Several media reports today have indicated that Andruw Jones has restructured his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in an attempt to facilitate his exit from LA. The deal with allow the Dodgers to pay Jones his $15 million salary, that he was scheduled to make this year, over the next six years. The Dodgers will pay no interest on the deferred funds.
Obviously, both Jones and the Dodgers don’t want him to be in LA for the 2009 season. The word is that Jones has requested a trade and if he can’t be traded the Dodgers will likely release him.
Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that a Mets source is telling him that even with the Dodgers paying Jones’ salary this year there’s no chance that the Mets will trade for Jones.
As I wrote last week, this deal barely makes sense for the Mets even if the Dodgers would take Luis Castillo in the trade. Carlos Beltran IS the Mets center fielder and Jones won’t be happy playing a corner. There’s no question in my mind about that. Not to mention the fact that Jones is overweight and just plain hasn’t hit for two consecutive seasons now.