Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

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Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011.
Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t want to be go out because of an injury.
“I’m going to go through this rehab process just like I was going to get ready for spring training,” Jones said. “I fully expect to come into camp next spring, ready to go.”
Prior to the injury Jones hit .307/.391/.533 with four homers and five doubles in 23 games since the All-Star break and he cited that turnaround following a poor (for him, at least) first half as part of the reason for his change of plans. He’s under contract for $13 million next season and $13 million in 2012, and his announcement seemingly makes the Braves far less likely to acquire a long-term solution at third base like Chone Figgins.

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.