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White Sox add depth with Andruw Jones
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff

Andruw Jones agreed Wednesday to a $500,000, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

 

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Published: 11/25/2009 1:53 PM | Updated: 11/25/2009 6:16 PM

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Kenny Williams' quest to stockpile veteran bench players continued Wednesday when the White Sox general manager signed outfielder Andruw Jones to a one-year, $500,000 contract.

Jones, 32, joins 42-year-old infielder Omar Vizquel, who was signed Monday and soon-to-be 34-year-old Mark Kotsay, who signed a one-year deal earlier this month.

The 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and five-time all-star batted .214 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI in 82 games with Texas in 2009 while making 53 starts as the designated hitter, 12 in left field, 5 in right field and 4 at first base.

He averaged 1 home run every 16.5 at-bats, which would have ranked eighth in the American League with the required plate appearances.

"This is an opportunity to add a power bat to the roster while improving our outfield depth," Williams said. "With the addition of Andruw, Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel, we feel our bench is taking shape to be a strong asset heading into the 2010 season."

Among players active in 2009, Jones ranks 10th in home runs, 15th in RBI and 19th in runs scored. His 388 home runs rank 52nd all-time.

He owns a .992 career fielding percentage in center field, the second-best mark since 1954 among players with at least 1,500 games at that position. Only Brett Butler (.993) ranks ahead of him.

Jones will receive a base salary of $500,000 in 2010 and up to an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.