Chipper Jones has reached agreement on a contract extension with the Atlanta Braves. The extension is said to be worth $42 million over three seasons, with an option for a fourth year at an additional $19 million.
"I didn't know much about the business when I first came to Atlanta, but I knew my goal was to play good enough and long enough to have this hopefully happen one day," the 36-year-old Jones said during a news conference at Atlanta's spring training stadium. "I am very, very grateful. The Braves made my decision easy."
"Nowadays, so many players play the game for the 1st and 15th [pay days], but I never have," he said. "Certainly, I want to be compensated fairly for what I do, but I wasn't going to hold the organization over a barrel. And I never wanted to be a player who makes so much money that we can't stay competitive on the field. That was my main concern."
The switch-hitting Jones will join newcomers Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez, and Garret Anderson to hopefully make a run this year in the loaded NL East.