Rangers sign Andruw Jones to minor league contract

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Rangers have signed outfielder Andruw Jones to a minor league contract.

An official announcement is expected soon, general manager Jon Daniels said. Jones will make $500,000 if he makes the big-league roster and can earn another $1 million in performance bonuses.

Jones, a 13-year veteran who turns 32 in April, is another low-risk, high-reward signing by the Rangers. Overweight last season, Jones hit only .158 with three home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he had knee surgery in May.

But Jones has lost weight, perhaps as much as 25 pounds, and the Rangers hope that Jaramillo can help him find the powerful stroke that produced at least 25 homers for 10 consecutive seasons from 1998 to 2007.

This was a solid signing by the Rangers. If he’s brutal in spring training, then the team could cut ties and not lose much in the deal. But if he’s in shape and ready to compete again, then maybe Texas just got one of the better bargain deals of the offseason.

Either way, this is probably Jones’ last chance to make an impact at the major league level.

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