But what leads me to believe that T.J. may be on to something here are a few things.
First of all Mr. Simmers regularly uses the Dodgers for his Page 2 column, and therefore is privy to the kinds of inside info on the team that most of us can only dream of, or as he might tell you, have night terrors about.
He is around the organization regularly, and has access to management and the locker room. And he seems to be indicating that he is aware of some masterful plan/plot that the Dodgers are engineering. I have not known Mr. Simmers to fabricate stories and have followed him all season.
Something else I know is that Jones does not want to play for the Dodgers after having embarrassed himself last season. And I can't say that I blame him that much. I would not expect his fragile psyche to be able to withstand the constant booing that Dodgers fans would serenade him with both at home and away, should he continue his current level of play.
This leaves open a possible scenario in which Jones makes a deal with the Dodgers. Jones may just give the Dodgers a break and work out some sort of arrangement that would allow him to be granted his unconditional release. I am not sure if that is even possible contractually, but if it is, then that would be fantastic. You must consider that it is almost totally guaranteed that Jones will never produce for the Dodgers. I really do hope that I am proven wrong in that prediction, but I would not count on it.
Here comes the best part: Freeing up the money which Jones is due would enable the Dodgers to pursue Manny Ramirez! Which leads me to my last reason for believing that something could happen: Scott Boras represents both Jones and Ramirez.
Let me know your thoughts below in the comments and the poll. I really want to see how many people feel that something like this will happen.
UPDATE: Two minutes before publishing this, MLB.com reported that there is in fact something in the works. In response to the $21.1 million still owed Jones this year, Ken Gurnick reports,
"The Dodgers are hoping to spread that money over more years. It could be done through an extension, which would move a chunk of money off the 2009 payroll. There also is the possibility of a deferred buyout, either to facilitate a trade or allow Jones to become a free agent."
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