Report: Braves look to lock up Jones

Updated: March 31, 2009, 12:58 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Atlanta Braves already lost one icon this offseason. They appear unwilling to let another one walk.

Jones
Jones

Chipper Jones and the team are on the verge of completing an extension that would keep the third baseman in Atlanta through the 2013 season, MLB.com reported on Monday night.

"We're talking and moving closer to getting something done," Braves general manager Frank Wren said, according to the Web site.

An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.

Jones was selected by the Braves with the first overall pick in the 1990 draft and he made his major league debut in 1993. In his first full season, in 1995, Jones helped the Braves win the World Series.

By 1996, Jones was an All-Star, and he has gone to the Midsummer Classic six times. The switch hitter won the MVP in 1999.

Jones comes into the season with a career .310 batting average, with 408 home runs and 1,374 RBIs.

Injuries have limited his time on the field in recent years but not his effectiveness. Jones led the league in batting average last season at .364.