Andruw Jones re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan

Thearon W. Henderson

The 36-year old drew some interest from major league teams, but decided to head back to Japan after winning a championship in his first season.

Outfielder Andruw Jones has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, according to a baseball source. Terms of the deal are not yet known. According to a source, Jones drew interest from two major league teams this offseason, but always maintained that his preference was to return to Japan.

Jones, 36, hit .243 with 26 HR and 94 RBI in 143 games for the Golden Eagles last season, leading the team to a Japan Series title in his first season overseas.

Jones last appeared in the majors in 2012 with the Yankees, hitting .197 with 14 HR and 34 RBI in 94 games. He is a veteran of seventeen major league seasons, and has posted a lifetime .254 batting average with 434 HR and 1289 RBI. In addition to being named to five NL All-Star teams during his time with the Braves, Jones was the recipient of ten consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1998 to 2007.

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