The Los Angeles Dodgers and Andruw Jones have agreed to rework his contract to save the team $12 million off its 2009 payroll, SI.com has learned. The deal likely will lead to Jones playing elsewhere next year.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the sides were working on such an arrangement.
With Jones agreeing to defer more than half his $20 million salary to aid the team, it stands to reason that the team will agree to part ways with him at some point. Jones expressed a desire to the Dodgers that he'd like to play elsewhere in 2009.
The agreement between Jones and the Dodgers could save the club additional monies and perhaps enhance its chances to retain free-agent superstar Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers got company Friday in the chase for Ramirez, as the Giants have joined the bidding.
The Dodgers actually have done a terrific job of paring their payroll already this winter, as they are expected to lose free agents Derek Lowe, Brad Penny, Joe Beimel, Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent.