Braves third baseman Chipper Jones holds himself to high standards. A .308 career hitter and switch-hitter, Jones has been in a funk this season, hitting a disappointing .268 in 124 games. He leads all third baseman in errors, and is hitting .234 since the All-Star break.
"I'm certainly not going to stick around for a big contract if I'm not having fun and not producing," said Jones, hitting nearly 100 points lower than his .364 in 2008. "I'm not saying I'm retiring at the end of this year or the end of next year, but if I become an average player, I'm not sticking around.
Jones signed a three year, 42 million dollar extension that runs through 2012 prior to the season, but apparently would walk away from it if his struggles continue.
Jones did hit .290 in the first half, so he hasn't completely gone off the deep end. Maybe a switch to first base would better suit Jones for the back-end of his career. If the Braves were to move him, the Braves could enter the race for Chone Figgins and stick him at third base.