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Jones open to talks with Braves when deal runs out

9/17/2007 - MLB Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves + more

ATLANTA -- Despite a disappointing season and impending free
agency, Andruw Jones still hopes to be playing for the Braves in
2008.

There have been no contract negotiations between the team and
agent Scott Boras, though Jones is likely to be more affordable
than he was at the start of the season. Jones is hitting just .222 with 25 homers and 91
RBIs.

"If they want me here, I'll be here," Jones said. "It just
depends on what the Braves want to do."

The Braves have shown no inclination to discuss a new contract
with Jones, probably figuring he would be too expensive to fit
within their budget. The likelihood of him returning to the only
team he's ever played for became even more remote when Atlanta
acquired Mark Teixeira at the trade deadline.

Teixeira is under contract at least through next season and
eligible for arbitration, which will surely increase his salary
from the $9 million he's making this year.

But Jones isn't giving up.

"That's the way the Braves always deal with free agency," he
said. "We'll have to see what happens. Hopefully, they'll come up
with something. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't."