The Texas Rangers went 79-83 last year. Andruw Jones batted .158 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI in 75 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rangers seemed like a perfect place for him to resurrect his career, right? Well, it looks like Jones – who signed a $500,000 minor league deal with Texas in the offseason – will not make the team’s opening day roster.
So, Andruw Jones can’t crack the Rangers’ starting lineup, or even beat out Marlon Byrd as the team’s fourth outfielder. Earlier in the offseason, Jones reportedly turned down a multi-year deal with the Yankees to take the minor league contract with Texas.
Let me put this in plainer terms: Andruw Jones is washed up at age 31. 31!
This is a guy who took home Gold Gloves every year from 1998 to 2007. He also won the Silver Slugger and the National League’s Hank Aaron Award in 2005. From 1997 through 2007 he never played less than 153 games.
We’re just three years removed from Jones hitting 41 home runs, knocking in 127 RBI and scoring 107 runs in 2006. Now he’s essentially useless, and he’s only 31.
I doubt he’d even be able to convince strippers to bang him anymore.
Jones will likely opt out of his minor league deal with the Rangers and look for a home somewhere on a major league roster. But how crazy has his tumble from grace been?
I guess this is an example of a meteoric fall.