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Andruw Jones 'announcing retirement soon'

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The veteran outfielder has been hoping to receive an opportunity this winter.

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Veteran outfielder Andruw Jones has been hoping to make a comeback but "will be announcing his retirement soon," according to FOX Sports South's Cory McCartney.

Since November, Jones has reportedly hoped a club would at least consider signing him to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. However, considering Dexter Fowler, Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios are still on the market, it might be unlikely Jones gets another opportunity.

Jones, 38, did not play last season and has not played a major league game since joining the Yankees in 2012. He then spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons in Japan.

Jones was a teammate of Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz while he played for the Braves from 1996 through 2007. Both Chipper and Andruw Jones will be eligible to enter the Hall of Fame in 2018.

After joining the Braves at 19, Jones established himself as consistent major league outfielder who could produce regularly and provide power from the right side of the plate. Jones was also solid defensively, winning ten consecutive Gold Gloves in center field starting in 1998.

If Jones announces his retirement before the start of 2016, he will end his career with a .254/.337/.486 batting line to complement 434 career home runs.