Andruw Jones aiming to return to Major League Baseball


Via Nick Cafardo’s notes column in the Boston Globe

Andruw Jones, OF/DH, free agent — After two seasons with Rakuten in Japan, where he hit 26 home runs with 94 RBIs (.845 OPS) and 24 homers with 71 RBIs (.820 OPS), with OBPs of .391 and .394, Jones will be returning to major league baseball. Agent Scott Boras claims there are at least two teams interested in Jones as a DH and/or righthanded platoon player. A 10-time Gold Glove outfielder, Jones would return with 434 homers and 1,289 RBIs.

Jones last appeared in the majors in 2012, when he batted .197/.294/.408 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 94 games for the Yankees.

The 37-year-old will surely have to settle for a minor league contract. He’d then have to earn a roster spot.

Jones played some first base during his two seasons in Japan. He started only one game in the outfield.