Five-time All-Star Andruw Jones took his career to Japan last year after 17 Major League seasons, and now the 36-year-old has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Two big league clubs expressed interest in Jones this offseason, Cotillo reported. However, his preference was to remain in Nippon Professional Baseball after helping the Golden Eagles to a Japan Series title by hitting .243 with 26 home runs, 94 RBIs and an .845 OPS.
Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner for his prowess in center field, last played in the Majors for the Yankees in 2012. He hit .197 in 94 games that year but slugged 14 homers. The Curacao native owns a career batting line of .254/.337/.486, with 434 home runs and 1,289 RBIs for the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees.
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