper Jones signed a three-year extension with the Braves this March. He had just won a batting title and his OPS had exceeded 1.000 for a second straight season. Now, Jones says he may retire before his contract expires, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I'm certainly not going to stick around for a big contract if I'm not having fun and not producing," Jones said. "I'm not saying I'm retiring at the end of this year or the end of next year, but if I become an average player, I'm not sticking around."
Jones, who says he doesn't want to hamstring the Braves with his contract, has a .390 OBP in an otherwise disappointing season. He's hitting nearly 100 points lower than he did last year and has just 16 homers. He's a defensive liability according to UZR/150, but he still walks more than he strikes out and many players would love an .827 OPS. If Jones can't meet his own expectations, he says he'll stop playing.