Thanksgiving leftovers: good.
Andruw Jones leftovers: not so much.
Listen, I love the job Kenny Williams does on the South Side. He’s one of the top general managers in the game. He’s a mover, a shaker and a risk taker…all to be appreciated for.
But adding Andruw Jones to the Sox lineup? Seriously, Kenny. C’mon!
The guy’s been an overweight, out of shape dope since signing a mega two-year, $36.2 million deal with the Dodgers in ’07.
Jones played so poorly in L.A. (.158 average) the Dodgers cut him after just 75 games.
Of course, he rebounded with the Rangers, but managed similar results…a batting average tittering around .200 with occasional hints of power.
Kenny Williams came calling anyway, offering a one-year, $500,000 deal.
I get the move; it’s a low risk/high reward move for the Sox. You take a washed up Jones, put him in hitter-friendly US Cellular Field and hope the 32-year-old has enough left in the tank to hit 30-plus home runs and drive in 80-plus runs.
Maybe Jones bounces back to his All Star ways, maybe not, but my gut sides with the later.
Whatever the case, Kenny can do better, especially with the Sox wanting to get younger. Which begs the question, why add a dried out, overweight Jones?
You can’t dislike the deal for the money, Jones was going for bargain-barrel cheap, but there’s no doubt this wasn’t money well spent.