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Andruw signs with Dodgers

Andruw Jones reached an agreement with the LA Dodgers just in the last few minutes. Terms seem to be 2 years and $36 million, making him the highest paid center fielder out there. Good move by the Dodgers to get him for two years - if he's back to normal they get two years of production for a team that looks like they can contend behind a strong group of prospects and if he actually is declining rapidly, they're only on the hook for $36 million through 2009. Props to Colletti for getting this deal done and basically making Boras look like a fool after he claimed all along they were looking for a long term deal exclusively.

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071205&content_id=2319266&vkey=news _la&fext=.jsp&c_id=la

For what it's worth I expect a return to normal for Andruw, especially considering the injury rumors floating around. That normal may be a .260/.340/.500, but even that makes him one of the top handful of center fielders in the game and his defense is still well above average. The Braves weren't going to be able to afford him before the season and even with the train wreck he was this year, we just didn't have the payroll to even offer him arbitration. I'm not going to miss the hot dogging in center, the weak swings at breaking balls, or the rally killing ground outs however.

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