Dodgers release Andruw Jones – are they making room for Manny?

The Dodgers decided to release outfielder Andruw Jones after just one season despite giving a two-year, $36.2 million contract.

Andruw JonesThe 31-year-old center fielder reported to spring training overweight, then was booed roundly by fans as he struggled at the plate during the season. He had knee surgery in May and finished the season on the bench as the Dodgers won the NL West and beat the Chicago Cubs in the NL divisional series before losing to Philadelphia in the NL Championship Series.

Jones asked to be traded after that and the Dodgers tried, but found no takers. The Dodgers owe Jones $22.1 million, which he’ll receive over the next six years.

When the Dodgers added Manny Ramirez in a trade deadline deal July 31, that left Jones with minimal opportunities. But with the staggering performance by Ramirez (.396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 53 games) and the fine work of fellow outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, Jones was hardly missed.

With Jones out of the way, it’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers put an end to their dance with Manny Ramirez. The club is offering him a two- to three-year contract, but Manny wants a deal somewhere in the five-year range. The Dodgers seem to be the only true contender for Manny’s services, especially now that rumors of the Giants being interested have proven to be false.

What’s next for Jones? A once promising career appears to be falling apart and it’s highly unlikely any team signs him for more than one year after the debacle in L.A. Maybe he can return to Atlanta?

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