Ex-Braves great Andruw Jones is attempting a major-league comeback in 2016 and is hoping to receive offers before spring training, he told MLB Daily Dish late Tuesday. Jones, who has spent the last few years in Japan, will retire if he does not receive any offers.
Jones, 38, is a veteran of 17 major-league seasons with the Braves (1996-2007), Dodgers (2008), Rangers (2009), White Sox (2010) and Yankees (2011-12), and spent 2013 and 2014 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. He has hit 434 home runs in the majors since breaking in with the Braves in 1996, and has been named to five All-Star teams while winning 10 Gold Gloves.
Jones has drawn interest from major-league clubs over the past couple offseasons, but has decided to return to Japan both times. The Indians and Yankees are two clubs who are thought to have had interest in him in recent years, though it is unclear if they are considering him for 2016.
Jones hit 50 home runs in his two seasons in Japan, so he could provide some right-handed pop for a team looking for a spark off the bench.