I have faith in the Mariners—faith beyond all imagination. I believe that they will, and should, sign Andruw Jones.
The Mariners, and new GM Jack Zduriencik have shown that no player's position is safe.
Signing Andruw Jones is very low-risk. If he doesn't play well in Seattle, we would lose a very small amount of money. I believe we could get Jones for a $3 million, one year deal.
Andruw Jones could play left field, and if he was not able to bounce back after a horrible 2008 season, new manager Don Wakamatsu could fill the spot with Endy Chavez or Wladamir Balentein. And if he was to bounce back, the Mariners would have found the replacement for Raul Ibanez, and then some.
Jones has enough money coming to him every year after negotiations with the Dodgers, so he could sign for a smaller amount of money.
Jones hit 41 home runs in 2006 and 51 in 2005.
Imagine that—51 home runs in the Mariners outfield for $3 millions.
Jones never hit one home run in Dodger Stadium in 2008—could it have been the city? Could it have been that he had too much pressure on him to hit 30 or 40 home runs?
If he returned to Seattle, Jones would have little-to-no pressure on him to even hit 20 home runs.
Here is how the Mariners would then look:
C—Jeff Clement/Kenji Johjima
DH.— Kenji Johjima/Jeff Clement/Wladamir Balentein
That looks like a fairly solid line up—especially if all the players work to their full potential.