Friday, February 29, 2008

Old Faces, New Places

A look back at the off-season moves

By Michael Haas

I had so many questions at the end of last season about potential personnel moves, and I was genuinely excited to see where Andruw Jones and Lew Ford would end up. But a lot of stuff has happened since November, and I can't even recall many of the trades, acquisitions and signings. Let's take a look back, in order to look forward..

Today we'll look at the careers and new deals of..

Andruw Jones and Torii Hunter - City of Lights - A hall of fame type centerfielder was somehow eclipsed on the free agent market by an older gentlenman with a lot less impressive resume - Torii Hunter. It just goes to show that ones 'contract year' is very very important. Andruw Jones had a bad year in '07, hitting .222/26/94 and which earned him a 2-year $36 million contract with the Dodgers. Hunter hit .287/28/107, and was rewarded with a five-year, $90 million contract from the Angels. Wowza. Here's a look at their career stats:

So just remember: Andruw Jones is now a Dodger. He'll be good too.

Next time on Old Faces, New Places, we'll take a look at the Bedard and Santana trades. Have a good weekend.


TwinsWin83 said...

It still hasnt got any easier to think about the fact that come opening day at the Dome Torii will be wearing a big A on his lid instead of the Minnesota M. It will be a sad day indeed.

Jim H. said...

Maybe Andruw and Torii can go to an In-N-Out Burger joint in LA and share some fries. And some laughs.

Jim H. said...

Both contracts work out to $18 mil a year. You're saying Andruw probably deserved a longer term and a bit more per year because he's a better player, yes? But, damn, 18 million dollars!