Braves center fielder Andruw Jones, whom the Braves had discussed in a possible trade with the Red Sox, was placed on the waiver list Tuesday.
Jones is one of hundreds of players to be put on the waiver list the past few days. Although the move might have been routine, he was caught by surprise when he learned of the latest development.
“I didn’t know,” Jones said after the Braves’ 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. “I’m not sure I even know what it means.”
“It is all supposed to be confidential, and teams can be reprimanded for making names public,” Braves general manager John Schuerholz said. “I’ve never commented on waivers, and I never will. It is not fair to the teams and the players.”
The slugger and Gold Glove winner (above)can become a free agent after the 2007 season and gains the right to veto a trade in mid-August as a player with 10 years in the majors and at least five with the same team.
Jones has spent his whole career with the Braves, but will be expensive to re-sign when his contract expires. His agent is Scott Boras.
“I want to stay in Atlanta, of course,” Jones said. “I don’t want to move, especially during the season.
“I’ll have to call my agent and see what he knows. I’m sure the talk is all because of my contract situation.”
Added ESPN.com’s Buster Olney,
I seriously doubt the Braves will trade Jones, who has tremendous value right now; as we head toward an offseason in which the likes of Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Lee may get $65 million or more, Jones at one year and $13.5 million is an incredible bargain.
(ADDENDUM : At least one club has claimed Jones. It now remains to be seen if said team can work out a compensatory package with the Braves.)
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