Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Garret Jones, late of the Yankees, Marlins and Pirates, has signed to play for the Yomiuri Giants of NPB. He will make $2.8 million in 2016, with incentives on top of that.
Jones is 34. He was a late-bloomer, getting his first MLB action at age 26 with the Twins, but not really sticking until his age 28 season with the Pirates. His calling card has always been power, with three 20+ home run seasons and a career slugging percentage of .445. Which, of course, isn’t so good that it can carry him as a regular in MLB unless he’s having a hit-lucky year like he had in 2009 and 2012. In 2015 he struggled in 57 games for the Yankees, hitting .215/.257/.351 with five homers. Lefties have also always been an issue for him.
A nearly $3 million payday for Jones at this point is a pretty good deal for him given that he’d be a minor league deal/camp-invite kind of guy if he stayed in the states.