Jones open to talks with Braves when deal runs out
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."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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