Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Free Agent Watch: Andruw Jones

Andruw Jones has had a long big time career. He has a career OBP of .339, .827 OPS, 1.43 PPG and 2.57 PAPP. He has a PPS of 91.59, secondary average of .362, and a .247 Isolated Slugging. He has also walked more than 10 percent of the time, and has been one of the best defensive players in the past decade plus. One would think all this to add up to someone making at least 10-15 million dollars a year. In fact, no. The Yankees paid a grand total of 1.5 million dollars for Jones in 2011. He also played in just 77 games, He registered a .9 WAR, and over the past 3 years, he has a .933 WAR average, worth about 2.7 million dollars. In 2011, he put up a very solid .356 OBP, and .851 OPS. This doesn't mention his great Secondary Average of .400, or his awesome 104.95 PPS (he had a career high 4.3 pitches per plate appearances, but he has been close to that number before). His PPG was just .95, but his PAPP was 2.49. He again walked more than 10 percent of the time. He seems to have somewhat changed as a hitter, and for the better. He does not have the power and production he used to have, but he has become more efficient. He is no longer the great fielder he used to be and is relegated to corner outfield, but he still had a .1 D-WAR. He probably can't be counted on to play every day, but can certainly play more than the 77 games the Yankees let him play in. It is hard for someone to play in the Big Apple and be underrated and undervalued, but Andruw Jones may accomplish just that. The age will scare a bunch of people off, but he is a great 1-2 year solution to a corner outfield problem.

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