Andruw Jones hoping for MLB comeback in 2016
In Atlanta on Sunday as part of Braves Alumni Weekend, Jones joined the Fox Sports South broadcast booth and reiterated that he is not retired - at least until he tries for one more MLB comeback in 2016.
"I'm going to give it one more try next year, and if I don't get it, I will retire," Jones told Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, and Tom Glavine.
Jones last played in the majors back in 2012, when he hit .197 with 14 homers in 97 games for the Yankees. He spent 2013 and 2014 in Japan playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, but despite hitting .232 with 50 home runs in that span and sending out interest feelers via agent Scott Boras, he was unable to land a job stateside as a potential bench bat this season.
"I just wanted to just go to Spring Training and give it a try and see what happens," Jones said. "I got a couple of phone calls, but nothing (came from them)."
Jones, who turns 39 in April, came up with Atlanta in 1996 and spent 12 seasons there, winning 10 Gold Gloves and earning five All-Star nods before leaving as a free agent following the 2007 campaign.
He spent one year each with the Dodgers, Rangers, and White Sox before coming to the Yankees in 2011, and is a career .254 hitter with 434 home runs over 17 MLB seasons.